An individual is said to be a patient of uric acid when the level of uric acid production increases in his/her body.In other terms, the increase in uric acid level is known as hyperuricemia. For men the normal range of uric acid is 3.4 to 7, whereas for women the range is 2.4 to 6 (mg/dL).
If the uric acid level in the blood is higher than the normal range, the person suffers from a very common type of arthritis known as gout. In some cases, high level of uric acid may also lead to kidney stones.
In most of the cases, the uric acid level in the body increases because of consumption of foods that are rich in purines, a substance which produces uric acid in the body when it gets digested. Hence, for a gout patient, foods that are rich in purines like, yeast, sweetbread, mince meat etc. should be avoided.
Here are some foods that can help you to reduce your high uric acid level:
Tofu: This food is considered to be very good for controlling uric acid level in the body. It also helps in removing uric acid via urine. Instead of animal fats, consuming tofu is a much better option.
Carbohydrates: You must include loads of carbs in your diet plan. Try to have foods that have moderate amount of protein and very low amount of fat. Include more of complex carbohydrates in your diet chart.
Fiber: High fiber foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains protect your body from excessive uric acid production. It also improves your digestion process.
Protein: Some proteins like, defatted soybeans, sprouts and low fat meat/lean meat should be taken for proper functioning of the body. But protein rich foods like animal fats, eggs etc. should be strictly avoided by the patient.
Fruits: Fresh fruits are very important for the reduction of high uric acid level. Cherries are the best for this condition. You can also have a glass of sour cherry juice everyday to reduce gout pain and excessive uric acid production.
Have loads of liquids: Keep the body properly hydrated by drinking loads of water, fruit juices and soups each day. Avoid alcohol; it increases uric acid.
Apart form these, don’t forget to exercise regularly and visit the doctor from time to time, to check your uric acid level.