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posted Oct 8, 2012, 10:35 AM by Carl Bird

by Alexandra Cernick

It has been discovered that there is a strong correlation between consuming cherries and when doing so having less flare ups of gout attacks. Gout is a medical condition of inflammatory arthritis where uric acid builds up between your joints and causes a lot of discomfort and inflammation, mainly in the foot. It has been said that over eight million residents of the United States have gout, and suffer with its flare ups. A study is currently being conducted at Boston University that is showing a possible connection that cherries can lower the effects of gout attacks by about thirty five percent. A person who suffers from gout just needs to consume about two to three servings of cherries, or cherry extract, for two days for them to experience some sort of change.

 The consumption of cherries does not replace regular medication, rather is just enhances its use. The medication seems to work best when taken with some type of natural cherry product. Researchers believe that it is the certain types of antioxidants within cherries that help gout attacks to subside. Some questions to think about though are what kind of antioxidants help the pain from the uric acid decrease? Are there any other types of food, specifically fruit, that are similar to cherries that could possibly have the same kind of effect? And what causes the buildup of uric acid in the first place? And why does it only happen in a select group of people?