In a pilot study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, scientists from the
Oregon Health and
Arthritis & Gout:
Cherries' anthocyanidins have been shown to inhibit the activity of xanthine oxidase, the enzyme involved in the production of uric acid. Clinical studies have shown that consuming fresh cherries is very effective in lowering uric acid levels and preventing attacks of gout.
-The Encyclopedia of Healing Foodsby Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D
Cherries are a well-known remedy for gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. They also help overcome numbness in the limbs and paralysis as a result of rheumatism. Part of their action in rheumatic disorders occurs from their ability to eliminate excess body acids. Cherries are most beneficial for treating disorders accompanied by coldness, such as when the person feels perennially cold. Richly supplied in iron, cherries are often used to improve the blood and treat anemia.
-Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutritionby Paul Pitchford
My mother gets relief from her arthritis pain by drinking concentrated tart cherry juice. My family simply enjoys flavoring carbonated water, almond milk or teas with concentrated cherry juice just because it's yummy! We also drink it to reduce inflammation from occasional illnesses/fevers.