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Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down drink and food containing organic compounds named purines. Wine & beer, mackarel, herring, sardines, liver, beef kidneys and dried beans are high in concentration of purines. A build-up of uric acid in the body can lead to gout, a form of arthritis.
Testing to measure how much uric acid is present in your blood. Most uric acid is filtered out of the bloodstream in the kidneys and excreted from the body in the form of urine. If there is too much uric acid in the body, or the kidneys are unable to filter it at the same pace of its formation, there will be an accumulation of uric acid in the body. This build-up can in turn lead to gout, a form of arthritis, which causes swelling of the joints, particularly in the big toes.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein produced by the liver and measures at heightened levels when there is inflammation in the body. Abnormal levels of CRP in the blood are a signal of inflammation-related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or different types of infection. It is furthermore suggested that chronic ongoing levels of inflammation in the body can lead to other health concerns such as heart disease.