In the article, Mathilda refers to some recent research about uric acid as a potential cure for Alzheimer’s, or at least a way to hold the progression of the disease.
The research in this article follows on from a piece I did last year explaining how uric acid could reduce nerve damage. The researcher, Professor Firestein, pointed out to me that maintaining an adequate level of uric acid in the body is important.
There are a few more important points about uric acid, Alzheimer’s disease and related medical conditions and treatments.
The research reported by Mathilda also advises uric acid levels from 0.5 up to 6mg/dL. 0.5 sounds very low, and I would love to see the original research to confirm this value. The upper level for gout sufferers should be 5.5, but 6 is probably much better than most gout patients achieve.
Mathilda’s article gives a link to Neurology Reviews. I read some interesting stuff there, but could not find the original article. I did find the abstract for Inhibition of Iron-Catalyzed Oxidations by Attainable Uric Acid and Ascorbic Acid Levels: Therapeutic Implications for Alzheimer’s Disease and Late Cognitive Impairment on the Gerontology site, where you can also buy access to the full report. If you get a copy, can I have a look?
The author of the earlier report, Professor Firestein, has also produced a report summarizing Altered Uric Acid Levels and Disease States. The report does warn that many links between diseases and uric acid are not fully understood. Significantly, we do not know in most cases whether uric acid levels change as a cause or effect of an associated disease.
It is encouraging to see that some real life research is taking place into the specific links between uric acid and other diseases. I believe a fuller understanding of all the roles of uric acid in the human body can only serve gout research well in future.
If you have any insights on this, please feel free to comment.
I would really love to know if doing all the things that are bad for gout sufferers will really help banish Alzheimers.