Perhaps tart cherry juice will assuage your symptoms. And even if you’re not a fan of its tangy taste, research demonstrates that liquid cherry extract and of course, actual cherries provide similar pain relief. For instance, the benefits to a person with gout consuming a minimum of 10 cherries every 24 hours was confirmed by a Boston University Medical Center study. Joint author of the study, Dr. Hyon K. Choi, stated “Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period. We extrapolate that cherries will continue to work long-term.” Indeed, in 2010 this notion was supported at the European League Against Rheumatism’s yearly gathering, as well as in a 2014 publication in the Journal of Functional Foods. The nutrient powerhouse in cherries that is responsible for alleviating suffering associated with gout is known as an anthocyanin, which is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich pigment. In particular, the consumption of cherry juice in one study was demonstrated to decrease the uric acid that triggers gout pain in the blood stream. Dr. Hyon K. Choi concludes that the correlation between cherry consumption and gout pain relief “is definitely a topic worth further investigation. If cherries prove effective in large trials, they could provide a safe, non pharmacological option for preventing recurrent gout attacks” (Rath).
Have you ever tried tart cherry juice as a mechanism to combat symptoms of gout or other types of arthritis… and if so, were you pleased with the results? Also, are there other whole food remedies that you rely on in order to alleviate chronic pain?
Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
Rath, Linda. “How Cherries Help Fight Arthritis.” Arthritis. n.d. Arthritis Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2016. <http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/cherries.php>