Purine heavy foods contribute to the uric acid found in the body, which can lead to problems with gout and kidney stones. Foods with the highest purine concentration include organ meats, such as liver and heart, as well as some types of fish, such as anchovies and mackerel.
Uric acid is produced through normal bodily functions and is typically expelled from the body through the kidneys. A build-up of uric acid could mean that the kidneys are not functioning properly, or it could be caused by factors such as weight and diet, medications that increase uric acid concentrations, and major illnesses.
Eliminating foods with high levels of purine may help reduce the uric acid found in the blood stream. Other diet considerations include limiting alcohol consumption, drinking plenty of fluids and eating enough carbohydrates to help the body eliminate excess uric acid.
Medications to treat an excess of uric acid can be prescribed by a medical professional and anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, may be prescribed for short-term pain relief. Some supplements, such as devil’s claw and eicosapentaenoic acid, have been found to reduce inflammation and may be useful in the treatment of gout, but more research is necessary to determine how much benefit can be achieved from ingesting these homeopathic medicines.