Uric acid is a natural occurring compound in the blood which forms ions and salts called urates and acid urates.
These urates are passed through urine and for most people uric acid levels are kept in balance by the body naturally.
Uric acid is produced when your body breaks down purines. Purines are found in high concentrations in certain foods such as (but not limited to) organ meats, sardines, scallops, game meats, sugar and beer.
Uric Acid Measurement
There are two common scales used to measure uric acid concentration.
In New Zealand, Australia and most of Europe the most common scale is mmol/L (millimoles per liter).
Occasionally, the standard scale is modified to µmol/L (micromoles per liter), which is one thousand times smaller.
In the US the most common scale is mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter).
What Lifestyle Factors Support Healthy Uric Acid Levels?
Your diet can play a big role in supporting healthy uric acid levels.
Eating healthy foods which are low in sugar, eating lots of vegetables and avoiding foods high in purines will help support healthy uric acid balance.
A healthy weight make it a lot easier to support healthy uric acid levels.