Like a lot of disease, there can be more than 1 cause:
(1) "Uric acid is a product of the metabolic breakdown of purine nucleotides" (Uric acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). This confuses people because they don't know what purines are or where they come from. Purines are _nucleic acids_, the stuff DNA is made of. Purines are _not_ carbs, fats or proteins, though they can be synthesized from protein. Consumption of things that are high in nucleic acids can elevate uric acid. Beer, brewed with yeast (bacteria, which are mostly DNA), comes to mind.
(2)Low temperatures (winter) can lower the temperature of uric acid in the body in places notorious for poor peripheral circulation (toes) to the point where it solidifies (gout is crystallized uric acid).
(3) Chronic excess consumption of fructose. The 'new' finding mentioned above is that excess fructose consumption triggers the body to metabolize purine, which leads to excess elevated uric acid once again. In short, too much fructose can trigger an 'excess' of internal purine metabolsim just as if too much was consumed.
Last edited by PaleoLogicCheck; 01-24-2013 at 05:46 PM.
(1) I am 100% on-board with the primal exercise blue print. It reduces the problem of exercise down to its simplest form and provides a solution that can be used for a lifetime.
(2) I'm not on-board with the primal diet blue print. In fact, I'm not on-board with any diet plan but a man can hope to find the right answer before it's too late.