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Gout Treatment: Find Relief with Tart Cherry Juice

Updated on June 25, 2014
Gout: Tart Cherry Juice reduces gout attacks, reduces joint pain and aids in muscle recovery. It even reduces muscle inflamation.
Gout: Tart Cherry Juice reduces gout attacks, reduces joint pain and aids in muscle recovery. It even reduces muscle inflamation. | Source

Article Contents

What is Gout

What is Tart Cherry Juice

How does tart cherry juice aid in gout relief?

Why do tart cherries help reduce gout flare up?

Research Findings: Gout Relief and Tart Cherry Juice

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis and it is very painful. The primary reason for gout attacks is the build up of uric acid. Although gout attacks could be considered chronic, the development of gout occurs long before the first attack.

Uric Acid: Uric acid forms naturally in the body. It is basically a waste product from dying cells. A diet rich in purines can also increase uric acid. The body begins to store the buildup and it begins to crystalize in the joints and tissues of the body. Understanding which foods are rich in purine may aid you in preventing future attacks.

Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

A great antioxidant, combats insomnia and gout. Tart Cherry Juice is rich in potassium. Studies are showing incredible benefits in nutrition, muscle health and cellular armor against various cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

What is tart cherry juice?

Tart cherry juice is created by juicing tart cherries. Montmorency is a popular type of tart cherry used for producing tart cherry juice.

Tart Cherry Juice contains high levels of antioxidants:

  • Anthocyanins
  • Flavanols
  • Phytochemicals

Tart Cherry Juice is beneficial in improving symptoms in:

  • Gout
  • Insomnia
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Muscle inflammation
  • Muscle Fatigue

How does tart cherry juice aid in gout relief?

Tart cherry juice has the ability to reduce uric acid levels.

One particular study recently concluded,

the consumption of cherry juice concentrate for a period of 4 months or longer, reduces acute gout flares, via anti-inflammatory actions. Schlessinger, 2012

The patients that participated in the above study consumed just a tablespoon of tart cherry juice twice a day. The group reduced gout attacks by over 50%. Additionally, the relief lasted up to six months.

Why do tart cherries help reduce gout flare up?

Potassium: Tart cherries are rich in potassium. Potassium aids in effective kidney function. Potassium also aids in maintaining alkalinity in the urine. Proper pH levels in the urine deter the kidneys from releasing excess uric acid back into the blood stream. Therefore, tart cherry juice can be used as a preventative option in aiding in the reduction of uric acid in the body. In a related study, patients consumed 45 cherries. Plasma levels were measured for uric acid five hours later and uric acid levels had decreased. In addition, urine levels increased in uric acid levels. This defends the claim cherries aid in removing uric acid levels from the blood and removing them through the urine.

Anti-inflammatory: Tart cherry juice has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties are also said to aid in the reduction of gout flare-ups. The anti-inflammatory properties in tart cherries is found in the flavonoids.

Research Findings: Gout Relief with Tart Cherry Juice

EULAR: Cherry Juice Seems to Bring Some Gout Relief, MedPage Today, June 2010.

Health Effects of Tart Cherries Exploring cherries' beneficial phytochemicals, Natural Medicine Journal, August 2011, Jacob Schor ND, FABNO

Disclaimer: MissOlive is not a physician and does not diagnose or treat health issues. The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Please consult a physician for medical and dietary advice and treatment. Gout and uric acid buildup should not be assumed or treated without the supervision of a medical professional.

All of MissOlive's hubs are authored by, Marisa Hammond Olivares

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      I have read about the juice and its benefits. It is better to make your own, However, a website sells it and NFL teams are buying it up, as it helps pain. If you buy it, your have to concern yourself about the sugar content. I may look into buying some and also look for tart cherries in the grocery store.

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      mr-veg 

      5 years ago from Colorado United States

      Interesting fact !! Great to learn about this wonder medicine !!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had read about using concentrated cherry juice a long time ago and told my dad to use it when he once had an attack of gout. It worked! I am going to email this hub to a friend who suffers with it and am also going to pin this to my health related board + share with my followers. Reading this article should help many people. God bless you!

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      Tony 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      I have gout, or had, or still do, hard to tell. I'd tried many home remedies but nothing seemed to work until I got on prescription Allopurinol. Since then I've never had an attack, and it's been over 10 years. Prior, I'd get 3-4 a year.

      However, I'd never heard of the Tart Cherry Juice a natural remedy, and I'd tried a lot of things. Thanks for bringing another option to the table for us gout suffers. It's a really painful form of arthritis.

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      From what I have read at the first sign of a gout attack, the first line of defense is:

      198 mg. of potassium

      1000 mg. of Vitamin C

      600-800 mg. of ibuprofen

      2 - 3 T. tart cherry juice in water

      Possibly helpful - pineapple juice, celery seed concentrate and folic acid.

      Rx treatments include Allopurinol and colchicine (ColCrys).

      My allopurinol Rx costs about $10 for 30 pills. Colchicine which I used to take only during flare ups has been taken off the market as a generic and only the brand name 'ColCrys' is available.

      I just tried to fill a new prescription for ColCrys because of a couple of severe flare ups. The price I was quoted was for $164 for 30 pills!

      I found a Canadian pharmacy that will fill the Rx for 1/4 of that price, but now I have to get a new prescription and mail it to Canada and wait for the pills to arrive. Hopefully by then this attack will be over.

      Colchicine is VERY effective for me. Taking one pill per hour will totally dissolve the crystals in about five hours. I can't understand why the generic was taken off the market.

      The 'natural' treatments here take about a week to resolve an attack. I hate Gout! The pain is just unbelievable.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'd always heard that bananas were good for gout. Good to know that tart cherry juice is too.

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I've been having some major flare ups lately. Now I have started eating dried cherries too. I think it's because I've been trying low carb which includes eating more meat and cheeses. I never cared for cheese much. Now I know why.

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      Janelle 

      6 years ago from Houston

      Interesting I had never heard of this juice before. Good to know.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I occasionally have a gout flare up sor unknown reasons, and immeditely buy some Hain's Black Cherry Concentrate, dilute it some and drink several glasses for a day or two. It always seem to work for me.

      This is very useful info! UP!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! They ate 45 cherries? That would be a full stomach, though if they were chocolate covered, I'm afraid there probably would be no limit to my cherry consumption. :D

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      CrisSp 

      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I've never heard of tart cherry juice before and this came perfectly for my hubby who's got gout problem and didn't want to take any prescribed drugs anymore from our family doctor. I am sharing the info with him and hopefully, this will help as an alternative way to reduce the pain or better yet combat it.

      Thanks.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      I've heard of this before but am so glad I read your article. I have a friend with gout that I'm going to share this article with. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Carlysullens, how horrible for him, I'm sure you feel for him when he is going through his flare-ups. Great testimony on the cherry supplements working. I hope you enjoy the juice too.

      Austinstar, I do remember you mentioning gout to me on one of my other hubs. I'm glad to hear you are trying the concentrate... not too sure about taking it with 'diet monster' though. :) Regardless, it does sound like it has helped keep the flare-ups away, or at least not as bad. They fascitis certainly doesn't make things any easier for you. Sorry to hear you have to deal with this.

      Faith Reaper, I pray you don't have to deal with it either. It just sounds so painful and uncomfortable. He was a big man!

      Melovy, I'm so pleased to hear the tart cherry juice helped. I'm glad I was able to add some info for you and your child. I do hope it is keeping the pain and inflammation down.

      teaches12345, yes, me too! I'm trying to drink about 1/2 a cup twice a day. It does seem to help me feel better and sleep better. Glad to see you.

      drbj, glad to have offered some new info. It is supposed to be really great for arthritis and inflammation too. It even improves muscle recovery for athletes.

      Gypsy Rose Lee, thank you so much. Glad to share and I appreciate you sharing as well.

      cadebe, I'm so sorry to hear she suffers from gout. I do hope tart cherry juice provides her with relief.

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      cadebe 

      6 years ago

      My mother suffers from gout flare-ups. I discussed the benefits of tart cherry juice with her, citing the information from this post. She is definitely going to incorporate it into her diet. Great hub!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and useful. Certainly helpful for those who suffer from gout. Thanks for sharing this information and passing it on.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I knew that tart cherries helped to combat insomnia but was not aware of their benefit for those suffering from gout. Learn something new every day. Thanks, Missolive.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Interesting to know that cherry juice, a simple food item, will help in relieving gout. I do love the tart, sweet flavor of dark cherry juice (100% only). I guess I am going to have to drink it more often just for the health benefits. Great hub post, as usual.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      My brother-in-law had gout a year ago my sister got him tart cherry juice - it did help. She's got most of our family taking it now, for various aches and pains. I've even started my 14-yr-old on it because she gets reactive arthritis with viruses. But until now I didn't know why it worked! Thanks for the information.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I pray I never have to suffer with gout, as my poor father did, and he was a big man, 6'2" or so, and he confessed that pain from the gout was almost unbearable. I wish we had known about it back then to help him. Thanks for sharing this. Very informative and helpful hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      I have now taken to mixing a couple of tablespoons of conc. cherry juice with my morning diet Monster. It's very tasty. I still have gout flare ups from time to time and I have foot problems with plantar fasciitis. It's a lot better when I take the cherry juice.

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      My husband has gout. Sometimes the flare ups are so bad he can not walk. I looked into alternative treatments and read about cherries to reduce the gout. I was skeptical. I went to the store and bought him a big bag of cherries, lol. Needless to say he didn't eat enough to combat the gout. Though I did find other cherry supplements and he started taking them daily. The gout did subsided. I like this idea of the cherry juice. It is quick and easy to consume, and it really does work.

      thank you as always, missolive, for informing us to better health and alternative natural remedies.

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