A team of researchers led by Professor Yuqing Zhang at Boston University found that eating cherry can help to lower risk of recurrent gout. Gout is caused by accumulates of uric acid in human blood stream. The study titled “Cherry consumption and the risk of recurrent gout attacks” is being published by Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).
Using a sample of 633 individuals with gout for duration of one year, Prof. Zhang and the team of researchers found that people in the sample that ate cherries for at least two-day period, indicated a 35% lower risk of gout attacks. The study also confirmed that risk of gout attacks was about 75% reduced, if people in the sample ate cherry and combined taking drugs fighting the uric acid in blood stream.
The measurement of one cherry serving is equal to one half cup, or 10 to 12 pieces of cherries. To be effective for preventing a gout attack, consuming at least three servings of cherries, or about one and a half cups, or about 30 to 36 cherries.
High level of uric acid in the blood stream is usually causing uncomfortable in the big toes and pain in foot and knees joints. With too much uric acid in the body, it sometime also causes swelling and inflammation in the joints.