Thursday, July 20, 2017

Metabolic Health: Urate Balance


Metabolic Health Urate Balance

General Information:

DNA and RNA are broken down in normal biological processes into two types of molecules:

  • Pyrimidine (cytosine, thymidine, uracil)
  • Purine (guanine and adenine)

In order to excrete these molecules the body must break them down even further. Pyrimidine molecules are fully metabolized and removed from the body, while Purine is only partially metabolized and converted to Uric Acid. Uric Acid is a final product and cannot be broken down anymore. This is because of the lack of necessary enzymes (Uricase) in humans.

Purine -> Xanthine -> Uric Acid

The internal source of uric acid is primarily the liver. It is excreted from the kidneys after circulation in the blood. Approximately seventy percent of uric acid forms in the body and the rest comes from the diet.

Healthy Uric Acid balance relies on certain factors such as:

  • Rate of production
  • Healthy liver function (where the urate is formed)
  • Healthy kidney function (where the UA is excreted)
  • Type of diet
  • Hydration

Health and Wellness Strategies:

An effective strategy to support your blood health may have many facets. They may include:

  • Appropriate dietary program
  • Appropriate lifestyle changes
  • Important stress management suggestions
  • Appropriate hydration (drinking water)
  • Supporting healthy kidney function using appropriate nutrients
  • Supporting healthy liver function using appropriate nutrients
  • Increasing Total Body Antioxidant Capacity using appropriate nutrients
  • Appropriate detoxification program
  • Others

Your blood test can help your healthcare provider plan an appropriate strategy, reveal the need for certain nutrients and cofactors necessary for healthy thyroid function, and individualize an appropriate regimen of dietary and lifestyle recommendations with supportive dietary supplements. Specific formulas, guided by the latest scientific research, have been designed to support Urate balance as it relates to nutritional needs. Your health practitioner will advise you on the most appropriate formulas for your nutritional strategies.

It is important to note that the basic goal of dietary recommendations, supplementation, and lifestyle changes is to support nutritional balance, and should not replace or interfere with your medical treatment prescribed by your physician. Realize that a nutritional strategy is only one component of your overall health care plan.

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