Health Tips: Eating Cherries Lowers Risk of Gout Attacks

A new study found that patients with gout who consumed cherries over a two-day period showed a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks compared to those who did not eat the fruit. Findings from this case-crossover study were published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR ). Risk of gout flares was 75 percent lower when cherry intake was combined with the uric-acid reducing drug allopurinol than in periods without exposure to cherries or treatment.

Though there are many treatment options available, gout patients continue to be burdened by recurrent attacks, prompting patients and investigators to seek other preventive options such as cherries. Prior studies suggest that cherry products have urate-lowering effects and anti-inflammatory properties, and thus may have the potential to reduce gout pain.