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How Can Cherries Help You Eliminate Gout Pain?

There are several factors that are helpful in allowing cherries and gout pain relief.  Let’s discuss these as these delicious fruits are incredible for fighting this painful disease.

Quercitin.

Quercitin is a flavonol that helps eliminate gout pain by reducing swelling. It works by inhibiting the body from releasing and producing histamines. Histamines cause inflammation.  The extremes of histamine release are seen with people in severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis.  This is because the histamines did too good of a job and overwhelmed the person’s system.  You would not get enough quercitin to stop the histamines in a true allergic reaction, but seeing how gout is not a severe allergic reaction, we can use quercitin to help us reduce or eliminate gout pain in the long term.

I would suggest tart cherries over sweet cherries as Tart cherries contain higher levels than the sweet ones.
You can also take quercitin as a supplement, but do not do this if you are on antibiotics. Make sure you tell your physician if you are taking quercitin so you can avoid any unnecessary complications from antibiotics.

Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins are what cause the dark colors in cherries.  “Twenty cherries provide 25 milligrams of anthocyanins, which help to shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place, so cherries can prevent and treat many kinds of pain,” says Muraleedharan Nair, the lead researcher on the cherry project at Michigan State University. The anthocyanins also may protect artery walls from the damage that leads to plaque build up and heart disease. In fact, the latest research shows that anthocyanins do a better job of protecting arteries than vitamins C and E.

–Wang, H. et al. 1999 Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Anthocyanins and their Alglycon, Cyanid, from Tart Cherries. Journal of Natural Products 62(2): 294-296.

There are around 80-300mg of anthocyanins in darker cherries so try eating them more often than lighter types of cherries.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also help cherries treat gout.  Cherries contain plenty of vitamin C.  Read about how vitamin C is one of the best natural treatments for gout and how it is essential to helping you get rid of gout. Cherries contain 7mg of vitamin C per serving.
Fiber

Cherries also contain fiber which is beneficial. Fiber helps you in your fight to lose weight which is a common factor with those who have gout symptoms. The average serving of cherries contains 2g of fiber. While this is not a huge amount ( recommended daily dose of fiber is 24g), it will get you started.

Conclusion

Cherries are excellent for helping to get rid of gout.  Whether they are reducing swelling or lowering uric acid levels, they are the complete package. If you gout and are not using cherries, start today.

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