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Gout Crystals – Facts You Need to Know

What Are Gout Crystals?

Gout crystals, also known as monosodium urate crystals, are comprised of crystallized uric acid, which is a chemical naturally found in the bloodstream. The body produces this substance when you take in purine-containing foods. In general, purines are necessary for building RNA and DNA. They are broken down by the body into uric acid. In healthy adults, excess uric acid is removed by the digestive system or kidneys. However, when there is too much in the bloodstream, it would accumulate over time and lead to tiny crystals between the joints. [1]