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Does cherry juice reduce the symptoms of gout?

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Cherry juice can reduce the symptoms of gout. Scientists at Michigan State University found that ingesting cherries restrains enzymes that are also targets of anti-inflammatory drugs, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

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Does cherry juice reduce the symptoms of gout?
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Gout is a painful swelling condition that impacts the joints. This condition generally impacts toes, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, heels and fingers, according to Dr. Weil. Symptoms include swelling, tenderness, discoloration and a warm sensation on the affected area. Behavior and lifestyle modification can treat gout. Dr. Weil reports that ingesting cherry juice, water and the supplement bromelain can aid in treatment and prevention of gout. Weight loss and avoiding some meats, caffeine and purine-rich foods can also aid in gout prevention.

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