Black Cherry Extract For Gout

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Black Cherry Extract For Gout

There have been numerous suggestions that black cherry extract for gout is very effective. The black cherry, whose scientific name is Prunus serotina, is a type of cherry that also goes by names such as mountain black cherry, rum cherry and the wild black cherry. This type of cherry is quite commonly used in recipes due to its sharp taste. It is used in making sodas, pies, jams and jellies and other desserts, and as a garnish.

Black cherry extract for gout is effective for one major reason. The black cherry is full of powerful antioxidants. Research has shown that antioxidants are very useful in fighting inflammation in the body. Black cherries contain anthocyanins, a category of flavonoids. The anthocyanins are responsible for giving the cherries the deep red color. Deeper colors in fruits and vegetables generally mean higher concentrations of antioxidants.

The specific anthocyanins in black cherries include cyanidin (which is the highest concentration), peonidin and pelargonidin. Anthocyanins have very high antioxidant activity and work by reducing uric acid levels in the body. Uric acid is the culprit in gout. A gout attack happens when there are very high concentrations of uric acid which results from either the body producing too much uric acid or not secreting enough of it. The high concentration of uric acid results in formation of crystals called monosodium urate. These crystals are what cause the pain in the joints. Anthocyanins work by stopping the enzymes that cause inflammation in the body. In gout, the guilty enzyme is called xanthine-oxidase.

Because anthocyanins stop inflammation causing enzymes, they are useful in reducing other types of pain besides gout pain.

Black cherry extract for gout works not only by reducing inflammation when gout is already present, but also by preventing gout from occurring. This is because it decreases uric acid levels such that the urate crystals do not form.

The black cherry extract for gout is simply the concentrated form of the cherry juice. This extract is readily available in health food stores and online. Gout sufferers are recommended to drink 2 tablespoons of the black cherry extract daily. The black cherry extract is also good for non-gout sufferers and it can be added to water and drank as juice.

Even as there are many advocates for black cherry extract for gout, there are a number of nay-sayers and skeptics. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has warned a number of companies about making false or unsubstantiated claims. However, there are very many testimonials from people who claim that the black cherry extract for gout is not a false claim. Perhaps the best way to find the truth of the matter is to try out the extract for yourself. As with other natural supplements it may work for some though not for others. One should just find what works best in their particular case.