Tart Cherry is a fruit. The fruit and stem of the Tart Cherry are used to make medicine and food. Of the more than 270 varieties of sour cherry, only a few are important commercially. These include the Montmorency, Richmond, and English morello.
I know a thing or two about Tart Cherry because I have gout, and Tart Cherries are amazing for the disease and an all natural remedy to prescription drugs listed below.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs include over-the-counter options such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve, others), as well as more-powerful prescription NSAIDs such as indomethacin (Indocin) or celecoxib (Celebrex).Your doctor may prescribe a higher dose to stop an acute attack, followed by a lower daily dose to prevent future attacks.NSAIDs carry risks of stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers.
- Colchicine. Your doctor may recommend colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare), a type of pain reliever that effectively reduces gout pain. The drug’s effectiveness is offset in most cases, however, by intolerable side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.After an acute gout attack resolves, your doctor may prescribe a low daily dose of colchicine to prevent future attacks.
- Corticosteroids. Corticosteroid medications, such as the drug prednisone, may control gout inflammation and pain. Corticosteroids may be administered in pill form, or they can be injected into your joint.Corticosteroids are generally reserved for people who can’t take either NSAIDs or colchicine. Side effects of corticosteroids may include mood changes, increased blood sugar levels and elevated blood pressure.
One popular gout medication that is used by NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith is called GoutSmart
9 Health Benefits Of Tart Cherry
Fights Inflammation and Arthritis Pain:
A 2012 study showed that drinking cherry juice twice a day for 21 days reduced the pain felt by people with osteoarthritis. Blood tests also showed that they suffered from significantly less inflammation.
A 2004 study found that cherry juice supplements can reduce inflammation and pain-related behavior in animals, showing promise as a treatment for swelling in humans.
Cherries pack a powerful antioxidant and anti-viral punch. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant in cherry juice, are made by plants to fight infection. Research shows that these chemicals can have a significant impact on immune system function.
Regulates Metabolism and Fights Fat:
One study showed that anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid responsible for cherries’ red color, act against the development of obesity.Another study in rats found that tart cherries can help reduce inflammation and abdominal fat, and lower the risk of metabolic syndrome.
Helps Post-Workout Recovery:
Cherry juice may help recovery post-exercise. It is naturally high in potassium, which conducts electrical impulses throughout the body. This mineral also helps maintain blood pressure, hydration, muscle recovery, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rate, and pH balance. Cherries contain about 330 mg of potassium per cup, which is almost 10 percent of your RDA.
Helps You Sleep
Cherry juice’s anti-inflammatory properties combined with a dash of sleep-regulating melatonin may help you sleep better, according to a recent study. The results suggest that tart cherry juice has similar effects as insomnia medications like valerian or melatonin on older adults.
Blocks Cancer Growth
In a 2003 study, researchers pitted cherry juice against the NSAID sulindac, which is the most common preventive anti-inflammatory treatment for colon tumors. Although an animal study, it is notable that cherry juice — unlike the NSAID — reduced the growth of cancer cells.
A trial from Oregon Health & Science University studied the effects of tart cherry juice in 54 long-distance runners who drank 2 bottles of either the liquid or a placebo, twice daily, for one week leading up to a race. Neither group finished the run hurt-free, but cherry-juice drinkers reported a significantly smaller increase in pain both during and after the race. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory superpowers, cherry juice also relieved joint pain in 58 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis, according to research published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
Now to the evidence that it helps us gout sufferers, the first study on cherries for gout appeared in medical literature in 1950 (Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine). A study published in 2003 in the Journal of Nutrition found that among 10 healthy women eating two servings of Bing cherries, uric acid fell by 15%. A Journal of Nutrition study from 2006 found that 18 healthy adults who ate 280 grams of Bing cherries each day for a month had a significant reduction in blood levels of substances associated with inflammation and immune cell activity. A Journal Arthritis & Rheumatism study of 633 patients with confirmed gout and followed for 1 year, found that patients with gout who consumed cherries (1/2 cup serving or the equivalent of 10-12 cherries) or cherry based extract for 2 days were less likely of a subsequent gout attack by 35%. Those patients who ate more cherries, up to three servings in two days, had an even lower, 50 percent reduction in risk. Even more, the risk for gout attacks was decreased by nearly 75% when cherry intake was combined with allopurinol use.
Whether you choose to eat them. drink them, supplement them, Tart Cherries are a delicious amazing way to boost your health and help with ailments. I choose to consume my cherries using all 3 methods to be honest. But remember if you choose to eat them don’t eat the seed or suck or nibble on it as it contains cyanide which can kill you. I mostly get mine through a capsulated supplement.
Whole Health Coach & Humanitarian
Decide Abundance INC