Alkaline urine increases removal of uric acid better than an acid urine. This was demonstrated by A. Kanbara and co-scientists in Japan. Uric acid is reabsorbed back into the body more easily from acidic urine compared to alkaline urine.
Protein-rich diets produce higher uric acid blood levels. Alkaline diets, rich in fruits and vegetables, produce less uric acid. University students were fed on one of these two diets for 5 days. Extensive urine and blood testing was done, and it took three days for the urine to stabilize after the change to the new diets from the students’ regular diets. Urine pH stabilized at 6.7 for the alkaline diet and at 5.9 for the acid diet.
At the end of the study, the students on the acid diets had higher uric acid blood levels and lower urine levels of uric acid than students on the alkaline diets. The acid diet reduces the clearance of uric acid from the body by way of the urine compared to the alkaline diet.
Alkaline foods can help remove uric acid from the body. This is important for people with gout, as gout results from high uric acid levels in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia is associated with higher cancer rates even without gout symptoms. So, eat your fruits and vegetables, and go easy on the acid-producing foods.
CONCLUSION: To lower your uric acid blood levels eat a more alkaline diet.
NOTE: To read more about the alkalinity and acidity of foods and herbs, go to Summary #501.
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