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Uric Acid * Challenging Our Ability To Remain Healthy

I’ve been on a Uric Acid bender for a while now, and was excited to discover Dr. David Perlmutter’s new book, Drop Acid. You know the most threatening pandemic of our modern times is not a virus. The number one cause of death on our planet continues to be chronic, metabolic conditions and the multitude of diseases that result.

These chronic conditions include metabolic syndrome, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. What does insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s, all have in common?


High Uric Acid Levels!


To be sure, this is new science. Historically, uric acid has mostly been considered in the context of either gout or kidney stones. But researchers over the past decade have revealed that uric acid is actually playing a central role in metabolic disorders, such as obesity and insulin resistance, elevated blood glucose, coronary heart disease, renal disease, and more.



Uric Acid Crystals


Also, we learn that uric acid is the direct product of fructose metabolism, as uric acid levels have been rising in together with our growing consumption of fructose, especially with the widespread addition of high fructose corn syrup to so many of our foods.


So what can be done?


Well, simple dietary changes to reduce our fructose intake, and reduce consumption of foods high in purines, are good places to start.


Purines are the building blocks of DNA and RNA. But high levels of purines are found in alcoholic beverages, some fish, seafood and shellfish, some meat and meat products, such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison and organ meats like liver, and when broken down by the body form uric acid.


So much “good stuff” is hard to avoid, who doesn’t love red wine or some mouthwatering Cajun boudin. Fortunately, supplementing our diet can be very effective.


Watch out for fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Break away from the sugar cartel and get back to water, tea, or other functional beverages.


Even before the release of Perlmutter’s book Drop Acid, I had become a huge proponent of Tart Cherry.


Tart cherry is one of nature’s wonderful gifts. One day my big toe joint hurt so bad I could hardly walk, which is a typical symptom of gout and a uric acid level out of whack. My pain was gone shortly after consuming some tart cherry juice concentrate and a bottle of water. Anyone working at A Moveable Feast that day can attest.


Tart Cherries


If tart cherry can curb my gout attack almost instantaneously, imagine how it can help support a healthy uric acid level and fight the silent killers, like cardiovascular disease and stroke.


Supplementation with the dietary polyphenol known as Quercetin, naturally inhibits a particular enzyme required for the formation uric acid. Quercetin has become famous lately, as it is an amazing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement.


The omega-3-fatty acid DHA, and freshwater algae Chlorella, are also showing good results in supporting healthy uric acid levels.


As we can see, some easy dietary and lifestyle changes that can dramatically lower uric acid and favorably impact metabolism. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Drop Acid, as it contains numerous recipes to help your uric acid levels in check.


We at A Movable Feast, encourage your work with your trusted health care provider to assess your uric acid levels and the recommend the best course for treatment.


Blessings to all my readers,


Mike E.

Proprietor and Steward

A Movable Feast






IMAGE CREDITS


1. Uric Acid Crystals "This image is taken from On the pigmentation of uric acid crystals deposited from urine" by Medical Heritage Library, Inc. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

2. Tart Cherries "Cherries" by amandabhslater is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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