Uric acid

What Is Uric Acid?

Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines, which are a normal part of all human tissue. Normally purines dissolve and pass out of the body in urine.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)1

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What Is Uric Acid?

Uric acid is a substance that results from the breakdown of purines. A normal part of all human tissue, purines are found in many foods. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood and passed through the kidneys into the urine, where it is eliminated.

Source: NIAMS (NIH)2

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Uric Acid: An oxidation product, via Xanthine Oxidase, of oxypurines such as Xanthine and Hypoxanthine. It is the final oxidation product of purine catabolism in humans and primates, whereas in most other mammals Urate Oxidase further oxidizes it to Allantoin.3

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ winter12/ articles/ winter12pg16-17.html
  2. Source: NIAMS (NIH): niams.nih.gov/ Health_Info/ Gout/ default.asp
  3. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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