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Cherries - A Natural Treatment for Gout

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Cherries for Gout

Cherries are a simple and inexpensive natural treatment for gout. There are many different ways that cherries can be taken for gout. Usually, relief from pain comes quickly when this treatment is used.

What Kind of Cherries Can I Use for Gout?

The good news is that a variety of forms of cherries are useful to those who suffer from gout.

Cherry Juice

Cherry juice, found at the grocery store or health food store, can be taken twice daily for a gout flare-up. You may discover cherry juice, black cherry juice, or cherry juice concentrate. All of these are appropriate. Do check the label to make sure the juice is all cherry juice and not another juice with some cherry juice for flavor. Also, avoid any juice that has added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Start with 1/4 cup twice a day and increase the amount only if needed.

Fresh Cherries

Often medication for health problems is not pleasant. But when you "let your medicine be your food and your food be your medicine," the cure can be quite delightful. If you can find fresh cherries at your grocery store, try 1/4 cup of cherries several times a day. If you are prone to gout, making cherries a part of your diet may reduce your flare-ups' frequency.

Canned Cherries

Many grocery stores will have canned cherries packed in water. These cherries also work for gout. Try to consume the can of cherries over the day.

Cherry pie filling is an option for gout treatment, but should only be used if no other reasonable cure is close at hand. Cherry pie filling contains a lot of sugar, which can aggravate gout. It often also contains food dye.

Cherry Powder

Online and in health food stores, you can find cherry powder in capsules. Cherry powder also works for gout. Cherry powder capsules can also be taken regularly to prevent gout flare-ups.

Side Effects of Cherries for Gout

If your body is not used to eating a lot of fruit and you suddenly eat an entire can of cherries, your gut may be quite surprised. There is a possibility of bloating, gas, loose stools, and stomach cramps with a sudden change in the amount of fruit that you consume.

Keep reading to see how successful cherries have been for our readers and let us know if this home remedy worked for you.

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Posted by M Walker (United States) on 09/29/2019
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My mother, husband and next door neighbor have all had very good results when taking black cherry 100% juice concentrate for gout. I usually purchase the Vitamin Shoppe brand but it is available at other stores. I've always used the serving size on the bottle. For the VS brand the serving is 2 tablespoons. I put it in a glass of water and add a pack of Stevia or some other sweetener (though that is a personal preference). I usually give it 2 times a day, morning and evening.

Each of the people, that I know, who took black cherry juice, saw significant relief in 24 hours. I don't think cherry juice would present a problem for most people but, as with anything, people have different constitutions, allergies, health considerations, etc. and each person needs to take those things into consideration. Best of luck to all.

Posted by Zito (Home) on 04/23/2019
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For gout, I drink organic dark cherry juice. It works for me. One glass, 20 ounces, a day. Of course, I have changed my diet, little or no Shellfish, and a lot of chicken and fish, tuna and salmon. Thanks for your recommendations for the home remedies.

Posted by Rmtrain (Fenton, Mo) on 05/04/2017
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Cherries, the darker the better, fresh, frozen and dried all work and work well for Gout. They are readily accessible all year around in one form or another. About 8 cherries a day will eliminate the uric acid crystals.

Put a pinch of baking soda in a pitcher of water to reduce your uric acid. Your kidneys only excrete small amounts of uric acid a day; if you have a bad case of Gout it can take time to heal completely... but it does work. I have shared this solution with 10 others suffering from Gout and it worked for them also. It does work for arthritis, but if you have had arthritis for years, you may also have joint damage that will remain.

You can also find Cherry concentrate (NOT Cherry juice) and there are now cherry tablets you can take. I love cherries, but took the tablets when I traveled, easy to carry.

It took a year and a half to totally rid myself of Gout, but it worked. I used to have what felt like it starting up again and after taking one helping of cherries the next day no more symptoms. I no longer have any recurrence and it has been 10 years.

At the worst I could not walk more than 10 feet and was under horrible pain and no medial solution beyond future surgery when the pain got too bad. Good grief it was already horrible.

This starts to work in a couple of weeks with you feeling less pain, in a month you know you are getting better, in a couple of months you are definitely on the mind and walking is possible. I had it really bad in both feet and it took a year and a half before I was walking long distances of a mile or more in total comfort and running. I did not modify my diet to eliminate any foods. I eat a balance healthy diet with no junk food.

Any acid outside you body is alkaline in your body. Lemon aid (minimal sugar (sugar is an acid) will lower your uric acid. Avoid most sugar, candy, soda and cakes or icing to speed the process of healing.

I have felt your pain and understand what you are going through. This is a real solution that has helped me and others who have reported back to me. The best of luck and get better soon... you will get better.

Posted by Gordon (Ontario ) on 04/24/2016
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I have been consuming one cherry pill a day for 6 years and found it has been keeping me gout free. Recently I have been having some gout pain but may the result of taking presole for acid reflux. I just start a regiment of Apple Cider Vinegar and water so hope that will reduce any flare ups.

Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 01/15/2015

There's something very simple to do for gout, get some black cherry juice concentrate 2 Tbs once or twice daily. You can drink it straight (as I do) mix with a little water or cranberry juice. It usually works pretty quickly. Some people sometimes have to add safflower or hydrangea or celery seed. I've got one customer who often has to add all three because when his uric acid spikes it's through the roof.

Posted by Sister (Australia) on 12/10/2014
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Cherry juice! Drinking pure cherry for Gout! Work out how much for yourself as each person is an individual. Might work for some. It did for my brother. He drinks it only when he has an attack of gout. 2 small glasses of juice a day.

Posted by Myrrandas7 (Campbellsville, Ky, United States) on 03/05/2013

I've been told that "Black Cherry Juice" you can get from health food stores (and I've seen at Kroger around the vitamens) is very good for artheritis and gout, and has cancer fighting properties. Hope this helps : )

Posted by Gatoencerrado (Riverside, Ca) on 11/04/2012
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Even if you're a vegetarian you can still get gout. Mushrooms, asparagus, and lugumes are high in uric acid. I'm a vegan and my family has a history of gout. I still get gout occasionally, about once every two years, when I eat mushrooms or asparagus and don't drink enough water. When I do get it I drink a lot of cherry juice and it usually goes away within 24 hours. Next time I get it, I'll try ACV.

Posted by Iconoclast01 (Ellettsville, In) on 06/18/2012
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I'm a 53 year old male. It is now nearly a week since my first "bout with gout. " I think I brought it on after throwing back a burger with some home brew. That evening I didn't sleep well as the pain in my right foot made me restless. I limped the next day and by that evening I complained to a friend about the pain and he suggested that I probably have gout…. He was right. I started up with the ACV that evening and into the next day, but really got little relief of the inflammation. The day after, I visited the local Health Food store; they sold me a bottle of Black Cherry Concentrate. Told me to get off the ACV for a week, take 1Tbsp of BCC chased with 8 oz of water 3x day to relieve the inflammation.

Worked for me…24 hrs later pain and inflammation down considerably. Three days later, just a little stiffness.

I figure many factors involved that brought on the gout:

Overweight with BMI at 30.5 - Need to lose weight, too sedentary lifestyle according to caloric intake…eat less/move more.

Dehydrated - need to drink more liquid throughout the day. Water with ACV

Too Acidic - Need to alkalize; eat more raw foods, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.

Posted by Gaylebsteve (West Columbia, Sc) on 02/21/2012
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The remedy for gout is cherry juice. I buy it from a health food store in concentrate and drink it when I have pain. I have shared this info with friends and the ones who tried cherry juice agree that it works. The juice gets rid of the uric acids built up in the body.

Posted by Griz45 (Hemet, Ca) on 11/01/2011
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1 Cup minimum per day dark sweet cherries, frozen are great, Blended, the finer the puree the easier they are absorbed. Mix with a little honey, milk, ice, even protein powder. The mix is your call, but I guarantee good results with minimum 1 cup per day.

Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 06/14/2010
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My Dad and Husband were both over-the-road truck drivers, and both suffered/suffer with gout in their left foot (the one requires for all the shifting of an 18 wheeler). My Dad heard about cherries. Both Dad & Hubby now are retired and still have gout flare ups. Both now reach for a can of canned water packed tart red cherries (not pie filling), available in the canned fruit section of most grocery stores. Within hours both my Dad & Hubby have the same results - the gout flare up completely subsides. I vouch for the cherry cure. Only one time did it ever take 2 cans of cherries for my husband.

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(Philadelphia, Pa)

TART Cherries- not any other.

Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 05/13/2010
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Gout is a strong runner in our family and for years an almost instant sure we all use is cherries. The kind you can buy packed in water in any grocery store. Make sure they are the water packed ones. Also dried cherries work but the canned ones seem to work better and faster. Usually one can is all it takes to cure an attack.

Posted by Jt (Iola, Wis) on 02/03/2010
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Eat a full can of tart cherries in one day. Gout will be gone in two days.

Posted by Julie (Ellwood City, Pa, Usa) on 09/22/2009

Cherries are another very successful home remedy to prevent gout. If you can eat fresh while in season, do so; otherwise, buying a can of cherry pie filling and eating the cherries will work also. It is up to you as to whether or not you want to rinse them off. Cherries are more successful than the RX medication Cholchicine for gout. Eat a can of cherries over a weeks time or so; eating just a few a day is all that is required. Simple and effective way to prevent gout "attacks" and faster at getting rid of gout if currently suffering.

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