WOW! Never heard of that BUT I drink Fresca everyday, my blood work tests always show my Uric Acid 1+ and Calcium Oxalate 2+. Now I HAVE to look into this one. The doctor didn't tell you why, or what is in it that can help? If not perhaps you can call them back on Tues, and ask, I would love to know the answer. I didn't think anyone even knew what Fresca was anymore!
For my non-uric acid kindey stones (calcium oxalate ones I make) I've been told by my well-known Urologist to drink as much lemonade as possible .... the acid has a good effect on the calcium oxalate stones not forming .. wonder what the Fresca has to do to help the uric acid ???? In my case also magnesium and citrate acid are biggies to avoid stone buildup.
I had heard soft drinks actually aggrivated gout. Just did a google search and all indicators are that it is sweet soft drinks that cause gout flares. So I googled Fresca and found it is sweetened by aspartame so maybe it works as a replacement for sweet beverages.
I see my doctor tomorrow, so I am going to ask him to explain it to me. When he told me last week, I was hurting so badly, I didn't really listen to everything he said. I heard "Fresca" and "pain relief". I'll come back and post what he says.
OK, please pardon my ignorance as I try to explain this. My doctor is half Persian and half Italian, and sometimes his accent is more than my Southern mind is used to. But, here's the long and short of it. He said Fresca has citric acid and potassium citrate in it. When you have a build-up of uric acid in the kidneys, urine tends to be quite acidic. Citrates make urine more alkaline, and in an alkaline environment, uric acid will dissolve, allowing you to rid yourself of it when you urinate. He said if you tend to have gout, or kidney stones (I'm pretty sure most of my family is "gritty"!), it's not a bad thing to have a Fresca a day to help keep the kidneys cleaned out. Just don't over-do it or you could end up with an upset stomach. Interestng.
If you cannot stand the taste of Fresca there is a pill called Urocit-K which is potassium and citric acid ... but I just cannot tolerate it ..... it gives me terrible terrible reflux. Maybe I'll try the Fresca as I do have the stones and I like soda. I've been told lemonade, too, works well ............ my uric acid levels are normal via blood and urine but they say it helps for other kidney stones, too.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.