- Posted August 13, 2013 by
Tips for High uric acid Patients
"If you reduce uric acid, at least in some patients, you may be able to reduce blood pressure," said Dr. Daniel Feig, associate professor of pediatrics-renal at BCM and chief of the pediatric hypertension clinics at Texas Children's Hospital. "This could be one way people develop hypertension and may allow us to develop new therapies." MayoClinic.com also reports that high uric acid is often a precursor to high blood pressure.
Uric acid builds up when the body makes too much of it or fails to excrete it. It is a waste product resulting from the metabolism of food. The level of uric acid in your blood can become elevated if your body produces too much or if it doesn't efficiently dispose of it. It is very important to keep your diet in check to avoid food that increases the Uric Acid content in the body.
Diet Tips for High Uric Acid Patients:
Lower fat intake as excess fat reduces normal excretion of uric acid.
Liberal fluid intake to keep the urine dilute.
Restriction or elimination of alcohol.
What to Avoid:
Shell fishes, red meat, mince meat, meat extracts, organ meats, fishes (sardine, roe, makeral).
Whole pulses (masur, rajmah, chana, chole, etc.). Other dals are allowed.
Vegetables and fruits - green peas, spinach, french beans, brinjal,cauliflower, mushroom, chickoo, custard apple.
Use less salt while cooking. Avoid adding salt while cooking rice or in chapatti dough.
Use adjuncts like tomato, vinegar, cocum, amchur, lime juice, curd, pepper powder to make the food cooked with less salt palatable.
Remove the salt shaker from the table.
Avoid salted nuts/ biscuits, papads, pickles, chutneys.
Avoid excess consumption of processed and preserved foods; eg. Bakery products
Caution - Do not overdo on salt substitutes as that might cause an electrolyte imbalance.
Fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries and other red-blue berries
Vegetables including cabbage and parsley
Foods high in bromelain (pineapple)
Foods high in vitamin C (red cabbage, red bell peppers, tangerines, mandarins, oranges, potatoes)
Low-fat dairy products
Complex carbohydrates (breads, cereals)