Effect of lemon water soluble extract on hyperuricemia in a mouse model
Lemon is a healthy fruit with high medicinal value. This study found that lemon water soluble extract (LET) can reduce uric acid levels in mice with potassium oxonate induced hyperuricemia. Histopathological analysis suggested that LET caused little damage to the kidneys of mice. It affected mABCG2 and mGLUT9 mRNA expression only in hyperuricemic mice, but not in healthy mice. Our further results show that potassium citrate, rather than citric acid, is the main ingredient in LET with a hypouricemic effect. This study also indicates that lemon does have unique medicinal value for the treatment of hyperuricemia, and that potassium citrate has the potential to be developed as a drug for hyperuricemia. Lowering uric acid through LET and potassium citrate may directly promote the degradation of excessive uric acid in patients with hyperuricemia.