I was cruising through posts from a few days ago and read this:
Subject: Re: +Lower gout risk for coffee lovers
produced by the human body. Sorry I have no links to back up this statement=
This is, to put it bluntly, quite incorrect! You will not be able to find a
trustworthy primary source for the statement made on TV, because the
statement is biologically, physiologically flat wrong!
Urates (uric acid) certainly ARE produced (naturally) in the human body and
are even elevated above concentrations found in other primates. Plasma leve=
concentration in humans normally runs around 300 microMoles. There is a lot
of chatter in the scientific journals about why we have these higher levels
-- and it just may have something to do with creating conditions responsibl=
for our longer lifespan than any other primate.
These urates serve at least two important functions in our blood: 1) as
potent antioxidants scavenging and ridding the body of harmful products of
metabolism (the ³oxidants²), and 2) the chelation of iron that is free in
the blood. Uric acid in humans lowers risk of cancer and prevents certain
ailments associated with overly-elevated iron levels (gout is correlated
with elevated iron levels).
I am sorry, but these "What THEY don't want you to know guys" who are
SELLING you their "secrets" on how to use common, everyday products as cure=
are, for the most part, spewing pseudoscience and making big bucks on good
folks who really want answers to things that nobody knows (yet) or who want
quick fixes without the invasive aspects of certain drugs and procedures.
The coffee part, here?
Whatever happened to moderation in all things?
One of the resident biology guys