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Is there a relationship between cherries and gout?

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Medical research has demonstrated that there may be a relationship between eating cherries and the alleviation of the symptoms of gout. According to WebMD, eating approximately 20 cherries a day may aid in significantly reducing attacks of gout.

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Is there a relationship between cherries and gout?
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Medscape describes gout as a form of arthritis that causes sudden inflammation, swelling and pain in joints. It is caused by too much uric acid in the body. Gout can appear in multiple locations in the body, but attacks generally occur in the feet and toes. WebMD states that anecdotal evidence suggests that cherries contain antioxidant agents that help reduce inflammation thereby reducing pain. Eating cherries has been shown to reduce the risk of flare-ups by up to 50 percent, while eating cherry extract reduced flare-ups by 40 percent, according to WebMD.

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