High Uric Acid in Blood - Causes, Effects and Treatments

High uric acid in blood can cause excruciating gout, and even kidney stones. Here, you'll learn the causes of high uric acid in blood, the long term effect of these high levels, and, both drug-based and natural treatments for gout-causing high acid levels.
First, let's get to know something called "purines". These are chemical compounds that exist in our bodies and in our foods. They are extremely important to us because they are responsible for providing us with our energy and protein needs.
However, part of that process is that these proteins break down, and an outcome is the production of uric acid in the blood. Now, under 'normal' levels of acid production, your kidneys then process and flush most of the uric acid out of your system, leaving low levels in the blood that tend not to cause any problems.
But if there is just too much acid produced, or, if your kidneys aren't functioning efficiently, then not enough acid is being expelled and so excess acid is retained in your blood and obviously circulated around your body.
The result of these high uric acid levels is that this excess uric acid can collect in and around your joints in the form of crystals. And these crystals are needle-shaped, so that they cause the symptoms of, what we know as, gout: swelling, redness, inflammation and excruciating pain.
Gout is just so painful that the sufferer -- perhaps like you right now? -- is pretty much disabled; they can't work and they can't get about. Even the light weight of bed linen causes so much pain that sleep is disturbed.
But one of the most disturbing aspects is that, once having suffered a gout attack, you are almost certain to suffer more, i.e. recurring gout. And frequent attacks can lead to permanently damaged joints and even kidney problems, such as kidney stones and other kidney problems.
That's why it's very important, if you're a gout sufferer, to prevent further attacks at all costs.
(1) Mainstream Treatments
Doctors generally prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, and, drugs to help lower uric acid levels. Commonly used are non-steroidal (NSAIDs), colchicines and corticosteroids. These are prescribed to deal with a gout attack's symptoms. Allopurinol is one of the favoured uric acid reduction drugs which is a much longer term medication used between attacks.
All of these work pretty well, but, they do have a range of possible nasty side effects. Among the most common are; nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, stomach ulcers, bleeding and diarrhea. And they can be costly, especially having to take the uric acid reduction drugs over long periods, perhaps years.
These are some of the reasons why natural home remedies are finding favour with more and more gout sufferers. Of course, many go straight to natural remedies because they don't like taking drugs in any case.
(2) Natural Remedies For Uric Acid
There are very many remedies out there, too many to list here. But here are some of the most popular and effective...
(a) Drink plenty water; at least 12 x 8oz glasses each day. Water aids your kidneys in their work and helps to excrete uric acid from your system via you urine.
(b) Consume lots of cherries, which have natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Eat a bowl every day.
(c) Take natural supplements like fish oil which helps reduce joint inflammation. Suggested dose of 2 by 2 grams of fish oil capsules per day.
(d) Drink un-distilled, raw, apple cider vinegar daily. Add 3 teaspoons of vinegar to a 8oz glass of warm water and drink 3 times a day. You can add some honey to make it taste better!
The natural approach isn't just about herbs and so on. There are many things to consider, one of which is your diet.
Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and there are varying levels of purines in our food, it is just common sense for someone who suffers from gout to reduce their purine intake. You do this by avoiding foods that are high or very high in purines. But how do we recognise these?
In general, foods that have high levels of purines are foods that are high in protein, e.g. red meats, liver, kidneys, heart, brains, turkey, partridge, goose, some fish, shellfish, yeasts, dried legumes, mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, and many more; too many to list.
The problem is, of course, that you can't just ditch all foods with protein because protein is very important. The trick is to understand which ones you can avoid, which ones you can just reduce and which ones you can eat.
You're in luck though. There's a uric acid gout report available online that thousands of ex-gout victims worldwide have successfully used to prevent their gout returning. It also contains a special 2 hour gout pain relief program.
And it uses fully-researched, totally natural methods. So that you benefit two ways: (1) you get rid of your excruciating pain very fast, and, (2) you prevent your gout returning, so that you reduce the risk of permanent damage.