What is Uric Acid? What Should We Aware For?


What is uric acid?

Uric acid is a heterocyclic compound that forms ions and salts known as urates and acid urates, such as ammonium acid urate.

Most of the time, a high uric acid level occurs when your kidneys don’t eliminate uric acid efficiently. Things that may cause this slow-down in the removal of uric acid include rich foods, being overweight, having diabetes, taking certain diuretics (sometimes called water pills) and drinking too much alcohol. Other less common causes are a diet high in purine-containing items or your body producing too much uric acid. Foods and drinks containing high purine levels include:

  • Alcohol.
  • Red meat and organ meats.
  • Shellfish.
  • Gravy.
  • Drinks and foods high in fructose.
  • Protein from animal sources. All protein from animal flesh can potentially lead to elevated uric acid levels.

Causes of uric acid:

  • Diuretics
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Genetics
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Niacin, or vitamin B-3
  • Obesity
  • Psoriasis
  • Purine-rich diet — liver, game meat, anchovies, sardines, gravy, dried beans and peas, mushrooms, and other foods
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Tumor lysis syndrome

Uric Acid Symptoms:

  • severe pain in your joints.
  • joint stiffness.
  • difficulty moving affected joints.
  • redness and swelling.
  • misshapen joints.

Suggestions for patient with uric acid:

You can make certain lifestyle changes to help prevent uric acid:

  • Drink plenty of water to help your kidneys function better and avoid dehydration.
  • Exercise regularly to stay at a healthy weight. Extra weight increases uric acid in your body and puts more stress on joints.

Misconception of Nuewee Protein

  1. Patient with uric acid cannot consume too much fructose?

Eating too much fructose will cause uric acid. However, Nuewee Protein has only 1.25g fructose which is less than tomato (1.7g), orange (3g), apple (10g) and banana (6g)! So, patients with uric acid can consume Nuewee Protein!

2. Patient with uric acid cannot consume animal protein?

Consuming too much animal protein can increase a person’s risk of uric acid. However, Nuewee Protein is a plant-based protein. So, Nuewee Protein is safe to consume.

3. Patient with uric acid cannot consume soy foods?

Soy foods contain a moderate amount of purine and may predispose to raise serum uric acid (UA). However, Nuewee Protein is soy protein which is isolated from soybean that has been dehulled and defatted. Dehulled and defatted soybean is belongs to low-purine food. Therefore, Nuewee Protein is safe to consume.

Patients with uric acid may discuss their individual protein needs with a doctor, as the requirement will vary from person to person.

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