Uric acid crystals can form within the body from unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is one of the final products in the protein breakdown of purines from foods. The body normally gets rid of excess circulating uric acid through urine excretion. However, some people develop hyperuricemia, where they retain high levels of uric acid that can crystallize.
There are herbs available that may help to dissolve uric acid crystals
Drinking fresh lemon juice can prevent gout attacks or reduce the inflammatory reaction by stimulating the formation of calcium carbonate within the body, as cited in “Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition.” Calcium carbonate neutralizes acids within the blood, including excess uric acid that lead to gout attacks in joints such as the big toe. Fresh lemon juice is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which strengthens the connective tissues around joints and minimizes damage done by the sharp uric acid crystals. Further, the citric acid within lemon act as a solvent for the crystals and dissolves them, lowering serum uric acid levels.
Most vegetable oils turn into rancid fats when heated or processed. The rancid fats destroy the vital vitamin E in the body, which is essential for controlling uric acid levels.
Opt for cold-pressed olive oil rather than using vegetable oil, butter or shortening in your cooking and baking. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that remain stable when heated. Plus, it is high in vitamin E and antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Burdock root is a prominent traditional herbal remedy for a variety of arthritis types, including acute gout attacks. Due to burdock roots abilities to clean the bloodstream of toxins, reduce inflammation and promote the excretion of urine, which contains uric acid, it is considered an effective folk remedy for gout, according to “The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine.” A common recommended dosage is 20 to 30 drops of burdock root tincture mixed in 8 oz. of water, three to four times a day for a few days.
Devil’s claw is a natural anti-inflammatory commonly used to treat the symptoms of various types of arthritis, including gout. Devil’s claw is able to dissolve and reduce the levels of uric acid within the bloodstream. A common recommended dosage of Devil’s claw is 500 to 750 mg, three times daily, while suffering from an acute gout attack.
Baking soda, also called bicarbonate of soda, is highly beneficial for lowering uric acid levels and reducing gout pain. It helps maintain the natural alkaline balance in the body and makes the uric acid more soluble and easier to flush out of the kidneys.
1. Mix one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
2. Drink up to four glasses of this daily for two weeks. You can drink it every two to four hours.
Alfalfa is not only a rich source of numerous vitamins and minerals, but it also reduces serum uric acid levels. Further, alfalfa has a powerful alkalizing affect within the body, raising pH levels and dissolving uric acid crystals, which is an effective way of preventing gout attacks, as cited in “Medical Herbalism.” In general, uric acid stays dissolved in alkaline, or basic, fluids within the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Being a natural cleanser and detoxifier, apple cider vinegar can help remove wastes like uric acid from the body. It contains malic acid that helps break down and eliminate uric acid. Apple cider vinegar also helps restore the alkaline acid balance in the body and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
1. Add one teaspoon of raw, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
2. Drink this solution two or three times a day.
You can gradually increase the amount of apple cider vinegar up to two tablespoons per glass of water and continue this remedy until your uric acid levels come down.
Sour Black Cherries
Fresh black cherries and cherry juice concentrate are popular remedies for gout and kidney stones made from uric acid. Black cherries lower serum levels of uric acid and contribute to dissolving the precipitated crystals within gouty joints and kidney stones, according to “Biochemistry of Human Nutrition.” Sour cherries also have an alkalizing effect on the blood and tissues, similar to alfalfa and lemon juice. Further, most cherries contain an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and most are high in anthocyanins, which are strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories,
There are also several Chinese herbs used for uric acid buildup. These include shen qu, smilax root and sophora. According to Krishna Herbal Company, there are many Indian herbs for gout and uric acid, including shallaki, giloy, ashwagandha and guggul.
Drinking plenty of water helps optimize uric acid filtering. It helps dilute the uric acid and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate excess amounts from the body through urine.
Plus, drinking adequate water regularly can reduce the risk of recurrent gout attacks. In an internet-based study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, researchers found that participants who drank five to eight glasses of water in the 24-hour period prior to a possible gout attack had a 40 percent decreased risk of an attack compared with those who drank only one glass of water or less.
• Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water throughout the day.
• Also, include more fluids and fresh, water-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet.