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Which Cherries Are the Best Remedies for Gout? | Cure Gout Now

Which Cherries Are the Best Remedies for Gout?

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When it comes to remedies for gout, the first thing that comes to mind may not be cherries, but they are in fact one of the most popular “home remedies” for helping to treat and prevent gout.  In fact, cherries have been considered an effective gout treatment for more than fifty years.  It was in the early 1950’s that doctors in Texas began recognizing that regular consumption of cherries, lead to gout symptoms being reduced and increased time between attacks was observed.

It is not yet known whether cherries work for everyone, or whether only certain people can benefit from what cherries can do for the symptoms and attacks.  Though many people claim wonderful results, not everyone has had experiences that are equally as promising.

The benefit of the cherry remedies for gout comes from the fact that they contain anthocyanidins, which are a sub-class of flavonoids.  These flavonoids work to reduce the levels of uric acid in the body and decrease pain levels.  Anthocyanidins are also utilized as an ingredient in many NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

Cherries reduce uric acid levels (vital to treating gout) due to the property of anthocyanidins, which decreases the production of the enzyme, xanthine oxidase, that is crucial to the formation of uric acid.  Therefore, the body is not able to produce as much uric acid and so there is less to be accumulated and expelled. 

Cherries get their red or black color from their anthocyanidin content.  Many other fruits and vegetables also contain this colorful ingredient, however, cherries are high in  a specific anthocyanidin called cyanidin.  Every 100 grams of cherries contains about 75 milligrams of cyanidin, as well as other anthocyanidins called peonidin and pelargonidin.

A study by Michigan State University showed that anthocyanidins within cherries do indeed inhibit inflammation and pain and help with the expulsion of uric acid, without any side effects.  Therefore, they could be a very valuable natural gout treatment.

A smaller study performed by the United States Agricultural Research Service looked specifically at Bing (sweet) cherries.  This study showed that five hours after eating 45 of these cherries for breakfast, the following results occurred:

• Uric acid levels in the blood had slightly decreased
• Urate levels (uric acid) in the urine increased significantly
• There was a non-significant impact on inflammation, but it was still considered to be promising.

Overall, what can be counted on when cherries are regularly consumed as a remedy for gout is that uric acid levels in the body will be reduced, therefore increasing the chances of easing the symptoms and occurrence of gout.  Since this result is dependent on anthocyanidins, the cherries to look for are those that have the highest anthocyanidin levels. 

It is, easy to tell which cherries to choose to treat gout, since the darker the color of cherries (darker red or darker black), the higher they will be in the necessary flavonoids.

There are hundreds of different kinds of cherries, and all of them are considered to be beneficial to treating gout.  However, the sweet cherries have higher levels of anthocyanidins than sour/tart ones, the darker colored red and black ones have higher levels than the lighter ones, and the fresher they are, the more effective they are.

In the case of frozen cherries, there are fewer anthocyanidins, so more will need to be consumed for the same level of efficacy.  About one half pound (225 grams) of frozen cherries – that’s about 20 cherries – will be required.  Cherry juice will also work, as long as only pure black or red cherry juice is selected. Dried cherries also work well as remedies for gout.

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7 Responses

  1. Gerry Shroff
    April 17th, 2008 | 6:36 pm


    Do you have hard copies of the books for sale instead of downloads? Please let me know. Thanks.


  2. Vaclav Barta
    April 18th, 2008 | 11:26 am

    Hi,, please tell me if aspirin or ibuprofen will work too.
    Thank You
    V.Barta Ph.D.

  3. April 18th, 2008 | 12:22 pm

    Gerry -

    Hi Gerry. Currently we do not offer any of the Cure Gout Now range of products as hard copies. However, if there is enough demand we will do so.

    Vaclav -

    Here is a post I made that covers some information about reducing the discomfort of Gout:


    “When the first gout joint symptom appears, most want to do something right away. Left untreated a normal bout of gout will last from a week to ten days. You can take a NSAID right away. This is a pain reliever that will also help with inflammation and swelling, allowing some flexibility in the joint. Make sure you chose a pain reliever that also tackles inflammation, like ibuprofen, as painrelievers like aspirin can actually make gout symptoms worse by inhibiting uric acid excretion.”


  4. Connie
    April 18th, 2008 | 1:21 pm

    How can you tell without a doctor’s diagnosis whether it is gout or arthritis?
    Have you heard of gout in the knuckle and joints of the fingers/thumbs?

  5. May 5th, 2008 | 3:11 pm

    Connie -

    There are different approaches to diagnosing Gout and arthritis.

    Gout tends to make effected joints (at least in the earlier stages):

    - Shiny red
    - Swollen
    - Warm to touch
    - Extremely painful

    Later stages of gout have additional symptoms.

    There are over 100 types of arthritis and associated rheumatic conditions.

    The symptoms of arthritis can vary but are generally as follows:

    - Redness/warmth around a joint
    - Joint stiffness/tenderness
    - Joint fluid and/or swelling
    - Bumps or small lumps on the joint
    - Reduced range of motion
    - Some people suffer with Fever
    - And some suffer with Fatigue

    To be sure of a proper diagnosis you should seek a professional diagnosis from a doctor or rheumatologist. Do not put this off as the longer you leave it the more damage that can occur to your joints.

    Once you know what you have you can chose the corredt approach to combatting the problem.

    It is not that unusual to get gout in the knuckle joints of the fingers/thumbs - although Gout is more likely to strike the joints in the foot and ankle - particularly the big toe.


  6. Bob Snowden
    June 5th, 2008 | 4:48 pm

    Hi List, was wondering if you have your e-books on Amazon, for use with
    the Amazon kindell e-book reader.?

  7. June 6th, 2008 | 10:03 am

    Hi Bob
    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, no my ebook is not available through amazon for their new Kindell reader. As I understand it the books available to read via Kindell are those that they already hold on their site, but in electronic format rather than hard copy.
    Thank you for your interest. If you would like to purchase a copy of Cure Gout Now you can do so at the following website:

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