What can I take to bring my uric acid levels back to normal?
Q. Dear Terry, “A urine test showed elevated levels of uric acid in my urine. What can I take to bring my uric acid levels back to normal?” — Mary S., Chicago, IL
A. Dear Mary, Uric acid is a chemical your body creates when it breaks down purines, a substance found naturally in the body and concentrated in some foods, like red meat, beans, and alcohol. There are many factors that can play a role in high uric acid levels, so I encourage you to further discuss this with your primary care physician.
When it comes to elevated uric acid levels, cherries are the first thing that comes to mind. Cherries are an extremely nutritious fruit, containing important nutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. In fact, clinical studies have shown that cherries can help to reduce uric acid levels.
I recommend using a tart cherry product, especially one that contains a freeze-dried extract with no added sugar. Freeze-drying, rather than spray-drying or drum-drying, fully preserves the plant compounds needed by the body to reduce uric acid levels, instead of losing them during processing (by exposing the berries to heat). I would suggest 750 mg – 1,500 mg of tart cherry extract twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally