Uric Acid Crystals

These appear as crystals that look like broken glass, yellow-green (brightfield) and highly reflective (darkfield).

These occur as a result of poor digestion of dietary protein and/or poor elimination of uric acid. The system is acidic and some degree of inflammation may be present.

Improving protein digestion is very important. Digestive enzymes are usually used in addition to limiting meat & chicken to 1g/kg of body weight. Alkaline-forming supplements (base powders, green extracts) and an 80{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} alkaline-forming and 20{0ad5881c2192913025db5bf2180b2e0b17ede26560c7c351a451156c0b06bc98} acid-forming diet is recommended, along with other nutritional interventions.

Appearance:

Uric acid crystals appear as light yellow to green crystals in brightfield and bright, highly reflective crystals in darkfield that look like broken glass.

Relevance:

Uric acid crystals are one of the most commonly observed crystals in live blood samples. More than 2 or 3 small crystals in more than 5 fields (under 400x magnification) should be considered significant, or 2 or 3 large crystals (as pictured above) in one sample.

Implications:

Uric acid crystals can be seen in live blood samples of patients who also display protein linkage and/or kidney stress. Considered by some to be dried protein accumulations rather than uric acid itself, these crystals suggest a problem with protein digestion, over-acidity and/or elimination by the kidneys. Always ask about water intake.

Associated Symptoms:

♦ Joint pain and stiffness. This may range from mild tenderness and stiffness (typically worse after rest and on waking) to severe acute pain.

♦ Slow recovery after exercise, prolonged stiffness.

Interventions:

♦ Digestive Enzymes

♦ Limit protein

♦ Base powder and alkaline-forming diet.

♦ Herbal Kidney / Uric acid support, including celery seed, devil’s claw, etc.

♦ Raw vegetable juices, especially celery juice.

♦ Increase water intake. To determine necessary daily water intake (in litres): Weight (kg) ÷ 8) x 0.25.

♦ Reduce intake of purine-rich foods (e.g.: liver, kidney, heart, game meats, meat extracts, anchovies, scallops, mussels, mackerel and gravy).

♦ Reduce intake of dietary animal protein to 1g per kg body weight per day (e.g.: a 70kg adult should not exceed 70g animal protein daily).

♦ Do not consume animal protein and simple starch in the same meal.

♦ Eat meals while sitting down, do not rush while eating – remember to chew properly.

♦ Follow the diet relevant to the blood type.

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