Cherries and Gout
Cherries and gout have been inextricably linked for many years and cherry juice is a very popular home remedy used to help prevent the recurrence of the symptoms of gout. Like many home remedies, it will not work for everyone, but lots of people have reported favourable results and for those who suffer from gout, it is well worth trying.
Gout is a painful and debilitating condition caused by excessive uric acid crystals accumulating in the blood. These are then deposited in the joints and tissues, commonly in the toes, which causes painful inflammation and affects the range of movement of the joints.
The first time cherries and gout were linked was in a scientific study that took place in 1950. Twelve sufferers of gout were given one pound of cherries to eat per day and all of the subjects showed improvement. They reported a significant reduction in the number of gout attacks and uric acid levels were shown to have dropped to a normal level.
Since that first important study linking cherries and gout, many other scientific studies have taken place and all of them have reported the same significant findingsâ¬"that gout and cherries enjoy a very beneficial relationship.
Scientists believe that the key beneficial ingredient in cherries is a compound called anthocyanin, which gives cherries their distinctive red colour. Anthocyanin is an important anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to reduce the incidence of colon cancer. Flavonoids also act as an anti-inflammatory to reduce and prevent the inflammation that is marked in sufferers of repeated gout attacks.
While anthocyanins are very good at reducing the levels of uric acid on the body, and therefore relieving the painful symptoms of gout, some studies have also indicated that regular consumption of anthocyanins as part of healthy diet can help to reduce the incidence of heart disease and strokes. There is also evidence that suggests cherries can have some benefit in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Suffered of gout can either drink cherry juice, consume the cherry fruit (fresh or dried), or use a combination of both. Eating as few as six cherries per day has been shown to offer significant improvement in the symptoms of gout. Red sour, black, or sweet yellow cherries all offer the same benefits. Upon the introduction of cherries into the diet, some people notice immediate relief from the symptoms of gout, whereas for others, it can take longer to see any improvement.
Although the link between gout and cherries has been known about for hundreds of years, it is only in recent times that people have begun to try home based gout remedies based on the consumption of cherries. Traditionally, gout has always been treated with anti-inflammatory medication and other medicines. However, many of these can have nasty side effects and in particular, anti-inflammatory medication can cause ulcers and stomach bleeding when taken long term.
Because of these problems, many people are prompted to try the cherries and gout natural remedy instead. Cherries might not work for everyone, but they are a tasty and freely available food source that is packed full of nutrients and healthy ingredients.
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