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Best Home Remedies For Uric Acid By Dr. Siddharth Gupta

By Dr Siddharth Gupta +2 more


What exactly does a high uric acid level mean, and should it be our concern?  Uric acid is a waste product present in the blood. Uric acid is produced when compounds called purines are metabolised. Under normal conditions, uric acid passes through the kidneys and urine. However, when we eat food high in purine content, uric acid levels increase in the body leading to the formation of uric acid crystals. The deposition of uric acid crystals in the body is called gout. Let’s read about this in detail.1 

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What Causes Increased Uric Acid? 

When we eat food with high purine content, there are chances of increased uric acid levels. Some of the foods that can lead to an increase in uric acid are: 

  • Red meat  
  • Organ meats like liver  
  • Seafood    
  • Food and drinks with a high fructose content  
  • Corn syrup  
  • Alcohol (especially beer)  
  • Non-alcoholic beer1  

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If the patient is not having any acute inflammatory symptoms like swelling and pain or some problems related to urine, he can use some home remedies for some marginal increase in uric acid levels, but in case of repeated attacks of inflammation and pain and a substantial rise of uric acid levels, pharmacotherapy under a physician is of utmost importance

Dr. Nikhil Yadav, MBBS MD,CCEBDM

Symptoms of High Uric Acid: 

The increase in uric acid does not present with specific symptoms unless it has proceeded to the occurrence of diseases such as gout and uric acid nephrolithiasis (kidney stones). The symptoms of these diseases may manifest as the following: 

  • Gout: It mainly affects the joints. You may notice the following in your joints 
  • Warmth  
  • Redness 
  • Swelling 
  • Mainly affects the big toes 
  • Affects one joint at a time 
  • Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): 
  • Flank pain 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Blood in the urine (haematuria) 
  • Colic pain (pain that starts and stops abruptly) 

The increased uric acid in the blood does not indicate the need for treatment. Most people with high uric acid levels do not have any symptoms and do not require long term treatment.2  

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Home Remedies for High Uric Acid: 

Although high uric acid does not indicate the need for treatment, it might require minor changes in lifestyle and food habits. It is also believed that lifestyle is a key contributing factor for the development of increased uric acid and gout.3 Some of the possible home remedies/modifications are listed below. 

1. Weight management  

Research shows that uric acid levels correlate with an individual’s body mass index (BMI) of an individual and metabolic syndromes (heart diseases, diabetes, etc.). Weight management through dietary modifications and exercise might help reduce the uric acid levels in the blood. Furthermore, a gradual weight loss might be more helpful for uric acid levels than drastic changes.3  

2. Drinking water    

Activities like sunbathing and exercise-induced profuse sweating, which lead to dehydration, might cause an increase in uric acid levels. Thus, dehydration might be a factor leading to a high uric acid level and a gout attack. Therefore, your doctor might suggest that you drink plenty of water. The recommended daily intake of water is six to eight glasses, which might change according to the weather conditions and daily activities.3 

3. Avoiding purine-rich food  

Food containing purine may or may not lead to an increase in uric acid. A study conducted from 1988-1994 showed that high consumption of seafood and meat causes a rise in uric acid in the blood. Another study on 45,000 men over 12 years showed a moderate intake of vegetables rich in purine like peas, lentils, asparagus, etc., did not increase uric acid. Therefore, your doctor will recommend you a proper diet to decrease high uric acid levels.3 

4. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages  

Sweetened beverages or soft drinks contain fructose. Fructose is one of the most commonly used sugars. Increased intake of sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, etc., has led to the occurrence of new-age diseases, like diabetes, obesity etc., including high uric acid (hyperuricemia) and gout.  Therefore, avoiding such beverages might help check on uric acid levels in the body.3 

5. Dairy products    

Choi et al. conducted an epidemiological study to find that dairy products might have the potential to help decrease uric acid levels. It might also decrease the risk of gout. The mechanism of action is still not clear. However, the activity of milk in lowering the serum uric acid level was noted in comparison to soy. In another study by Kurajoh et al., they hypothesised that milk might also facilitate the excretion of uric acid by increasing its urinary clearance.3 

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6. Cherries  

Based on anecdotal evidence, cherries have been used for decades for gout treatment. In 1950, Blau noticed that his gout pain subsided after eating some cherries. Thus began the investigation of cherries and their potential for gout. Several studies found that the potential antioxidant (free radical neutralising) and anti-inflammatory property of cherry and cherry juice might be helpful in gout. A significant reduction in gout attacks (by 35%) was seen in a study containing 633 patients. Therefore, cherries might be helpful for gout and uric acid.3 

7. Vitamin C  

A decrease in the uric acid level, probably caused due to its increased excretion, was seen as a result of vitamin C supplementation in a study. Another huge study containing 46,994 men over 20 years, showed a positive correlation between serum uric acid level and vitamin C intake. It was seen that the subjects taking vitamin C had a lower risk of developing gout. This finding might be due to its potential antioxidative property. Therefore, vitamin C might be help lower uric acid levels in the blood.3 

8. Avoiding stress  

A recent development showed that there might be a relationship between stress and uric acid. Daily emotional stress might lead to an increased uric acid level in the body. Therefore, it might be suggested to manage stress using various time management methods and seek help when required.3 

In the pursuit of addressing elevated uric acid levels, patients often resort to cutting off protein intake entirely, inadvertently inviting additional complications such as muscle weakness and hair loss. However, this approach fails to offer a viable solution. True resolution lies in seeking professional guidance, adhering to prescribed treatment and embracing lifestyle modifications.

Dr. Arpit Verma, MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Though studies show the benefits of the given herb and home remedies in the condition, these are insufficient. There is a need for large-scale human studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of these home remedies on human health. Thus, these should only be taken cautiously and never as a substitute for medical treatment.    

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When to Seek Medical Help:  

In the absence of symptoms, high uric acid is not a condition or a disease that is actively looked for by doctors. However, high uric acid may lead to gout or kidney stones. Suppose you have gout symptoms or kidney stones; your doctor might ask for a blood examination. The blood examination may or may not reveal high uric acid.4  

If you are concerned that the current medication that you’re taking might lead to high uric acid, you should talk to your doctor. However, ensure that you do not discontinue, replace or make any amendments to any ongoing treatment. Kindly consult a doctor.4 

You must not rely on home remedies alone for the treatment of condition and should consult a qualified doctor for any advice for condition if the symptoms do not improve with home remedies.   


A high uric acid level is not a disease or a condition that requires active monitoring or long-term treatment. Most people might not even have any symptoms. However, high uric acid might lead to gout and kidney stones. These might have symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, etc. (in gout) and pain in the flank, vomiting, etc. (kidney stones). However, there are lifestyle modifications or dietary changes like avoiding purine-rich foods, increasing water intake, including dairy products and cherries in your diet, etc. that might help reduce excess uric acid.    

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs): 

Can cherries be used for uric acid treatment at home?  

Cherries have been used for ages for gout. It may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which might help with gout. However, its potential use for uric acid reduction is not known. Kindly consult a doctor.3 

What are the home remedies for uric acid?  

Some of the home remedies that might help reduce uric acid include eating cherries, dairy products, vitamin C-rich food, drinking water, etc. 3 

Is Vitamin C intake a good home remedy for uric acid control?  

Vitamin C might help reduce the uric acid levels in the body. This might be due to its potential antioxidant activity. However, more research is required to prove its possible use.3 

Can I take bitter gourd as a home remedy for high uric acid?  

No. There are no reports of bitter gourd as a home remedy for high uric acid.  


1. High uric acid level [Internet]. Cleaveland Clinic. [cited 2022 Jul 14]. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/17808-high-uric-acid-level 

2. George C, Minter DA. Hyperuricemia. [Updated 2021 Jul 20]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459218/  

3. Kakutani-Hatayama M, Kadoya M, Okazaki H, Kurajoh M, Shoji T, Koyama H, et al. Nonpharmacological Management of Gout and Hyperuricemia: Hints for Better Lifestyle. Am J Lifestyle Med [Internet]. 2017;11(4):321–9. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125106/ 

4. High uric acid level [Internet]. Mayo clinic. [cited 2022 Jul 14]. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/high-uric-acid-level/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050607 

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