Uric acid is a waste product of the metabolism of protein. It is also present in some foods. It can cause problems when people do not have the right enzymes to digest it. The precipitation of uric acid can cause kidney stones or gout. Gout is associated with inflammation and pain, which is a result of the uric acid crystals depositing in joints.
People that want to reduce the production of uric acid need to drink plenty of fluids (except for alcohol which needs to be limited). Water may actually help to dissolve already formed stones. In addition, monitor your diet. Reduce intake of foods with a high uric acid content. These foods include: shellfish (lobster, crabs, scallops, oysters etc), organ meats (liver, kidney), red meat, certain vegetables (beans, peas), and fish (mackerel, herring, sardines, anchovies).Login to Favorite