By Chloe McLeod
In a nutshell (or a cherry stone), the findings of the article indicate that consumption of three serves of cherries per day can result in a 35% reduction in symptoms of gout. If this is paired with the drug allopurinol, this can be reduced by up to 75% - this is huge! A serving size was depicted to be ½ cup, or 10-12 cherries. Furthermore, the effect of intake did not change when controlled for gender, obesity status, intake of purines, diuretic or alcohol use.
The mechanism is thought to be either through increasing glomerular filtration (fluid through the kidney) rate, or through reduction of inflammation due to high levels of anthocyanins (an antioxidant), or both.
Further research does need to be done to confirm the findings, however these results provide compelling evidence to encourage those suffering from gout to include cherries, or cherry extract as a part of their diet.
At least until further research is done, it is important you continue to take your medications prescribed to you by your rheumatologist.
We would love to hear about anyone’s experiences with cherries, or anything else that helps keep their gout in check!
Chloe McLeod is a dietitian at BJC Health.
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