Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness in the affected joint, often in the big toe. Gout can be treated with medication to reduce inflammation and lower uric acid levels, but some people may also turn to herbal supplements as a natural remedy.
Tart cherry is a natural remedy that some people believe may be helpful in managing symptoms of gout. The active ingredients in tart cherry, specifically anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have found that consuming tart cherry juice or supplements may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with gout.
A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods in 2019, found that tart cherry concentrate supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in gout flare frequency and pain intensity, as well as the number of days with gout flare pain, and the number of days with gout flare-related disability.
Some studies have shown positive results, but more research is needed. As always, it is important to consult with a doctor before taking any herbal supplements as they may interact with other medications and have potential side effects.