How Tart Cherries Help Fight Gout
Tart Cherries & Gout
Researchers have tested different amounts of several varieties of cherries in almost every form, such as juice and pills. Although most studies are small and the findings were preliminary, evidence of tart cherries helping to manage or reduce gout attacks is quickly growing.
Why Montmorency Tart Cherries?
Montmorency Tart cherries are one of the highest sources of phenolic compounds, specifically anthocyanins, which have been shown to fight inflammation – even as much as some pain medications. In fact, some researchers have concluded that Montmorency tart cherries have more inflammation-fighting potential than any other food.
A study fromUSDA’s Human Nutrition Research Centerat theUniversity of California, Davis, found that healthy women ages 20 to 40 who consumed 2 servings (280 grams) of cherries after an overnight fast showed a 15% reduction in uric acid levels, as well as decreased inflammatory markers nitric oxide and C-reactive protein.
Researchers used 2 different amounts of Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate, 30 and 60 mL mixed with water to investigate the bioavailability of anthocyanins and the impact on uric acid levels and inflammation.
The tart cherries were found to significantly reduce uric acid levels up to eight hours. The levels began to increase back to the starting levels after 24-48 hours. The 30 mL dose (equal to about 90 whole Montmorency tart cherries) was just as effective as the 60 mL dose.