Title

The implementation of dietary approaches in hyperuricemic individuals: Alternatives to drug therapy to decrease serum uric acid

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Journal

Integrative Medicine (Boulder)

Volume

12

Issue

4

Abstract

Hyperuricemia, a high level of serum uric acid (SUA), is thought to be a marker of oxidative stress in the body. Traditional treatment of the condition is by xanthine oxidase inhibitors, powerful drugs that decrease the body's production of purines and limit the amount of uric acid formed. Research shows that dietary changes in hyperuricemic patients with and without comorbidities can also lead to decreases in SUA levels. This article summarizes existing literature on nutritional interventions designed to lower the levels of SUA, primarily in asymptomatic individuals, and to support the use of this biomarker in clinical testing to monitor patients because of its low cost.

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