Arthritis / Inflammation / Gout
For decades, tart cherries have quietly grown a devoted fan base of arthritis and gout sufferers who routinely consumed the fruit (particularly as juice) to help soothe their symptoms.In fact, the suspicion that cherries might help with arthritis and gout was first proposed in 1950 (Blau 1950). This preliminary study found that daily cherry consumption helped to relieve "gout attacks" and the pain associated with arthritis. After eating cherries, the patients in the study had lower blood levels of uric acid. Elevated levels of uric acid are associated with the onset and progression of gout.
What's more, a growing body of science continues to show that tart cherry consumption may help relieve arthritis and gout symptoms.
A recent study by
Studies also suggest antioxidant-rich foods, like cherries, may help reduce levels of nitric oxide, a compound associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Good news for those looking for natural health solutions. In a recent survey most respondents said they’d prefer to eat or drink foods with health promoting properties over medical treatment or dietary supplements. Reducing joint pain and inflammation were among the priority conditions. Also in the survey, 81% of consumers said they’d add more cherries to their daily diet if they knew the health benefits were virtually equal to dietary supplements*.
“Arthritis pain can be very debilitating, limiting activity and overall quality of life,” says,” said Leslie Bonci, Director of Sports Medicine Nutrition in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the
Click here to learn why Leslie recommends choosing cherries to as a natural way to manage and alleviate arthritis symptoms.
Learn more in the Cherry Nutrition Report.
For more information on arthritis, visit the Arthritis Foundation Web site at www.arthritis.org
*Survey of 1,517 adults age 45 and older, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation’s Caravan Services, November 2007, on behalf of the Cherry Marketing Institute.