Cherries are delicious and – despite being quite high in sugar – can be very beneficial to gout sufferers.
Cherries contain high amounts of vitamin A and C and their red pigment is a rich source of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the form of anthocyanins.
Anthocyanins are antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables that are red or purplish in color.
While beets, purple cabbage, and blueberries (among others) contain anthocyanins, cherries have the most anthocyanins in relation to weight.
Antioxidants relieve inflammation, which is important for the treatment of gout.
Cherries are also relatively low in calories at only 63 calories per 100g.
Studies Showing the Benefits of Cherries
Many studies have been conducted which show the benefits gout sufferers can realise by eating cherries.
Journal of Nutrition published a study in 2003 which found a group of 10 healthy women who ate two servings of Bing cherries saw an immediate uric acid decrease of 15%.
Another study by Journal of Nutrition in 2006 found that 18 healthy males who ate 280 grams of Bing cherries every day for one month had up to 25% reduction in blood indicators associated with inflammation
A 2012 study published by Journal Arthritis & Rheumatism looked at 633 people diagnosed with gout and followed them for 1 year.
Those individuals who consumed cherries over a 2 day period had a 35% lower risk of a gout attack compared with no cherry consumption.
Individuals who consumed cherry extract saw a similar decrease in gout attack risk.
But aren’t Cherries full of sugar?
Yes, they are.
And we know excess sugar consumption should be avoided if you’re trying to lower your risk of a gout attack.
So how can you consume cherries without consuming the sugar content?
Tart Cherry Extract is the answer.
Tart Cherry Extract takes all the nutritional benefits from cherries and leaves out the bad stuff like sugar. This means you can enjoy the benefits of cherries without the downside of elevated sugar consumption.
The benefits of Tart Cherry Extract for gout sufferers is why it’s one of the main ingredients in Gout Control Advanced.
Cherries contain small amount of melatonin which can help improve sleep quality.
This may be helpful if you’ve had trouble sleeping due to the pain and discomfort gout can cause.