Cherry juice good for Gout
Good news for gout sufferers. A recent research study supports eating cherries, and drinking cherry juice to help reduce gout pain. I have been telling my patients for years that cherry juice is beneficial for gout pain.
Dr. Yuqing Zhang, DSci, and colleagues from Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts published their findings in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Dr. Zhang showed that eating cherries during a 2-day period was associated with a 35% lower risk for gout attacks. Drinking cherry extract was associated with a 45% lower risk.
Gout is a type of arthritis, affecting the joints of the body. This metabolic disorder creates a build up of needle-like crystals in the joints. Those crystals damage the joint surfaces. It has periodic flare-ups based on diet and exercise.
As the health-care system changes and we all need to take on more personal responsibility, here is one place where we can help manage our diseases and feel good about some science backing us up. If you suffer from gout, according to Dr. Zhang, cherries are on the menu.