Lemon Water Dissoves Uric Acid?
Question: You write that lemon water is effective at dissolving uric acid. Are you sure about this??
Nancy’s Answer: When writing the article The Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water, I paraphrased the research of Jethro Kloss, from his book Back to Eden.
Kloss writes: “The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile, and is very good in cases of malaria. Sufferers of chronic rheumatism and gout will benefit by taking lemon juice, also those who have a tendency to bleed, uterine hemorrhages . . .rickets and tuberculosis.”
To answer your question to me, "Are you sure lemon water dissolves uric acid?" I would have to say, not really.
What I do know is that there is considerable research and documentation to validate that drinking lemon water does help to at least alleviate or reduce the amount of uric acid in the joints. But I cannot say for sure that it "dissolves" it.
If you do a simple online search for “uric acid and lemon,” you will find numerous reputable sites and authors who verify this.
For example, Dr. Ronald Hoffman, one of America's foremost complementary medicine practitioners, is also the founder and Medical Director of the Hoffman Center in New York City. His staff wrote an excellent article (see reference below) about the causes of joint pain and inflammation, specifically in relation to the arthritic condition called gout.
What the Hoffman staff wrote in regards to lemon juice and uric acid is this: “Uric acid crystallizes and forms stones in an acidic environment. One way to prevent this is by alkalinizing the urine or making it more basic. Lemon juice stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate, which neutralizes acids like uric acid.”
To summarize briefly, I have seen numerous reputable health professionals use various terms in relation to the effect of lemon juice on uric acid. Kloss says lemon juice dissolves uric acid, Hoffman’s staff says it helps to neutralize it, and others say that lemon juices helps prevent the build up of uric acid in the joints.
So what is the correct terminology? I will leave it up to you to decide for yourself. For me, the bottom line is that I know from personal experience lemon water has helped alleviate joint pain for some people.
Thank you for keeping me on my research toes!!ReferencesBack to Eden;
Jethro Kloss; 1981.DrHoffman.com: GoutReturn from Lemon Water and Uric Acid to Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water