Want to prevent recurrent gout attacks? The answer may be a bowl of cherries!
A recently published study in Arthritis and Rheumatism, from Boston University, showed that eating cherries can not only help decrease gout recurrence: The researchers noted that to an extent, the more cherries that were consumed, the lower the risk of gout attack up to about 3 servings in a 48 hour period.
Three servings - just about one and a half cups of cherries - turns out to be the magic number for preventing a gout attack. There are said to more than 50 kinds of cherries to choose from. Some believe that tart cherries are particularly helpful in lowering inflammation, as well as other red blue and purple fruits and veggies too.
Gout afflicts over 8.3 million Americans. This inflammatory arthritis occurs when uric acid crystals form in the joints, causing great pain and swelling. Often symptoms occur first in the toes, making it difficult to walk. Gout may affect the entire foot, even knees or ankles, and in some cases, the elbows and shoulders. (It occurs more often in men than women, particularly if obesity is a problem, but women after menopause are also at risk.)
If you suffer from gout, you know how acutely painful it is. Most patients can’t even put on a sock, forget about their shoes! So stock up on cherries! Look for more research in this area in the future.
Wasn’t it Erma Bombeck who wrote, “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits?” Maybe she suffered from gout!
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