A new study has found that eating cherries may just keep the gout away.
Patients with the painful form of arthritis who consumed cherries over a two-day period lowered their risk of attacks by 35 percent, according to the study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. The study was conducted at Boston University and included 633 gout patients.
Approximately 3.4 million adults in the U.S. have gout, according to the study. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis triggered by crystallization of uric acid within the joints. When the body breaks down substances called purines, it creates the chemical uric acid.
Purines can be found in certain foods and drinks, such as liver, anchovies, mackerel, meat gravies and beer. Although gout can occur in any joint, the most common symptom is a sore big toe that can become so red and swollen that a person has trouble walking.