Tart cherry has been shown to help reduce uric acid
Juice is not recommended due to the high sugar content
Daily fructose amounts can easily be exceeded -- yes, even with fruit.
Our Flamasil® product contains 300mg of Tart Cherry Extract as one of many key ingredients
Is Tart Cherry Juice good for Gout, Arthritis and General Inflammation?
The following was published in a supplement to the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism in 2012:
Study Co-author Hyon K. Choi, MD says that "Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period," and also commented "We extrapolate that cherries will continue to work long-term."
It is believed that anthocyanins - plant pigments may well have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and these are found in both red and purple fruits. These include raspberries and blueberries, but cherries, especially sharp tasting cherries, contain the higher levels.
British researchers in a 2014 study in the Journal of Functional Foods found that drinking Montmorency tart juice reduced blood levels of gout-causing uric acid. Another study in the same journal found that eating whole cherries led to a similar increase in anthocyanins.
Researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., saw a 50 percent reduction in flares when gout patients took one tablespoon of tart cherry extract - the equivalent of 45 to 60 cherries - twice a day for four months, although this was a small study.
There are other studies suggest that cherries may also help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). In a 2013 article in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, researchers at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center reported a significant improvement in pain, stiffness and physical function amongst patients who consumed two 8-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice daily for 6 weeks. A decrease in sensitivity to some inflammatory markers was also reported.
What problems could one encounter by consuming large amounts of tart cherry juice or whole cherries?
Cherries are full of anthocyanins and other natural compounds that inhibit inflammatory promoting enzymes. This activity is comparable to what you would obtain from OTC drugs like Iburprofen and Naproxen, without the dangerous side effects.
The potent components in tart cherries have been demonstrated to deliver high-level protection against inflammatory and degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Our Flamasil® product contains an exciting 300mg of Tart Cherry Extract, one of many extremely beneficial ingredients in this comprehensive formulation!
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