Do Cherries Help Control Gout?

January 3, 2014 in STSMPT

Cherries have long been mentioned as a prevention method for gout but little research existed on this thought. That is until recently when a research team from Boston University Medical Center studied the link between cherry consumption and a lower risk of gout attacks.

The study included 633 gout patients enrolled in an internet based registry. The researchers followed up with the participants for one year and studied information regarding their gout attacks including dietary items. The results show that cherry intake lowers the risk of a gout attack by 35% in comparison to no cherry intake at all.

Over 8 million people in the United States suffer from gout which is a very painful inflammatory arthritis caused by the crystallization of uric acid in joints. This tiny, red fruit and its juice are believed to help with this condition by reducing the production of uric acid. They also contain anthocyanins, which are anti-inflammatory.

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Source: Zhang y, Neogi T, Chen C, et al. Cherry consumption and decreased risk of recurrent gout attacks. Arthritis & Rheumatism, Dec 2012; 64 (12): 4004-4011.

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