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Uric acid is a heterocyclic compound of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen with the formula C5H4N4O3. It forms ions and salts known as urates and acid urates such as ammonium acid urate. It is a chemical created when the body breaks down substances called purines. Purines are found in some foods and drinks, such as liver, anchovies, mackerel, dried beans and peas and beer. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passes through the kidneys into the urine. But, when more uric acid is produced than the kidneys can eliminate means high levels of uric acid in the body is called hyperuricemia.

Normal levels of uric acid in the human body range between 3.9 and 7.0 milligrams per deciliter. Levels that fall outside these numbers are considered to suggest a uric acid disease or a uric acid problem that requires treatment. When patients have levels of uric acid in the blood exceeding 7.0 milligrams per deciliter, they are said to have hyperuricemia, which can be resolved by treating the underlying condition or by treating the hyperuricemia itself.

Diseases from High Uric Acid :

Hyperuricemia, or excess uric acid, can be caused by an underlying condition or disease. For example, gout, alcohol addiction, acidosis, leukemia, lead poisoning, diabetes, kidney failure, toxic pregnancy and hypoparathyroidism all interfere with the body's ability to properly process and excrete uric acids. As a result, hyperuricemia or uric acid disease is common in patients with these underlying conditions.

Causes Of High Uric Acid Leval In The Body :

1)  Diuretic medications (water pills)

2)  Drinking too much alcohol

3)  Genetics (inherited tendencies)

4)  Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

5)  Immune-suppressing drugs : Drugs used to treat high blood pressure, namely aspirin or diuretics, are known to cause high uric acid because of their interactions with the kidneys. Immune-suppressing drugs have also been identified as a cause.

6)  Niacin, or vitamin B-3 :  Taking large amounts Niacin, or vitamin B-3 elevated blood levels of uric acid (which can cause gout), never take without consulting a nutritionally oriented doctor.

7) Obesity : Obesity has been correlated to increase the overall risk for the development of high levels of uric acid within the blood. Individuals with a BMI that indicates obesity are much more likely to develop the presence of higher uric acid levels.

8) Psoriasis : High levels of Uric Acid may ensure higher Intellectual and Physical Activity in the people with psoriasis, compared to the people without psoriasis.
   
9) Purine-rich diet — organ meat, game meat, anchovies, herring, gravy, dried beans, dried peas, mushrooms and other foods
   
10)Renal insufficiency — inability of the kidneys to filter waste.

Steps to Lower Uric Acid Levels or Reduce Uric Acid in body :

1) Reduce high uric acid levels in your body by drinking large quantities of water. Water not only keeps you properly hydrated, but also dilutes the acid so that the particles won't crystallize around your joints. Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water everyday. Drink small amounts regularly throughout the day.

2) Consume a baking soda solution to help dissolve uric acid crystals, and, increase uric acid solubility. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 oz of water. Mix thoroughly, and drink maximum 8 glasses daily.

3) Follow a low-purine diet to reduce your levels. Since uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, and, purines also exist in our foods, a gout sufferer needs to go onto a diet that is relatively low in purines in order to lessen uric acid levels. This also means avoiding high purine foods completely.

4) Don't drink alcohol, especially red wine for one month. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Both substances can cause high levels of uric acid. Drink two or three litres of water daily to ensure proper hydration.

5) Follow the directions for any medications you are taking to reduce your levels of uric acid.

6) Coffee Consumption May Lower Blood Uric Acid Levels.

7) Yoga is highly effective in easing the discomfort associated with the buildup of uric acid in addition to hastening the cause of recovery.

8) Stretch and keep fluid movement going in the joints to minimize the formation of uric acid crystals.

9) Avoid strenuous activities that can cause dehydration for one month.

10)Vitamin C may be helpful to reduce high uric acid levels

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