Uric acid is basically an antioxidant and performs certain vital functions in our body, such as preventing damage to blood vessel lining. Kidneys help in mainting a balance of uric acid in the blood but if kidneys are not functioning properly, excessive uric acid crystals, known as monosodium urate crystals, get deposited in our tendons and joints. Gout and arthritis are the result.
According to research by Japanese scientists, later backed by Canadians, it is believed that drinking five to six cups of coffee daily decreases serum uric acid in the blood. Unfortunately, tea does not have the same effect.