Uric Acid: What is Uric Acid Level?
Uric acid is a product of the metabolic breakdown of purine nucleotides from the foods you eat. Most of the uric acid is filtered out by the kidneys and passes out from the body through urine. A small amount passes out of the body in stool. But if too much uric acid is being produced or if the kidneys are not able to remove it from the blood naturally, the level of uric acid in the blood increases.
Uric acid is a heterocyclic compound. It forms ions and salts known as urates and acid urates such as ammonium acid urate.
Uric acid levels
High blood concentrations of uric acid can lead to gout. The chemical associated with other medical conditions includes diabetes and the formation of ammonium acid urate kidney stones.
In human blood plasma, the reference range of uric acid for males is between 3.6 mg/dL, and 2.3-6.6 mg/dL for woman. Uric acid concentrations in blood plasma above and below the normal range are known, respectively as Hyperuricemia and Hypouricemia.
Lower serum values of uric acid have been associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
* Data Courtesy: Dr Sharad Kasarle, Medical Nutrition, Medical Herbalism & Functional Food Expert.
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