The use of cherry juice for gout is on the increase. But what makes it such a popular choice for gout sufferers? And is it effective? This short article will explain all …
First though, let's consider drugs for gout …
There is no doubt that, for most people, drugs work well enough for gout. But they do have issues that make them unsuitable for many sufferers; negative side effects, cost, and the length of time some need to be taken.
And, let's be honest, many folks just do not like taking medicines in any case.
So, for many people, a more natural approach is increasingly being thought. Clearly, this approach has to be at least as effective as drugs, but, without the cost and negative side effects …
Now, there are many natural remedies to help get rid of your gout, but one that is increasing in popularity is cherries.
Cherries even have the backing of several studies; so their appropriate influence is not just based on word of mouth.
Why Use Cherry Juice for Gout?
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants called 'anthocyanins' which have similar properties to non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Anthocyanins also have analgesic properties, so that they have the ability to help alleviate pain as well.
To make things even more interesting, studies have linked the consumption of cherries to a reduction in uric acid levels in the blood, so important in gout prevention.
So cherries can reduce the inflammation and pain of an attack and, at the same time, help to lower your uric acid and thus reduce the risk of future attacks. This makes them an effective all round remedy for gout.
Their ability to lower high uric acid levels and prevent recurrence gout is of particular importance …
Frequently repeating gout can not only leave you with permanent joint damage, it can also cause very serious health problems such as kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, and even heart disease.
But here's the thing; studies have shown that tart cherry juice is equally as effective as fresh cherries …
How to Take Cherry Juice for Gout
You should get tart cherry juice or tart cherry juice concentrate from all good health stores and pharmacies. Note: Do not use the 'juice' from a can of cherries, it's not the same.
Mix 2 tablespoons of tart cherry juice concentrate in a 8 oz glass of water and drink it twice per day. For non-concentrated juice, just drink 8 oz of the juice twice per day.
Once your symptoms have passed you can try reducing the amount and frequency, for maintenance. This will very from person to person, so you'll need to find what works best for you.