For many years, gout sufferers have claimed that cherries have helped protect them against gout flares. Now there is growing scientific evidence to suggest they may have been right, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
A study of 633 gout patients by the Boston University School of Medicine discovered that by eating a minimum of 10 cherries per day, participants were protected from further gout attacks, reports Healthline. Another study reported by The Arthritis Foundation reveals that researchers at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, found that consumption of liquid cherry extract, in the amount of 1 tablespoon twice a day for four months, produced similar results,
The studies have been small so far, and more research is required, but Healthline suggests that it may be worth incorporating more cherries, in all their forms, into the diet and monitoring gout flares to see if it makes a difference.