Uric Acid..The New Cholesterol?
Uric acid may sound familiar because of its association with gout, a painful inflammatory condition of the big toe in which an abundance of uric acid crystals are deposited around the joint. However, uric acid has much more serious implications than a red hot toe. Excess production lowers nitric oxide levels, raises angiotensin, and leads to smooth muscle contraction. Smooth muscle is what our blood vessels are made of, therefore contraction of these vessels raises our blood pressure and can also lead to kidney damage.
Fructose elevates uric acid levels in our body. Fruit is one of the more common foods through which we intake fructose. Although fruit has a number of healthy vitamins and anti-oxidants, it should be limited to the berry variety and only 2 servings per day. Juice and soda should be avoided at all costs and be sure to read the labels, as high fructose corn syrup is added to nearly all processed foods including these every day liquids.