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What is purine metabolism? is that important to know about?

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"makes my toe hurt": Purines are naturally occurring compounds found in all cells and in high concentration in certain foods including organ meats, shellfish and even some leafy vegetables.The metabolism of purines results in the formation of uric acid. In some persons excessive uric acid can deposit in kidneys and produce kidney stones or in joints and produce inflammation and pain resulting in gout.

Answered 7/16/2014

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