Cherries And Cherry Juice Gout Cures

CherriesA message from a reader today prompts me to revisit my Cherry Juice Gout page.

The message was about how the reader uses cherries to help gout. More about that later, but first correction of an omission.

I wrote about “Later reports”, without mentioning what they were. The studies include:

  • Jacob, Robert et al. Consumption of Cherries Lowers Plamsa Urate in Healthy Women. Journal of Nutrition. 2003 Jun;133(6):1826-9.
  • Antioxidant and antiinflammatory activities of anthocyanins and their aglycon, cyanidin, from tart cherries. Journal of natural products 1999 May;62(5):802.

  • Consumption of Bing Sweet Cherries Lowers Circulating Concentrations of Inflammation Markers in Healthy Men and Women. Journal of Nutrition 2006 Apr 136: 981-986.
  • Cyclooxygenase inhibitory and antioxidant cyanidin glycosides in cherries and berries. Phytomedicine. 2001 Sep;8(5):362-9.

I’ve listed these now on my Cherry Juice Gout page. If you hear about any other interesting studies about cherries or cherry juice (gout related), please let me know.

Of course, none of this means that cherry juice is a cure for gout. I have not noticed significant benefits myself. Reactions will vary from person to person. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of cherries should make them beneficial as part of a well balanced diet.

Your Cherry and Cherry Juice Gout Cures

I’m hoping more people will let me know how they use cherries.
What type?
Raw, cooked or juice?
Interesting cherry recipes?

Also see Gout, Cherries And Cherry Juice.

This discussion is now closed. Please join the cherry juice for gout discussion.

For the latest cherries information please see the Cherry Juice For Gout guidelines

31 Comments

  • A reader made the following comment about cherry juice last year:

    at breakfast, lunch and after dinner – drank a 12 ounce glass of half water/half unsweetened cherry juice, a pinch of baking soda, and two tablespoons of Bragg’s ACV. Within three days, I have stopped taking my indomethecin, and watched in amazement at the shrinking back to normal of my long swollen ankle.

    I’ll be writing more about ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) soon.

  • The message that prompted me to look again at my Cherry Juice Gout page:

    Gout Cure Name: fresh cherries

    Gout Cure Details: 6 oz. cherry juice in A.M. and approx. 20 fresh cherries late afternoon.This along with at least 6 eight oz. glasses of water

    Type: Gout Prevention

    What’s your experience with cherries? Any relief or no effect? Please add comments below.

  • I’ve just received the following message:

    Many other sites seem to indicate that lemon juice / cherry juice is helpful for gout sufferers, but, with regard to acidity and your list, it seems that these would be a mistake to ingest. I am thoroughly confused. Your comments would be appreciated.

    I won’t bore you with my full reply, but the part that relates to a possible cherry juice gout cure was:

    Cherry juice is recommended for gout sufferers for a different reason. Certain compounds within cherry juice are natural anti-inflammatories. Anti-oxidant properties are also likely to be beneficial. Naturally occurring concentrations are tiny compared to equivalent anti-inflammatory drugs (some might argue this is a good thing).

    Commercially available cherry juices vary widely in concentration. As with most natural products, active components are also likely to vary between species. Quite how one can measure the effectiveness of cherry juice remains a mystery to me, but if it works for you then use it.

    Most other dark berries also contain similar compounds. I drink them because they’re delicious. The chance that they might be doing me some good helps, but I’ve never been able to prove this.

  • I understand cherry extracts help reduce uric acid level. Are there any other derivatives from cherries in high enough concentrations to lower uric acid levels. Currently my levels is 0.6 over the upper limit. Can you help?


    Luv From Arthur Eyetiss
    ———————–
    This post was based on a private message sent to GoutPal, reproduced anonymously.
    If you’d like to claim it, first register, then let me know.

  • Arthur,

    From my understanding of the effects of cherries on gout, raw cherries, juice and extracts all have a positive effect in reducing uric acid. Nobody knows why this is so, but the antioxidants in cherries seem to be the favorite option. If this is so, then all dark berries, e.g. bilberries, blackberries and black currants should have a similar effect.

    The main problem is to know if these effects are strong enough to reduce uric acid levels sufficiently. Everything I’ve read about antioxidants recently points to positive effects on uric acid, so an antioxidant rich diet should help.

    This is the direction I’m taking with my gout diet plan. I’ll be developing this in more detail here soon.

    It makes sense to arrange regular uric acid tests to ensure that any action you take to reduce uric acid is working. Remember, if you do this, that uric acid levels change from day to day, and so it is important to look for a downward trend.


    GoutPal

    Some days I think I’m just talking to myself.

  • health pal

    Am wondering if pomengrante juice is another juice that can reduce the uric acid effect of gout. health pal

  • Ward Lindsey

    My cases of gout are rare, but extremely severe. Heard about the cherry cure as an ‘old wives tale’. Nothing to lose, so I ate a 16oz can of cherries in water. I went from excruciating pain to normal in 24 hrs.
    It works every time for me. I am on this website because yesterday I couldn’t wear a shoe on my right foot – a can of cherries last night, and I am walking today.
    I am sold, it works great for me.

  • sylvie

    To wardlindsey please let me know where can I buy the can of cherries in water.I’m from Montreal Canada,Thank you

  • Relieved

    I have suffered from gout for the past 10 years .Each year the frequency of attacks and the pain levels increased.I was prescribed napricin to reduce the swelling and relieve the pain.It seemed to do the trick intially, but as time went on it seemed to be less effective. My doctor has recently described alpuranol I am reluctant to take this as I will have to take these tablets for the rest of my life. I read about cherries and cherry juice on the internet about 3 months ago. I had a gout attack 2 weeks ago and decided to try the cherry remedy.What a miracle cure. Within 24 hours of eating the the entire contents of a can of cherries which i bought at Tescos I had instant pain relief and reduced swelling in my joints. After repeating this twice more at 4 day intervals the swelling and pain has disappeared.I would recommend cherries as the drug free form for treating gout

  • zip2play

    I have seen a study showing that cherries are also uricosuric, causing the kidneys to discharge nire uric acid.

    So from the above posts, can I assume that cherries are used mainly to stop an attack in progress? That seems a lot more doable than cherries every day 24/7/365 which can get to be a VERY expensive proposition.

    Of course, merely aborting acute attacks does little to stop the inevitable progression of gout which seems to be Diabetes 2, Kidney Failure, perhaps heart disease and DEATH. Aborting acute attacks will not lower the hyperuricemia that is responsible for the awful cascade.

    • trev

      I seem to be worryingly on target for this process Zip! :~(
      Only recently have I realised that getting over the attacks every few months and watching alcohol and food type consumption is not enough to stop such a progress (or indeed attacks- though reduced since stopping years of using Bendromethfluthiazide and also retiring from a stressful job).
      My SUA was recently just in range for normal [for a non sufferer of gout] (445 umol/dL = 7.5 mg/dL) but other tests now due are more likely to show if problems are developing too far on your ‘cascade’ list!

  • matthew

    Frommy experience over the last ten years since discovering cherries as a non-medical palliative for gout… before dicovering them I was on allopurinol which just about kept it under control… since then I’ve not taken allopurinol.

    For prevention of attacks I aim for about a handful of cherries or equivalent a day or every other day… they can be any form, fresh (nicest, in season), jam (jelly to those in the US), dried, chocolate coated, ‘pie filling’, canned, cooked in cakes, high fruit content yoghurt, cherry leather, etc etc etc. If I forget for a while I can get an attack, but eating half a pound or so will stop the pain and swelling in its tracks. The effect is almost as fast as NSAID pain killers at stopping the pain, takes about a day for the swelling to go down.

    If I remember to each cherries I’m attack free. For periods of over a year… it just gets hard at times to find cherries regularly especially in the march-april and oct-nov periods when fresh cherries are not available.

    It’s not expensive… one Marks and Spencer greek yoghurt with cherry compote three times a week for lunch is quite affordable compared to the pain of gout. You can tell, I live in the UK… but there are bound to be alternatives where you live!

    Blueberries also seem to work… not tried with strawberries, their season is too short and they are not so nice dried / jammed and such like. Black or dark red cherries seem to be better than white or red ones.

    Last time my uric acid was measured it was within normal paramaters… so ongoing cherry consumption appears to act as a fix for the cause not for the symptoms.

  • esti dan-gur

    My son had a massive gout attack, usually rare in the under 30’s. He was told to eat cherries, but wouldn’t any fruit do? Surely pineapple juice would dissolve
    uric acid crystals, as I have read that it can dissolve bone!?

  • Robert

    In response to Sylvie from Montreal….

    Try Adonis either in Laval or on Cote Vertu. They have Sour Cherry Juice as well as Sour Cherries in light syrup (in a jar)
    I’m suffering like hell right now and can’t take NSAID’s (Aleve, Ibuprofen, etc) b/c of high blood pressure so I just came back from buying a supply of both juice and the real cherries.

    I’ll try anything to relieve this pain or just cut the damn thing off. (lol)

  • Robert

    Welllll, I’ve got to say. Maybe it has different effects on different people but I just drank 2 litres of cherry juice since Monday (we’re Wednesday today) and it didn’t do squat.

    If it works for anyone else then….lucky you.

  • John C.

    I have been using tart cherries for my gout for the past six months. I learned about them from my doctor. I recently discovered a free tart cherry book that tells how tart cherries can help with gout. It is a good book and best of all it is free. It is called Tart Cherry Health Report. Here is a link if you are interested: [removed pending further investigation]

    • Has anything changed since this company were warned:

      Public Health Service
      Food and Drug Administration
      Detroit District

      300 River Pl #5900
      Detroit, MI 48207
      Telephone: 313-393-8100
      FAX: 313-393-8139

      October 17, 2005
      WARNING LETTER
      VIA CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

      Andy LaPointe
      Traverse Bay Farms
      7053 S M88 Hwy
      PO Box 1229
      Bellaire, MI 49615

      Ref. No. DT-06-18

      Dear Mr LaPointe:

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the labeling of your Cherry Juice Concentrate, Wild Blueberry Juice Concentrate, and Fruit Advantage Dried Cherries, and Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Capsules on your website at http://www.traversebayfarms.com. Our review shows serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) in the labeling of these products. You can find the Act and implementing regulations through links on FDA’s Internet home page at http://www.fda.gov.

      Under the Act, articles intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease in man are drugs [Section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act, 21 USC 321(g)(1)(B)]. The labeling for your products on your website bears the following claims:

      Cherry Juice Concentrate

      “Ongoing research shows that tart cherries are a rich source of antioxidants, including melatonin, which may help to relieve the pain of arthritis, gout and possibly fibromyalgia.”

      Cherry Juice Concentrate, Fruit Advantage Dried Cherries and Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry Capsules

      * “Tart cherries … can offer joint pain-relief and anti-inflammatory properties, fight cancer and heart disease, and prevent sleep disorders.”
      * “[Cherries] contain compounds that help relieve the pain of arthritis, gout and even headaches.”
      * “[C]herries are rich in two important flavonoids — isoqueritrin and queritrin. According to leading, researchers, queritrin is one of the most potent anticancer agents ever discovered. Consuming it in foods, such as cherries, is like unleashing inside your body an entire army of James Bond-type agents who are adept: at neutralizing cancer-causing agents.”
      * “[Chemists have identified a group of naturally occurring chemicals abundant in cherries that could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. In. early laboratory studies using animal pancreatic cells, the chemicals, called anthocyanins, increased insulin production by 50 percent.…”
      * “[Anthocyanins] show promise for both the prevention of type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes, the most common type, and for helping control glucose levels in those who already have diabetes.” [citing a Michigan State University researcher]
      * “According to Raymond Hohl, M.D. at the University of Iowa, tart cherries contain perillyl alcohol (POH), a natural compound that is extremely powerful in reducing the incidence of all types of cancer. Perillyl alcohol ‘shuts down the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of the proteins they need to grow,’ explains Dr. Hohl. ‘It works on every kind of cancer ,we’ve tested it against.’ Perillyl alcohol (POH) has performed favorably in the treatment of advanced carcinomas of the breast, prostate and ovary. POH also has exhibited chemopreventive activity in pre-clinical breast cancer tests. Perillyl alcohol has been shown to induce the regression of 81 percent of small breast cancers and up to 75 percent of advanced breast cancers in animal studies. Perillyl alcohol was up to five times more potent than the other known cancer-reducing compounds at inducing tumor regression.”
      * “Researchers at Michigan State University were among the first to identify the presence of three powerful anthocyanins in tart cherries with the potential to inhibit the growth of colon cancer tumors.”
      * “Tart cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids which … prevent inflammation in the body. These compounds have similar activity as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen.”
      * “Further investigations revealed that daily consumption of tart cherries has the potential to reduce the pain associated with inflammation, arthritis and gout. Many middle-aged and elderly consumers are choosing to drink cherry juice rather than take over-the-counter medications to stave off the pain of arthritis and gout.”

      Wild Blueberry Juice Concentrate

      “Though small, in size the Wild Ones [wild blueberries] are packed with antioxidants that may help your body fight … cancer.””Recently published USDA research (2004) confirms that a serving of Wild Blueberries delivers more antioxidant power than 20 different fruits and berries — including cultivated blueberries. … Antioxidants are important because of their.potential to protect against oxidative cell damage that can lead to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.”

      Your website also includes claims in the form of testimonials. Some examples are as follows:

      * “My husband has been having a lot of gout pain in his feet and knees. I heard cherries were suppose [sic] to be good for arthritis and gout pain, so I ordered a couple of bottles of your tart cherry capsules. Since taking your cherry capsules for two months he has had no severe problem with his gout.”
      * “I have been taking your cherry juice for the past several months for the arthritis in my back and legs. I went on vacation and rode a bike for the first time in several years.”

      This list of claims is not intended to be all-inclusive, but represents the types of claims found in your product labeling.

      These claims cause your products to be drugs, as defined in section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Act [21 USC 321(g)(1)(B)]. Because these products are not generally recognized as safe and effective when used as labeled, they are also new drugs as defined in section 201(p) of the Act [21 USC 321(p)]. Under section 505 of the Act [21 USC 355], a new drug may not be legally marketed in the United States without an approved New Drug Application (NDA). FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective.

      The above violations are not meant to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies in your products and their labeling. It is your responsibility to ensure that products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations.

      Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in enforcement action without further notice. Enforcement action may include seizure of violative products, injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of violative products, and criminal sanctions against persons responsible for causing violations of the Act.

      Please advise this office in writing, within 15 working days of receipt of this letter, as to the specific steps you have taken or will be taking to correct these violations, including the steps taken to assure that similar violations do not recur. Your reply should be directed to Judith A. Putz, Compliance Officer, at above address.

      Sincerely,
      /s/
      Joann M. Givens
      District Director

  • trev

    Well, they’re still well in business -and, though no ready reference to Gout, they do sell an arthiritis comforter called Hug so it doesn’t look like they have been knocked off the wall yet!
    The move against dietary and supplemental cures is worrying. Big Pharma are ever greedier for profit.
    [Or -is there another agenda running?]

  • H MORRIS

    I HAVE BEEN DRINKING CHERRYADE AND EATING CHERRIES FOR 18 MONTHS
    AND TOUCHWOOD MY GOUT OF 8 YEARS SEEMS TO HAVE GONE

  • Ben

    I was hit by a swollen toes three days ago. Couldn’t put weight on my foot. By Friday (after two days) I went to the doctors and he said that he thought it was gout. By later that day I couldn’t even slip on a flip-flop.
    This morning I send my wife out to the loca lstore. I’ve had a couple of bowls of cherries and it is certainly working for me.
    I’m not sure what brought it on but I’ll make sure that I try to make sure that it doesn’t come back by having a daily glass of cherrie or blackberry juice ………………… oh and a few less beers 🙂

  • Andrew

    I had my first attack just after my 50th. This is self diagnosed as like many doctors I don’t go near colleagues or have drugs or even plasters in the house. A urate level isn’t diagnostic and who wants a needle in their foot during an acute attack. My chiropractor recommended cherries. They work preventatively and for me as an almost instant cure. I eat fresh cherries, drink juice and use concentrate. The best cure was on an open university astronomy course. I had to stand on tiptoe in the dark on a ladder in an observatory. It was this march in Majorca and gout was unwelcome. I told the organizer, joking about the value of cherries. She produced a jar of german preserved cherries. I ate them all and drank the liquid. Cure in 12 hours. Hope it works for you. Andrew

  • trev

    Ha! Best cure- Astronomy and Cherries…Does it matter which way round they’re taken? 😉
    Nice to hear a Dr. admit they’re human, like the rest of us 🙂
    I happen to like cherries, but never see the Montmorency ones [in the UK] that are lauded for gout.
    Also , drinking loads of sugary juice/water when trying to keep weight down seems a bit anti intuitive esp. if on the edge of pre-diabetes..
    Maybe, if I got the ‘right stuff’ during an attack, I would woof the lot too!

  • trev

    From some experiences here . it seems that cherries definitely can help – but not usually in an instant. One case here was already in progress when they were tried and gout can subside more quickly than other times.
    I’ve managed to find some decent cherries and blueberries in a local big s/market and will use them every day for as long as I can get them. I can’t seem to find anything other than tinned cherries for pies (same shop) for nearly £2 ($4) and only 30% cherries. Er, No Ta!
    If I’m to pay ‘nearly fresh prices’- I need to identify a reliable local quality supplier -or try online with the added costs.
    The problem with all these anecdotal stories is that, once someone has’ got a result’ they switch off, (naturally enough) and disappear from the topic.
    Without big profits, no one is going to research the true usefulness of all of these reported helpful foods/ products. [See Soda BiCarb- always warned against usage with High BP running]
    Ultra Hit and Miss – when some surety is needed abdly.

  • brant

    I have been in agony for 3 days. So, after reading on here about cherries at 11pm I hobbled into the grocery store and headed to the Organic aisle, where I found JUST BLACK CHERRY” Juice, by Knudsen for $3.55 for 32 oz jar. I also found dried cherries in the scoop it yourself aisle…
    Will be back to let you know how it works!

  • Larry Demme

    I am a new believer in cherries as a tretment for gout. Here is why:

    Male 50 years old. Suffering from gout attacks two to four times a year for the past four years. Curiously I had my first attack when I was in my best health. I had dropped about 25 lbs and was excercising and running regularly. I was eating very healthy and was in great shape. The best shape of my life in fact. Then boom… I started to feel pain in my big toe. I thought it was due to all of the running and excercising. I suffered through it for a week or so and then it subsided.

    Several months later same thing. I thought perhaps I had broken my toe or something. This time went to the doctor and was diagnosed with gout. Doctor gave me ionformation on diet and foods to avoid etc. and sent me on my way. Thing is… I was not eating the foods that they described as those to avoid. I was eating very healthy.

    Got another attack in the same area a few months later. A friend who is a doctor phoned me in a prescription for indomethicine. Took it but it didn’t seem to help much. Suffered through the pain for a week or two again.

    This past december I got a sudden attack in my knee that sent me to the emergency room in the middle of the night. Never had an attack in my knee before. The pain was unbearable. ER Doc shot me up with with something and shoved some pills down my throat. He told me I would be a new man in just a few minutes. He knew that I was in excrutiating pain. I have to tell you now that I have a very high tolerance for pain and I am not a wimp. This pain was unbearable. I think either the injection or the pills were morphine or methodone.

    MORPHINE! or possibly METHODONE!

    Whatever, it worked. I felt better immediately. I was totally out of it and my girlfriend had to drive me home, but I was feeling no pain! (got very sick the next day, but better than the gout pain for sure)

    My regular doctor then put me on allopurinol. A good cheap drug that is supposed to assist in keeping uric acid levels low. My uncle swears by it. He suffered from gout for years until he was put on this drug. He hsan’t had an attack in five years.

    Anyway I ran out of the first prescription and did not get it refillied. I had plenty of indomethicine, prednisone and oxycodone left over from a few previous attacks.

    Last week got an attack in my foot at the base of the big toe.(usually the attack would be on the last joint of the big toe, closest to the tip, this time it was at the base) The pain felt like it was coming from everywhere on my foot. At times I could not tell if it was a broken bone on top of my foot, on the bottom or wherever. Eventually the pain became very obviously emanating from the joint. I knew it was another gout attack. It had been eight months since the last one.

    I started taking the prednisone. No effect. Pain kept getting worse each day. I needed the oxycodone to help me sleep. That didn’t seem to work either. Up all night. Finally I started taking the indomethicine, which I had been avoiding because it causes me stomach irritation in the worst way. I was taking two prednisones and two indomethisines twice a day, and an oxycodone before bed. Still no pain relief and no sleep either! I also had been drinking cherry juice the whole time.

    Yesterday I dragged myslef to the store and bought two pounds of fresh cherries. Went home and took my meds as usual, but I also ate about twenty cherries at around 8pm. Went to bed with extreme pain. Wrapped my foot in a heating pad and layed there in agony until 11pm. Took the heating pad off, took another oxycodone and finally went to sleep.

    AMAZINGLY I WOKE UP WITH ALMOST NO PAIN!

    I know that these attacks usually run their course in about a week or so, and this attack may have been about to end, but the overnight pain relief was absolutely amazing to me!

    The only thing that I did differently was eat fresh cherries last night.

    There is so much confusion about what foods to eat and what to avoid. Some of the info even contradicts each other. Who the hell knows what to believe?

    All I know is that when in the midst of an attack you will do anything to relieve the pain.

    I believe that the cherries are what did it for me this time. I will see the doctor and get on the allopurinol again, and this time stay on it. But, I will also include fresh cherries in my diet every single day if possible.

    I hope this is the last attack that I have.

  • Larry Demme

    Sorry, one more thing. The cherry juice that I was drinking was the stuff that you can buy at a regular supermarket like Publix. That stuff does not work. I know that you can buy the real cherry juice from a Whole Foods store or something like that. Don’t waste your time with cherry juice unless it is the real unprocessed kind that you get at Whole Foods.

    Better yet just get frsh cherries.

  • trev

    That’s a good story told Larry.
    Because there’s no research and we don’t want Pharma owning cherry orchards do we? – there’s a lot to nail down on this.
    You have ably illustrated a telling tale of how agonizing pain can be mastered with a God given fruit.
    On here is a tale of a company being hounded by Masterful (Dis)State for just helping people.
    I have tried raw cherries,(v.nice) blue berries, bottled cherries (Lidl-V. cheap UK) and cherry jam to go with my cherry fruit corners. I have been whacking the wine and beer at a festival [hence my absense GP !]and had no twinges- and that being back on the cursed Thiazides- for BP ( I’ll regret saying all this !).
    All I can add right now is nature has an answer that is cheaper,easier and more enjoyable than all the meds in the world.
    All that is needed is a standard to work to- as we are all different- and some will need meds in the end- if that is what it takes.
    Good to read of your success, anyway.

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