Uricinex: Does It Work?
March 16, 2007 in Gout Remedies Forum For Gout Treatment
I’ve been asked about Uricinex today.
Though, I’ve heard of it, I know very little about it.
My first question is “Uricinex: Does It Work?”
After a quick look at a site promoting this product I decided to search on Google Scholar. Result – nothing! This concerns me. Scholar indexes scientific research and other factual information. I use it all the time when looking for information on gout that I can rely on. It’s results cannot be 100% relied on – just because something is a result of scientific research, doesn’t make it true. However, it is a good source of traceable information, that can usually be independently investigated and verified.
Now, if you search Google Scholar for brand names, you might expect to find no results. Most scientific research looks at generic products or specific medications. The reason why I was hoping to see something is that the site promoting Uricinex claims impressive results from independent clinical trials. I want to see those trials in full – not a marketing department interpretation.
For now, I’ll have to comment on what I see in the sales pitch.
The starting point for the study claims average initial serum uric acid at 5.8 mg. No indication of ranges is given. Gout sufferers normally have uric acid levels over 7 mg, so are these really gout patients? Were they taking any other gout treatments?
The pitch continues with a table showing almost 1mg fall in uric acid after one month. It also shows interim figures after 15 days of 0.5 mg. Again, this is an average figure, with no indication of the range of results. Now a 1 mg change over one month is not particularly significant. It is easily achieved through diet changes, or increased fluid intake. A simple soup used in a study that I’ve adopted as part of my Gout Diet Plan reduced uric acid from 7mg to 6mg in 14 days (I’ll be writing more about this uric acid reducing soup soon).
Most damaging is the final graph which dramatically suggests that uric acid will fall below 2 mg after 7 months. This is nonsense. First it’s a projection that has no factual basis. Second, this is too low for uric acid. The benefits of uric acid are outside the scope of this article, but the aim of any treatment should be to reduce it to between 6 (better 5.5) and 3 mg, not to eliminate it.
It is unsurprising that the 2nd most popular search for Uricinex information is “uricinex truth”
I’ll continue to investigate the answer to “Uricinex: Does It Work?”. It may well be that the active ingredients have some beneficial qualities. I’ll research yucca leaf, artichoke leaf, milk thistle leaf and turmeric.
On the other hand, if you want to do your own research, you will have to buy Uricinex. The most competitive prices I have found are at Amazon, but please let me know if you find cheaper. Also, when you buy Uricinex in UK, or Uricinex in America, a small commission helps keep GoutPal’s support services free.
[2008 update - old forum post missing. If you want to discuss Uricinex or any other aspect of gout, please start a discussion in the gout forum.]
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