Gout, a painful arthritic diseases caused by a buildup of uric acid, affects about 8 million Americans annually and is one of the primary concerns brought by patients to rheumatologists. Gout often affects the lower limbs, especially the bones and joints of the feet, effectively leaving you disabled for some time so prevention is key.
After significant anecdotal evidence of the possible power of cherries to prevent gout, researchers finally took note. In 2012 a study was conducted at the Boston University Medical Center to determine whether the consumption of cherries could affect the occurrence of gout. It was found that cherry consumption reduced the likelihood of an attack by at least one third.
The science behind the cherries is that, cherries and cherry extract can block the tubular reabsorption of urate and increases urate excretion in the urine. Cherries also reduce the production of uric acid. Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
A bowl of cherries daily and a conscientious diet makes for a strong, natural gout prevention program.