People with gout may be able to cut in half their risk of recurrent attacks by eating about 20 cherries a day, preliminary research suggests.
The findings support years of anecdotal reports from patients that cherries help keep the inflammatory arthritic condition in check, doctors here say.
Tart cherries found in cherry concentrate are abundant in anthocyanins – a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinctive sour-sweet taste. This phytonutrient, a type of flavonoid, is also behind the potential health-promoting properties of tart cherries. From soothing arthritis and gout symptoms and easing muscle pain after a workout to enhancing sleep, tart cherries have been credited with an array of health advantages.