Lemon Juice for Uric Acid: Lemon Benefits for Lowering Uric Acid Level

Question:

If I take lemon juice with honey, every morning, can I control high levels of uric acid?

Answer:

Is lemon juice beneficial for lowering uric acid levels?

Dietary guidelines for the management of elevated levels of uric acid:

  • Eat a diet that is low in purines. Foods that provide large amounts of purines are – fish, such as: herring, mackerel, and anchovies, organ meats, yeast, legumes, poultry, spinach and asparagus. Stay away from them. Eggs, whole grains, olives and nuts can be had in moderate quantities.
  • If you are over weight, try to achieve an ideal body weight.
  • Reduce the protein intake and reduce the fat intake, since these foods are invariably high in purines.
  • Drink plenty of water and fluids through the day, as water helps dilute the urine and excrete uric acid quickly. A minimum of 2 liters of water per day is recommended.
  • Banish – refined white flour, white sugar, processed foods, and simple sugars from the diet, totally. These foods decrease uric acid excretion from the body, and could trigger an attack of gout.
  • Consume whole grains and cereals – rice, wheat, oats, millets, etc. they provide complex carbohydrates, and are good for you.
  • Yes, you can continue to have lime and honey. But, making these other dietary changes is a must to keep the levels of uric acid in check.

24 Comments

  1. FA said:

    For male, the normal range for uric acid is 3.4 to 7.0. My blood test reveals uric acid as 6.1. I have severe pain in my left toe. What do you suggest for me?

    June 1, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      If you are a meat eater, stop eating it. In fact eat in limitation all non vegetarian food as they are high in purines. Also reduce your intake of lentils and pulses. You should not drink alcohol in any case as it will aggravate your trouble. Drink enough water as all impurities will be flushed out. Check your weight and keep it under control.

      June 1, 2012
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  2. Alex said:

    I have a pain in my chest on left side every time I eat nuts or shrimps. My B.P. is normal but I still have pain and my ECG is normal. I have no fracture in my chest. Is my pain due to uric acid?

    June 4, 2012
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  3. HN said:

    My uric acid level is 8.6, and I am feeling severe pain in the right toe, especially in the morning. Please do suggest me some home remedy and also let me know which foods should I avoid.

    June 20, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      If the pain in your toe is intolerable due to high uric acid, you can apply ice fomentation for 10 minutes two to three times in a day. Also it has been observed that acute pain of gout reduces after eating strawberries and cherries. You should not eat food that has high protein content. This includes red meat, liver, beans and nuts. Also stop consuming beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks.

      July 4, 2012
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  4. SH said:

    I am high uric acid patient from one year and my uric acid level is 9.3 currently. I am feeling severe pain in the right toe all the time. Please suggest me some home remedy and also let me know which foods should I eat and which foods to avoid.

    June 28, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      • Foods to eat in gout: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, berries, bananas, celery, vegetables such as kale, cabbage, red bell pepper, tuna, salmon, flaxseeds, dairy products,
      • Foods to avoid in high uric acid (gout): herring, sardines, anchovies, red meat, liver, beer, wine, chocolate, vinegar, carbonated fizzy drinks, too much of pulses and beans, etc.
      • For relieving pain in your toe due to gout, apply ice wrapped in a clean cloth to the area. Apply cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes for three to four times in a day. Eat fresh strawberries and cherries. Soak your toe in a bucket containing warm water mixed with two to three teaspoon of Epsom salt.

      July 1, 2012
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  5. RM said:

    My knee is swollen and painful since ten days. What is the remedy?

    July 23, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      There are several causes for knee joint pain and swelling. I would like to know few details which will be useful. You have not mentioned your age. Since many diseases such as osteoarthritis are age related. If there was a trauma associated before the swelling and pain. Is the swelling tender to touch? Is there any associated redness and warmth in the knee joint. You should take an X-ray of knee joint. Meanwhile, cold compression may be beneficial. But if you do not feel better with it, you should talk to your doctor. He may prescribe any anti-inflammatory medicine.

      July 24, 2012
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  6. BL said:

    I am 44 years old and I am suffering from Uric Acid problem since last 6 years. My Uric acid level is 9.5 and it is very painful especially in my left knee. It has been swollen and I can’t walk also. Can you tell me the treatment that I can follow at home and also the food that I should eat and avoid?

    July 29, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Increased uric acid in blood gives rise to a condition called gout. Pain and swelling in joints are its chief complaints. You should avoid eating high protein diet. Avoid red meat, fish, eggs, beans and legumes, etc. To reduce pain, apply cold compression. Eating cherries is considered an ideal home treatment for gout. It contains flavanoids which help to act upon the uric acid in the blood and prevent it from deposition in joints. Also a homeopathic remedy such as Ledum is found to be effective.

      July 30, 2012
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  7. DPH said:

    I also had uric acid build up in my toes and made it painful to walk. I read about using large amounts of raw, undiluted lemon juice. The lemons become alkaline in the body. When uric acid starts to build up, I take about 9 lemons a day. Usually, in a few days, I am much improved.
    The author suggests that you should routinely drink fresh lemon juice to prevent future outbreaks. You do have to drink the lemon juice with a straw to protect your teeth. Don’t brush your teeth right away instead rinse your mouth out well with water.

    August 8, 2012
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  8. AR said:

    I am 37 years old. I am a diabetic patient. I have asthma also. My job is stressful. Now my new problem is uric acid. I have sleep disorder too.
    I am really confused as to what foods I should eat and what I should avoid.
    My body build is slim. My weight is 60 kg. My height is 5 ft 6 inches.
    Can you suggest some remedies?

    December 12, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      It is necessary to bring change in your lifestyle. Since you are having a stressful job, learn to relax in between your busy schedule. Several ways can be helpful. A morning walk for 20 to 30 minutes will help in reducing several problems, lower sugar level, increase breathing capacity and strengthen your lungs. Also if you are taking alcohol or smoking cigarette, avoid them. Now coming to the diet; avoid eating sweets; eat more of green leafy vegetables. Avoid red meat, too much of pulses and other protein food as you are also having raised uric acid level. Regular Yoga and meditation is also beneficial.

      December 13, 2012
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  9. PB said:

    I am 34 yrs old. My uric acid level is 7.4. Are there any home remedies?

    December 17, 2012
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  10. geralad may topasi said:

    I haven`t gone to the doctor yet but I think the pain I am having is due of high uric acid in my body. My right hip is so painful going down to my foot. I am just 30 years old, what will I do.

    January 20, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Your symptoms are suggestive of pinched nerve in the lumbar spine. You are having radiating pain in your leg from the hip. If the problem is since many days, you should consult an orthopedic doctor. An X-ray of lumbar spine may help to detect if there is lumbar spondylosis. Meanwhile avoid lifting heavy objects. Avoid jerks while travelling. You may require a short course of physical therapy.

      January 21, 2013
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  11. BG said:

    I have been having pains in my waist down to my hips every morning when I wake up. It pains more at the hips. I love to eat beans a lot. The uric acid test I took revealed the level at 11.5. I’m right now on 100 mg of Allopurinol prescribed by my doctor. I have only taken 2 tabs so far. What do you advice in addition to this?

    March 9, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Your blood test reports and symptoms suggest that you are suffering from gout. Besides taking medicines, you should also eat diet suggested for gout patients. It is mainly low in protein content. Avoid red meat, eggs, fish, beans and lentils etc.

      March 11, 2013
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  12. AKG said:

    Since last few months there is swelling in my legs and also I have pain in my left leg and left elbow. Lower portion of my legs are swollen and I am unable to put my left foot on the ground when I get up from sleep. It is very painful. Please suggest me some effective remedies.

    May 16, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Swelling in both the legs and ankle joint may be due to many reasons. It can be due to thyroid problem, kidney disease, varicose veins, malnutrition, and many more causes. Pain in your foot in the morning may be due to calcaneal spur. Any way you have to consult your doctor as he may be able to examine the legs and diagnose the cause. Once the cause is determined, treatment may be easier. You can follow certain tips to reduce swelling. While sleeping keep your legs elevated under a pillow. Avoid standing in one place for long duration. Eat less salt.

      May 17, 2013
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  13. Jim said:

    I am having uric acid of 627 umol/L. I am also on medication for hypertension. I tired drinking lime juice on empty stomach but it turned out to be having some bloat/acid reflux in the stomach. I tired to drink more than 2-3 liters of water daily but it resulted in frequent urination. Please suggest some effective remedies.

    February 15, 2017
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  14. BL said:

    My age is 34 years. Since one month I am getting pain in my knees especially while sitting or while standing up. What should I do?

    August 15, 2017
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    • PUP said:

      Knee pain can stem from variety of reasons and hence you must consult an orthopedic surgeon. Only after clinical examination and radiological test it may be possible to diagnose the cause for your pain. After examination your doctor may recommend with physical therapy exercise, medications, and orthotics. All these can reduce your pain. If you are obese try to reduce your weight.

      August 24, 2018
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