Tagged: Cherries for Gout Forum
September 1, 2008 at 5:51 am #2720Al O’PurinolParticipant
My mother has suffered from Gout for a long time. When I was young, we would summer in Michigan and purchase cherries at the orchards. In our cabin, my mother would make cherry juice, which we would take home to drink until the next summer. It worked for her and it works for me. But recently, my gout has become very bad. My toes have become deformed over the years and this year, I was in a wheelchair in the first week of February.
Now I take the awful drug Colchicine (0.6 mg). It has worked and made it possible to wear shoes instead of sandals. I call it an awful drug because it makes me run to the restroom frequently during the day and my stool is basically a yellow liquid. But the pain is gone the next day and the swelling is gone in several weeks. Now, I only take it when I have an attack even though I am supposed to take it every day. I can’t function well while taking this drug.
When my mother was in the last year of her life. We supplied the long term care facility with organic cherry juice for her. It was the only thing that relieved her gout.
September 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm #3932Keith Taylor (GoutPal Admin)Participant
There is a good reason for taking the kind of cherry juice that your mother took. (I'm not talking about the kind you get from the grocery store.) Cherries are high in anthocyanins which helps with inflammation but they are also high in perillyl alcohol. Perillyl alcohol has been shown in a number of studies to be an effective anti-cancer drug. Another good source of perillyl alcohol is celery seed extract which many gout sufferers swear by. Add to this that some gout sufferers have used poultices made of peppermint leaves (another good source of perillyl alcohol). The other two sources of perillyl alcohol are spearmint and lavender. Since inflammation is a major factor in cancer and perillyl alcohol suppresses many of the chemicals (interleukins) associated with it, you have to wonder if it suppresses the same chemicals that trigger gout attacks. With so many people swearing by cherries and celery seed extract, you have to wonder if perillyl alcohol is the phytonutrient responsible. Pure speculation.September 7, 2010 at 11:39 am #3392azasadnyParticipant
New way to get your tart cherry juice!
My wife made me a smoothie last night.
She used 2 bananas, low fat natural yogurt, Stevia and Montmorency tart cherry juice and ice. It was delicious and tasted great! I find the tart cherry juice challenging to drink. So I usually drink it in lemonade with a little Stevia to sweeten it up.
Hope this helps!September 10, 2010 at 10:03 am #9667cherryjuiceParticipant
I have been adding the tart cherry juice concentrate to my smoothies, too. If you like coconunt, add a few sprinkles of coconut flakes and it adds from bulk to the smoothie. You may also want to try the cherry powder if the concentrate is too tart. The powder gives you all of the antioxidants without the sugar or the tartness. I get mine from Traverse Bay Farms in Traverse City. They also have the cherry juice , too. You may want to also try adding some of the cherry juice concentrate to a glass of white wine. It added a great cherry taste.September 10, 2010 at 10:56 am #9670
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