Tart Cherries and Gout
Gout is a painful form of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up and forms crystals in your joints. Your body makes uric acid after it breaks down a substance called purine, which is found in many foods.
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.
1 – Study in the USA
A study from USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center at the University 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.
2 – Study in the UK
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.
In this single-blind, two-phased, randomized, cross-over designed study, 12 healthy participants without gout (male and female) were given the 2 different doses of the juice with a washout period of at least 10 days between the phases.
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.
How can I incorporate tart cherries into my diet?
We recommend replacing the juice you’re currently drinking with CHERRISH 100% Cherry Juice, with a blend of Montmorency tart cherries and Bing Cherries.
All forms of Montmorency tart cherries have anti-inflammatory benefits, but on a per serving basis, CHERRISH was found by researchers to have the greatest anti-inflammatory activity.
You can also try our fantastic range of delicious tart cherry recipes. Add a pop of color, a nutrient punch and a hint of sweet-tart flavor to overnight oats, grain bowls, salads, side dishes, trail mixes and much more.