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Old 03-25-2008, 08:54 AM   #1
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Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Hi
Here in Australia we can't purchase pie tart cherries, only sweetened black cherries or bottled sweet cherries. In season of course we get fresh cherries.
Cranberry juices and the like are quite expensive.

I wondered if the Tart Cherry Extract 10:1 in capsule form was any help?
I can get these capsules (AmerMed brand) online from the US at reasonable cost.

I've been taking four capsules a day but I don't know if they are doing much.
Of course I do plenty of other things to help with the gout. Eg, I drink plenty of water, get good exercise, and avoid (mostly) purine-rich foods.
I also take 1000mg of Vitamin C.

Thanks for the help.
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Question Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Hi,
Am I the only person taking Amermed Tart Cherry extract for gout?
Surely someone must have tried it or be using it now?

Based on a few weeks use (4 capsules a day) I would say my gout attacks are less severe and less frequent.
I also take 300mg (2 x 150mg) of allopurinol per day.

Thanks guys. And C'mon tell me if you use it.

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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Hi, If you put in Cherry Extract in Search in the left corner you will bring up articles posted.
I don't have gout so I can't help you and I am suprised no one here has posted anything? Good luck to you....

 
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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Hello, I tried the tart cherry extract concentrated juice for a while, it is readily available here in health food stores. I can't say if it really helped, but it didn't hurt my gout, my stomoch didn't agree with it so I stopped drinking it and started buying the frozen cherries and eating them as an evening snack. Gout diets can be very contradicting sometimes, so it's really hard to stick to. One article may tell you that some things are bad, and another will tell you they are not bad. I can tell you personally that I reduced my animal fat and red meat intake drastically, and have not had an attack for nearly a year. We eat alot of fish, chicken, and plenty of fruits and veggies, including my tart Montmorency cherries. One thing on the high purine list that I couldn't give up though is mushrooms, and they have not affected me in the least. If nothing else, those cherries are loaded with antioxidents.
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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

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Hi, If you put in Cherry Extract in Search in the left corner you will bring up articles posted.
I don't have gout so I can't help you and I am suprised no one here has posted anything? Good luck to you....
Thanks Sunshine and Scooter. I have searched past articles as you suggested with only limited success. This whole cherry thing with gout has me stumped. If cherries do work as described I am amazed that the (antioxidant?) effects have not been thoroughly researched and proper refined drugs produced. As we all know there are many who suffer this very painful affliction and to rely on something like "cherry pie filling" as one of the best remedies seems odd. Cherries here in Australia are only a seasonal fresh fruit, and buying the tinned or bottled cherries is expensive. They are also mostly thinned sugar laden juice with about 50% fruit at best.
Anyway the tart cherry extract capsules seem okay, but exactly what's in them is not stated.

Thanks again.

 
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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

The canned tart pie cherries worked for me. Sorry you don't have them over there. Guess cherry pie isn't a staple there?

 
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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Use *ONLY* organic sour cherry juice. This has to be organic and it has to be JUST cherry juice...nothing mixed with it...no cranberry, apple, grape, etc...JUST cherry juice.

 
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Re: Gout - Can Tart Cherry Extract really help me?

Hi, We can't get the pure cherry juice here either, at least in the normal supermarkets. Perhaps it's available at specialist organic stores, but that would be expensive.
I'll have to stick with the tart cherry extract (4x 1g capsules a day). I've tried opening one up and it doesn't taste at all like cherry - but I "think" it works. Anything that helps my gout is very, very, welcome.
I would love the tart cherry filling (especially made from black cherries) - that pie must be great! I loved the pies my Mum made when I was young - rhubarb pie, and one with blackberries and banana - Mmmm.
Another thing we don't get here is blueberries. They are just starting to be grown a bit here now.
Anyway enough from me - thanks for all the help.

 
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