Ask The Expert
September 06, 2010
Some people can lower their uric acid level through diet. However, even when it does lower the level, the effect is small. If you need to lower your uric acid level more than a small amount, a urate-lowering medication tends to be much more effective than diet alone. Medications that can effectively lower uric acid include allopurinol, febuxostat and probenecid.
Still, it may be possible to lower your uric acid at least a bit by limiting certain foods, such as:
New cases of gout are less common among people who have a diet high in dairy products and more common among those who drink alcohol (especially beer). So, it's possible that increasing your intake of dairy products and limiting beer consumption may lower your uric acid.
Other ways you may be able to lower your uric acid include:
Who needs to lower their uric acid? While anyone with a history of gout or kidney stones might benefit from reducing their blood level of uric acid, it's most important for those who have:
If you have one of these reasons to lower uric acid, it's reasonable to make adjustments to your diet, especially if you notice that certain foods cause trouble. For example, some people notice they develop gout attacks when they drink alcohol.
However, if you have recurrent gout or kidney stones caused by a high uric acid level, diet will rarely be sufficient. A urate-lowering medication is likely to be a better option than a strict diet. Talk to your doctor about all of your options to lower uric acid.