Lower Your Own Uric AcidOctober 09, 2022
How To Lower Uric Acid by Yourself
It's quite a surprise to find that uric acid is not just a passive chemical that represents the final step of purine digestion. It is an active hormone, a part of your metabolome, that plays a big role in altering the direction of your core metabolism. Oh yes, and too much of it causes gout. Let's not forget.
If you conceptualize how that came about, you can consider the most pernicious cause of uric acid comes from eating fruit. The sugar fructose isn't regulated in its entry to liver cells, and floods the liver cell, depleting it of ATP, your energy molecule built on the chassis of the purine called adenine. Your free ATP falls as adenine gets digested off into uric acid. And you develop fatty liver. But it's fruit season, just before the dry season when there are no calories. Your body needs to build up fat stores to make it through the relative starvation of dry season. Research on orangutans shows just that. They gorge on fruit when it is available, gain 40 pounds, then coast on their boring diet of green leaves until fruit shows up again. That is the teleological engine driving natural selection to make uric acid participate in getting fat.
Today we don't eat fruit with fiber, we drink orange juice which is basically yellow-colored sugar water. And we guzzle "Big Gulps" of sugared soda, replete with high fructose corn syrup. Our intake of fructose has skyrocketed, and boy, do we get fat! Today we don't eat fruit with fiber, we drink orange juice which is basically yellow-colored sugar water. And we guzzle "Big Gulps" of sugared soda, replete with high fructose corn syrup. Our intake of fructose has skyrocketed, and boy, do we get fat!
But that leads us to understand how to lower uric acid all by ourselves. It's simple. First and foremost, stop eating/drinking fructose in all its forms. We know that sugared soda drinkers have higher uric acid. So that's easy. But you need to also be a Sherlock Holmes regarding all the foods that have sugar added to them. Some 80% of American prepared foods have extra sugar added. Ah, so watch out for those baked beans, and ketchup and learn the 50 names for sugar by which the food industry hides it. (Agave syrup, barley malt, blackstrap molasses.......)
Then you can add some targeted supplements that do a good job of lowering uric acid. Quercetin, for example, is a star. 500-1000 mg will do. Luteolin, an ancient yellow dye, derived from plants also lowers it. Vitamin C, 500 mg a day will do it too. A fifteen-year-old study of men shows a 44% reduction in gout by taking C. Ha! Then add some fish oiland cherries and live gout free.
www.What will Work for me. Well, I just bought my own uric acid home-measuring device. It works like a charm. A finger prick and $ 37 are the only barriers. I wasted two tests learning how to do it, then read the instructions and did it right. I still have 22 tests to go for that price. I came in at 4.8. Men should be below 5 so I'm a bit close to the top. I stopped taking Vitamin C a couple of months ago out of supplement fatigue, but I'll add it back.
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1. What is uric acid? Answer: The breakdown end product of purine digestion/metabolism.
2. What is the most common purine molecule that gets digested and wasted, thereby making your uric acid go up? Answer: Our energy molecule, ATP. That A stands for Adenosine, a purine.
3. What role does uric acid play in a "natural world"? Answer: during the season of fruit abundance (end of the growing season and just prior to the starvation season), extra fructose in fruit would have been useful in helping shift our entire metabolic system to calorie storage. Hence, a tiny bit of fructose helps you retain and save calories. That used to be useful. Now, I tiny bit shifts your metabolism and helps you get fat, and fatter. And in the extreme, get gout.
4. The food industry knows you are trying to avoid sugar. It changes the name it puts on packages so it doesn't have to list sugar as the first ingredient. Can you name all 50 alternative sugar names that are, in fact, sugar? Answer: No. I can't. But I know how to look them up.
5. Can you name 5 supplements that help lower uric acid? Answer: Quercetin, luteolin, fish oil, cherries, Vitamin C, and fish oil.