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    azbemo posted:
    Can someone please tell me more about "purines" that your body makes and foods that are high in purines.
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    Andie_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Azbemo,

    Welcome to the WebMD Communites!

    According to WebMD's article Gout & Your Diet , "Uric acid comes from purines, which are the natural breakdown products of the genetic material in cells, RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Some foods contain large amounts of purines, especially red meats and organ meats (such as liver and kidneys), as well as some shellfish, anchovies, and beer. Purines are broken down to uric acid in the body."

    I encourage you to also participate on our Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis communities. You will be able to find more specific help and online resources.

    Hope that helps!!

    azbemo replied to Andie_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you so much, will look into your suggestions on RA and Osteo...this is very helpful, much appreciated

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