For years people have reported cherries help reduce osteoarthritis pain and gout flare up. Thanks to the dedication of food scientists, the old wives’ tales and popular folklore is backed by scientific data and published research.
Researchers have studied all types and varieties of cherries. They have compared sweet cherries to tart cherries and drinking tart cherry juice verse taking tart cherry capsules. What is great about the growing numbers of published research information is they all point to the same conclusion. Tart cherries, no matter if you drink the juice or take the capsules help reduce joint pain and gout flareups naturally.
Published Gout Management Research
A published study from Boston University Medical center in 2012 revealed eating 10+ cherries daily helped to protect people from gout flareups. The study was conducted on 633 participants and according to the co-author Hyon K. Choi, MD, “Cherry intake was associated with a 50 percent lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period,”. He continued and said “We extrapolate that cherries will continue to work long-term.”
The study attributes the positive effects to anthocyanins. These are naturally occurring plant pigments that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins are found naturally all throughout nature, but cherries, especially tart cherries, contain higher levels.
Another study that was published in 2014 found that drinking Montmorency tart juice reduced uric acid levels in the bloodstream. In addition, other 2014 study revealed participants who ate whole tart cherries also enjoyed increased levels of anthocyanins in their bloodstream. However, these participants reported to have experience high levels of gout flareups when compared to those drinking the juice. However, both studies indicated Montmorency tart cherries does help to reduce the risk of gout flare-ups.
Osteoarthritis Relief Research
In addition to gout relief, studies also show how cherries help to reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis. In 2013, researchers from Philadelphia VA Medical Center reported the positive effects tart cherry juice consumption has on joint pain and stiffness. The research team worked with patients for 6 weeks. Each of the participants consumed two 8-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice daily for the time of the research period. The participants in the study showed a decrease in high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP). This is a marker of inflammation in the body.
Another study conducted at the Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, also showed positive results for participants. A total of 20 patients where enrolled in the study and over half indicated they experience less pain and better joint function. The participants in the study consumed tart cherry pills for the duration of the study.
No matter if the tart cherries are in the liquid form such as tart cherry juice, cherry juice concentrate or in cherry capsules, published research shows cherries help to reduce inflammation and joint pain. They also help to reduce the risk of a gout flareup, too.