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Do Cherry Juice Gout Cures Work?

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.
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Reduce Uric Acid To Help Your Brain

Reduce Uric Acid For Better Brains

Uric Acid and Brain Function Chart
Most gout sufferers try to reduce uric acid to lower the risk of acute gout attacks. New research suggests that there may be another reason – improving brain performance.

Serum Uric Acid and Cognitive Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults looks at 96 men and women with normal uric acid levels. The study excludes people who are taking medications to reduce uric acid. Normal levels include men with up to 7.6 mg/dL and women up to 7.1 mg/dL. Of this group, the top 25% (men with uric acid levels between 5.8 and 7.6 mg/dL and women between 4.8 and 7.1 mg/dL) are classed as having high uric acid levels.

The chart above shows the percentage of people who performed worst in a number of tests. The data is taken from the following table:

Skill Low Uric Acid   High Uric Acid
General verbal 23% 32%
General visuospatial   21% 36%
Processing speed 16% 52%
Working memory 18% 44%
Verbal memory 20% 40%
Visual memory 25% 16%
Verbal fluency 25% 24%

The authors point out that nobody knows how uric acid levels and brain function are linked. It might be that high uric acid levels and reduced brain function have a common cause. The authors recommend further studies to see if medications to reduce uric acid result in corresponding brain function improvement.

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Uric Acid Causes Better Nerve Health

Uric Acid Causes Reduced Nerve Damage

Astroglial cells (Astrocytes)A new study explains how uric acid causes chemical processes in the body that might help damaged nerve cells.

The study explains that scientists have known about the beneficial effects on nerve cells, but have not understood how this works.

When spinal cord injury occurs, there are 2 types of damage. The first is physical trauma. The second is chemical damage as a substance called glutamate builds up in response to the damage. Glutamate is vital to healthy nerve function, but too much can choke other vital nerve cells to death.

Astroglia-mediated effects of uric acid to protect spinal cord neurons from glutamate toxicity looks at the processes involved. Professor Firestein, and others, reveal how uric acid works with other specialized non-neuronal support cells called astroglia (or astrocytes). It is this combination that promote transporters that combat excess glutamate.

Of course, this does not really help the gout sufferer. All we know is that excess uric acid causes gout pain. It does underline the usefulness of uric acid though.

The fact that uric acid is needed by the body to help prevent damage from other chemicals might hold clues as to why we produce excess uric acid in the first place.

Diagnosing Gout Gout

Gout Toe Pain – Can You Hear It?

The Sound Of Gout Toe Pain 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint ultrasound

Diagnosis of gout has never been easy. In most cases it starts with toe pain and a swollen big toe, but in many cases it doesn’t.
Where gout goes undetected, problems can build up – unnoticed and untreated.

Recent research includes ultrasound and a number of studies have looked at the effectiveness of ultrasound in diagnosing gout.A recent study comparing ultrasound to conventional x-ray has shown some remarkable findings. Not least of which is the ability of ultrasound to measure effects of gout even when the patient has had no gout pain.

ARD – Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, the EULAR journal, has just published a study from Dr Stephen A Wright and others online prior to publication. The objectives of the study, High resolution ultrasonography of the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint in gout ,were:

  1. Compare high resolution ultrasound (HRUS) with conventional radiography in the detection of big toe damage (erosions in the 1st MTPJs) of patients with gout.
  2. identify characteristic sonographic features of gout.