The key ingredient in cherries that helps gout is flavonoids. Flavonoids helps to reduce the uric acid levels in the bloodstream.
- Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the painful inflammation related to gout attacks
- May help counteract the process that leads to changes in bones in gout-affected joints
- Reduce oxidative stress (excess free radicals in the body), which is associated with gout
Scientific study on cherries
One of the most comprehensive studies on gout and cherry juice was conducted in 2012. The study looked at 633 participants with gout. The researchers found that consuming at least 10 cherries per day reduced the risk of gout attacks by 35 percent. A combination of cherries and allopurinol, a medication often taken to reduce uric acid, reduced the risk of gout attacks by 75 percent.
In the study of 633 participants, Boston University Medical Center researchers found that eating at least 10 cherries a day protected people with existing gout from recurrent attacks. The findings were published in 2012, in a supplement to the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
“Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period,” says study co-author Hyon K. Choi, MD. “We extrapolate that cherries will continue to work long-term.”
He attributes the positive effects to anthocyanins – plant pigments that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins are found in red and purple fruits, including raspberries and blueberries, but cherries, especially tart cherries, contain higher levels.
You can have:
- Regular cherries
- Frozen cherries
- 100% organic natural cherry juice
- Cherry smoothie
- Cherry muffins / cake
How many cherries to consume
A Sweet Success Story
Cherries were first discovered to have a beneficial effect on gout in 1950.
A Texan, Dr. Ludwig W. Blau, was so seriously affected by gout that he was confined to a wheelchair.
The only appealing food he could find in the house was a bowl of cherries.
He ate them all and found, the next day, that his gout pain and swelling was considerably reduced.
He continued to eat around 6 cherries per day and was gout free until he stopped eating the cherries and the gout returned. Working with his family physician he studied twelve other gout sufferers and recorded that eating cherries helped all of them. His findings were reported in “Cherry diet control for gout and arthritis”.