How many dried cherries should you eat a day for gout prevention?


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There is no proof that consuming dried cherries can prevent the development of gout. Individuals with gout might find, however, that eating fifteen dried cherries daily may reduce the frequency of attacks.

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Several studies have been conducted with respect to cherries and their benefits for gout sufferers. In one, it was found that eating at least ten cherries a day helped protect people from recurrent attacks of gout. Another study found that taking a tablespoon of tart cherry juice twice daily could also impede gout attacks. Red and purple fruits contain the plant pigments responsible for the desired anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to aid in controlling or possibly preventing gout. Blueberries and raspberries contain these pigments, called "anthocyanins," but cherries, particularly tart ones, may contain more.

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