It is said that Uric acid is bad for us simply because it can result to severe joint condition. Uric acid is a substance that is created when chemical compounds found in food, known as purines, break down and are dissolved into the blood. It is produced as a byproduct of protein digestion and typically excreted by the kidneys through urine.
“Purines contribute to the building blocks for DNA and RNA, however, the uric acid it produces has no useful function in the body,” Dr Dheeraj Dubey, Joint Replacement Surgeon of Shalby Hospital said. “Uric acid builds up in the blood but will accumulate around the joints when it can’t pass through the body as needed. It is deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints and soft tissues. This causes inflammation, swelling, stiffness, pain, and heat in the joints. Gout is an extremely painful joint condition that is caused by an excess of uric acid in the joints,” he added.
Ask a doctor about it and they would said that it has something to do with your diet and nutrition. When your body got too much then it could result to Hyperuricemia, which is believe to bean excess of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid passes through the liver, and enters your bloodstream. Most of it is excreted (removed from your body) in your urine, or passes through your intestines to regulate “normal” levels.
Too much protein
The body produces it on a regular basis, but if too much is produce then the kidney would have a hard time to get rid of it though urine. Chances are, you would be suffering from a severe joint condition if the kidney can’t do its job. Perhaps, one of the most popular condition related to it is gout. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. The symptoms of gout are due to the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints and the body’s response to them. Gout most classically affects the joint in the base of the big toe.
Foods that contribute to uric acid buildup include dried beans, liver, gravies & anchovies. Other are scallops, asparagus, mackerel, and mushrooms.
What you should do
- Make sure you tell your doctor, as well as all healthcare providers, about any other medications you are taking (including over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal remedies).
- Remind your doctor or healthcare provider if you have a history of diabetes, liver, kidney, or heart disease.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding lowering your blood uric acid level and treating your hyperuricemia. If your blood levels are severely elevated, he or she may prescribe medications to lower the uric acid levels to a safe range.
Source: DNA India, Chemo Care, Medical News Today