Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice May Helps Gout Sufferers
Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood and causes inflammation in the joints. A recent study suggests that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice may help manage gouty arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Participants in the study included 12 healthy participants with an average age of 26 who were given 30 ml of Montmorency tart juice mixed with 100 ml of water twice daily for two days. That was followed by a 10-day washout period, after which they were given 60 ml of the juice mixed with 100 ml of water twice daily for two days.
The researchers collected blood and urine samples just before the participants consumed the juice and at regular intervals for 48 hours following consumption. They found that blood levels of uric acid and C-reactive protein were lower after participants drank the tart cherry juice. They also found that they were lowered by the same amount, regardless of the dose.
They also found that urinary uric acid was increased following consumption of both doses of the tart cherry juice. This demonstrates that the body was getting rid of uric acid, rather than retaining it.
In people with gout, uric acid crystallizes in the toes and causes extreme pain. The researchers believe that lowering uric acid levels could help people who suffer from gout manage their condition.
Researchers from Northumbria University conducted the study. It was published in the November 2014 issue of Journal of Functional Foods.
Previous studies have found links between tart cherries and reducing inflammation, a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
The best way to consume tart cherries is in a juice but be sure the tart cherry juiceyou consume is tested for potency and hasn’t been watered down.