The Uric Acid Diet

Arthritis, gout, and kidney disorders are some ailments that can develop when there is a high level of uric acid in the body. Although uric acid is naturally produced by the body to help breakdown purines and is flushed out of the body through urine, high levels of uric acid in the body may not be properly flushed out and may accumulate in the body. Regular intake of foods rich in purines can cause uric acid levels to rise and may worsen conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

With certain changes in the diet, high levels of uric acid can be reduced and maintained within normal range. Reducing, or even completely avoiding, foods rich in purines can greatly reduce the uric acid level. There are also certain types of food that can help reduce uric acid.


  • Potassium-rich foods: potatoes, avocados, dried peaches, oranges, apples, bananas, skimmed milk and yogurt, yams
  • Foods rich in complex proteins: tofu, berries, bananas, tea, celery, parsley, cabbage and tomatoes
  • Foods low in purines and proteins: eggs, butter, cheese, corn, gelatin, peanut butter, tart cherries, vinegar
  • Carbohydrates: rice, pasta, whole wheat bread and cereal
  • Rich in bromelain and vitamin C: pineapples, red cabbage, red bell peppers
  • Fatty acids: salmon, olive oil, flax, nuts
  • Plenty of water


  • Moderately high in purines: mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, dried bean, peas, asparagus, turkey, goose, chicken, oatmeal


  • Foods high in purines and proteins: yeast, pork, lamb, shrimps, anchovies, hearts, mussels, sardines, organ meats
  • Alcohol and carbonated drinks
  • Red meats
  • Shell fish

In summary, uric acid levels could be kept within normal limits by having a diet that is low in proteins and purines, high in potassium and complex carbohydrates, and properly hydrated with water. Along with proper exercise to maintain moderate body weight, this diet should be able to lower uric acid levels significantly.