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Uric Acid and Joint Pain

Uric Acid and Joint Pain

Easy Ways to Cut a Common Cause of Joint Pain

Henry VIII left quite a legacy. Six wives… the founding of a church… and a legendary love of food. In fact, Henry is often pictured with his foot propped up and wrapped in bandages.

“The disease of kings,” as Henry’s problem was called has been linked to eating rich food for centuries. But the disease of kings has been striking more and more often. Cases have reportedly doubled in the last 20 years.

And it hasn’t been royals who’ve been suffering.

You see, Henry had a problem that’s increasingly common: High uric acid levels. When uric acid builds up in your body, crystals form. Some of these uric acid crystals wind up working their way into your joints, causing swelling and excruciating pain.

The problem usually works its way from the toes up. It often strikes first at the joint where your big toe attaches to your foot. Thus, the classic image of Henry.

This painful condition not only destroys joints. High uric acid levels are also linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, kidney problems and even heart trouble. So you should take it seriously.

Diet has a lot to do with high uric acid levels. Cutting down on foods that promote higher uric acid levels is a good place to start.

Meat, seafood, and most poultry are high in purines, which your body converts to uric acid. Many Americans over-indulge in these main-course foods. A serving of meat or seafood should be just 3 – 4 ounces. That’s about the size of a standard deck of cards.

Alcohol promotes higher uric acid levels, too, so keep your intake moderate. Especially stay away from beer. It also slows your body’s ability to clear out excess uric acid.

Finally, avoid anything that contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Studies suggest fructose raises your risk of this painful joint problem.1 But don’t worry about fruit. It doesn’t have the high fructose levels of sodas and other HFCS-sweetened foods.

Some foods have an opposite effect on uric acid.

Cherries are especially helpful. We’ve known at least back as far as 1950 that Bing cherries promote healthy uric acid levels.2 And, as even recent research shows, this can lead to a lot less pain.3

Of course, you may not want to eat a half-pound of cherries every day to keep the pain at bay. (I suppose you could even grow bored with cherries.) So here’s a common nutritional supplement that may help…

Vitamin C.

In a 2009 study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, scientists compared vitamin C intake with cases of this painful joint problem.

Scientists reviewed the records of almost 47,000 men. Over 20 years, men who took 1,500 mg or more of vitamin C a day were only about half as likely to have the problem. Even men who took only 250 mg a day cut their risk by 17%.4

Not every trial with vitamin C has been successful at lowering uric acid. But a major review of studies done in 2011 found that, overall, vitamin C is effective. With all its other benefits, it’s certainly worth a try.

You have nothing to lose but the pain.

Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

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1 Choi, H.K., et al, “Fructose-Rich Beverages and Risk of Gout in Women,” JAMA. Nov 24, 2010; 304(20): 2270-2278.

2 Blau, L.W., “Cherry diet control for gout and arthritis,” Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine. 1950; 8: 309-311.

3 Zhang, Y., et al, “Cherry consumption and decreased risk of recurrent gout attacks,” Arthritis Rheum. Dec 2012; 64(12): 4004-4011.

4 Choi, H.K., et al, ” Vitamin C intake and the risk of gout in men: a prospective study,” Arch Intern Med. Mar 9, 2009; 169(5): 502-507.

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