Cherries are a seasonal fruit that many of us already appreciated for its sweet taste and some of its already known health benefits and properties, not for nothing researchers found cherries to have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any known food , a very important fact that shouldn't pass unnoticed to us, specially taking into account that millions of persons suffer from inflammatory illnesses and are constantly looking for natural ways to manage pain.
Now we will have to add another benefit to cherries, lowering the risk of gout attacks by 35 percent, according to a case-crossover study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) .
The results of the study are quite promising for those suffering from gout. Among 633 gout patients with a mean age of 54 years, 35% ate fresh cherries, 2% cherry extracts and 5% both, fresh cherries and cherry extract, the incidence of gout attacks on those consuming cherries over a two-day period was a 35% lower than those not having consumed any fresh cherries or cherry extracts.
Dr. Allan Gelber from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. and Dr. Daniel Solomon from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University Medical School in Boston, Mass. "would not advise that patients who suffer from gout attacks abandon standard therapies". Image left: Snail by SFKelly under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: Bird cherry, Mazzard cherry, Wild cherry.