Q. My husband and I take black cherry juice concentrate for arthritis aches and pains. I buy it at the local health food store. We take a teaspoon a day, like cough syrup.
My finger joints are no longer swollen and painful. On those rare days where I still have some discomfort, I just take another dose.

A. Tart cherries, sour cherries and black cherries have all been used to combat inflammation associated with arthritis or gout. Animal studies have shown that the red compounds in cherries (anthocyanins) have anti-inflammatory activity (Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, Sept.-Oct. 2006). Human research from the 1950s suggests that cherries may help both gout and arthritis.

Cherry juice concentrate is more affordable than fresh cherries or juice. It can be added to seltzer water or made into a tea. There are also concentrated cherry capsules or cherry supplement bars.

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  1. Usha

    Can any one tell me, from where i can buy the black cherry juice in CHENNAI?

  2. carole

    what kind of cherry juice or supplemental did you use and affordable? my knees and fingers are swollen from ra

  3. Mary M Johnson

    What effects does Tart Cherry juice concentrate have on Warfarin? Also, How much is a person supposed to take daily?

  4. adrian

    After suffering 6 years of gout, lost my business, got custody of both my children from 2 separate relationships, I’m a 37 year old guy with chronic pain from gout, I’m trying black cherry concentrate today 6 teaspoons per day,C AN I ASK IF I CAN HAVE CELERY SEED AS WELL,THE NUTRITION SAID ONE OR THE OTHER, THANKS

  5. B P

    My 54 yr old husband has severe pain and swelling after a long day at work, This am I gave him a 4 oz glass of tart cherry juice with his breakfast. When he got home from work, he was in a great mood and told me he felt great and nothing hurt. When I told him it was the cherry juice he was amazed, now he wants it every day.

  6. Sher

    Can someone tell me how many cherries do you all take for daily dose. If I was to take pills where and how many of these? Thanks to all.

  7. cvdv

    I was tired of aching when I came across an article on Tart Cherry Concentrate. I use 2 TABLESPOONS mixed with XXX before bed.
    I must admit the first 2 mornings I felt SO drugged. But that has not repeated. After 3 weeks, I “thought” was I seeing a wee bit of change. The bottle says to take at least 4-6 weeks. So I persevered. Right around 6 weeks I realized my hands were no longer aching! Well it’s been close to 4/months and my spine feels 100% better. I don’t wake up feeling like I needed to jump in our spa to warm up all my joints. Nor am I groaning when I try to pull myself out of my lounger!
    I told my husband that all my joints feel SO much better. I don’t feel “old” any more. 2 Thumbs up; 5 stars (make them gold), because I’m completely sold.

  8. John B.

    Last Year after I had TIA in January the Neurosurgeon at the local hospital put me on a course of drugs including INVASTATIN, everything appeared to go well for a couple of months apart from a few muscle pains, then one day I had great difficulty in getting out of bed this progressed until within a couple of weeks! I could do nothing for myself including bathing, dressing etc.
    We called in my practice Doctor who identified the ailment as muscular myopathy probably one of the side effects of the statins I was on (affects about 7% of people) So I stopped the drug and I gradually over a few months got 50-90% use back of all my limbs. However as I was getting over this problem I developed severe arthritis in my hands, knees, ankles and shoulders. At my local hospital I was told due to a renal problem I had they did not want to put me on the normal drugs. So I had a short course of steroid injections which would last me a couple of months and then they would have to reconsider my probs.
    I checked on line and thought cherry concentrate might help so since then I have been on this supplement and after 7 months my hands etc are still normal with no pains in the night, cold weather, after trying to open cans etc so I’ll carry on using it till I run out of cash!!

  9. Mary

    Do tart cherry capsules interfere with Simvastatin?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Not so far as we know.

  10. Karin

    I have a 13 yr old dog with arthritis and he has been on Dasuquin which definitely helped, but I’m ready to step it up now and give him cherries/juice too. I read that it’s not the actual cherries that are toxic to dogs, but it is the pits, stems, and leaves of the cherry plant that holds the toxin chemicals…

  11. Kim

    Well it’s been 2 days on tart cherry pills and black cherry concentrate. also added boswellia last night. Hopeful this will help with inflammation. DETERMINED to find a mix of things that will defeat this. Will keep in touch. Plan on adding ginger and turmeric.

  12. Kim

    I have ra and will be going to the health food store tomorrow. I am in pretty bad shape now so I will keep you updated. Lord please let this bring some relief.

  13. carolyn

    Hi. I am 45 years of age and I have been in pain in my knees and ankle mostly for about 3years. I have been diagnosed with arthritis in my knees but my doctors cant seem to figure out why I have the ankle pain. I believe it is gout because it runs in my family but because I don’t have swelling (I guess) they feel looking further in it is not necessary yet. Night time is the worse time for my pain.
    I was at the grocery store last week and saw these yummy cherry’s and just wanted some. I ate the whole carton and went about my day. The next morning when I woke up I braced myself as always to get out of bed and to my surprise I had no pain. I thought about what I had ate and I said nothing was that different other than the cherry’s.
    Went to sleep and woke up again and a little pain but not near as norm. Third night went to sleep and started feeling more pain. I thought about the cherry’s and said I’m going to try them again and the next day I did. Within about 5 hours pain gone again. Cherry’s are expensive so I said to myself I’m going to try cherry juice and I did, so far very little to no pain.
    As far as I’m concerned God himself said enough suffering for her and put this before me because I had tried everything almost. I thought I had done enough research but not until now. Im just thankful for the relief and pray it continues. I will do cherry juice for a life time if it continues to make me feel this wonderful. I pray that everyone out their who suffers from pain get the relief they need…. try the cherry juice or just cherry’s. I believe some benefit will come. I will try the tart capsules people have talked about. God Bless All of you.

  14. Andrea R

    I have been using the tart cherry capsules for about 6 months now. I stopped because I fell behind in ordering them and wow… I suffered! Every part of me ached. Got the order and got back on them Instant relief. I did the same thing three weeks ago… oh brother, when will I learn?
    My ankle which was broken two years ago was throbbing… my wrists went limp and painful like carpal tunnel syndrome… and I’m a hairdresser so do I need to talk pain? My neck… knees. I had no idea this was so widespread! Back on the cherry capsules last night…. guess what? I am pain free. This was tested and proved to me that this really works…. like someone up there wrote… it’s almost a religious experience!
    To the doubters… just feel the pain you are in at this moment and feel it lessen almost right away. Amazing little miracle. I will never be without them again…. ever! I get mine online. I prefer the capsules. I take two a day. Good luck!

  15. Dan W

    What has more anthocyanins, tart cherries or black cherries?

  16. qc

    You had a detailed description for the start. Can you update on your current status? I hope it’s proved to be effective but, since everyone here says it’s working, I wonder if we’re hearing the complete story.
    Best wishes.

  17. ED

    I have arthritis in my knees and it was getting debilitating. Due to a kidney disease, I can’t take any of the arthritis drugs or even NSAIDs like ibuprofen for the pain. I started drinking tart cherry juice and it has definitely cut my pain in half. I’m also doing physical therapy and the exercises help a lot.
    I tried black cherry juice, but it doesn’t taste as good, and doesn’t actually work as well for me. I’m just doing 1/2 cup of R.W. Knudsen’s Just Tart Cherry Juice a day. Maybe I’ll up it to see if it will lower the pain even more! I haven’t found a tart cherry juice concentrate locally yet, and like I said black cherry juice didn’t work as well for me. Good luck!

  18. Patricia

    I have the bad back and arthritis in knees soo bad that I have a hard time walking, I’m gonna try this out.

  19. HR

    I developed mild pain from arthritis and over-the-counter pain medication did not help so I tried it AND IT WORKED. Pain reduced in 5-6 hours and after a few days is practically gone.

  20. Patty S.

    What is COX-2? Very few answers here. I take Mobic also. Is the black cherry concentrate and the Mobic going to interact with each other? Just a bit over a week now and no relief so far. I am of course going to give it time, but I wish it would hurry.

  21. marilyn

    Does tart cherry juice interact with coumadin?
    People’s Pharmacy response: We cannot find any research indicating that it will. Proceed only with caution, however: if you have been on Coumadin for a while, you know that it can interact with many foods and that the interactions can be serious.

  22. 217

    twice a day works good;) before bed and first thing in the morning. you can take it in the afternoon if your pain flares up again. of course, if you’re on meds or are a diabetic, you’ll want to consult your doc first:)

  23. Barb Ann F.

    I sure do want to put BLACK CHERRY CONCENTRATE ON A PEDESTAL. My husband could not get rid of his GOUT for years, and we were told at a health food store, that they could sell us a lot of things saying that they would work, but they were the ones that said just takes BLACK CHERRY CONCENTRATE, and you will see the difference in a couple of days.
    Sure enough, it worked. It really worked. My husband has taken BLACK CHERRY CONCENTRATE faithfully since 2007, and is Gout free to this day. He was told to mix a quarter cup a day with any juice, or take it straight. He was so desperate he started with that dose and was to scared to change to a smaller dose, so he still takes the same amount.

  24. Mike in Tampa

    I drink 8 ozs. of Black Cherry Juice that I get at our local Publix Grocery Store. Runs around $4.20 for 32 oz. bottle. The reason I buy that particular brand is the high level of Potassium in each 8 ounce serving: 550mg.
    I have a glass every other day which comes to $1.05 per glass. Not bad! The potassium and the antioxidents are what help decrease the swelling of gout and the inflammation of the Arthritis.
    From my research I have not seen anything indicating any black cherry juice contrindication . . . uh, other than the occasionally brief and unwelcome bout with Aztec Two-Step. If that happens, adjust the amount you drink.
    ~Mike in Tampa

  25. pk

    I have had Fibromyalgia for 14 years now…with the last few years really getting bad..I am at a new pain level as it is now affecting my hands so badly that i have a real hard time opening anything, buttoning my clothes etc. I am so excited to hear about this cherry concentrate that I am running to the store right now…I just pray it works for me too!

  26. Anonymous

    does cherries or juice interfere with any meds? blood thinners etc.Thanks for any and all information.

    • Philomena
      Hamden ct

      Hi I just bought concentrate black cherry 500mg how much can I take I get gout sometime

  27. Nina S

    I tried black cherry concentrate for 3 months and I did not realize how good it was for my arthritis pain until I went off of it and I hurt all over so needless to say I went back on it and it does work.
    Nina S

  28. TD

    I have had R TKA and will get L done in march. I heard about reumofan from a friend, but since it is made in Mexico, I am very hesitant to consume it. When trying to research ingredients I came across this site. Tart cherry juice and/or eating dried tart cherries was in the magazine Arthritis Today.
    I will see what happens and post after I purchase. Wondering which brand folks here are taking. Would be nice if ya’all posted the information! Helps us looking for info.

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