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Cowgirl Swears by Black Cherry Juice for Gout

Drinking black cherry juice or eating tart Montmorency cherries can lower uric acid levels and reduce the risk of a gout attack.
Cowgirl Swears by Black Cherry Juice for Gout
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Gout causes excruciating pain, and people who suffer are desperate for relief. Many have found that black cherry juice is a wonderful remedy for this condition.

Q. I am 53 and an aging old cowgirl. I’ve been beat up, banged up and thrown off livestock since I was 8 years old. Now all that has come home to roost.

I got my first signs of gout last year and went through hell with the doctors.

I decided to give cherry juice a try and sent someone into town to fetch me back a bottle of black cherry juice. It was twenty bucks for a quart jug. I took two tablespoons of it by mouth and also soaked my feet in an activated charcoal solution.

I felt like I was 35 again by the time I got up. I was able to ride and rope again without pain in my feet. This really works for me.

Black Cherry Juice Reduces Gout Attacks

A. Although the lore about black cherry juice for gout was once thought to be an old wives’ tale, studies now show that tart or black cherry consumption reduces gout attacks (Arthritis and Rheumatism, Dec., 2012).  This is presumably because consuming cherries or cherry juice lowers the level of uric acid circulating in the body (Journal of Nutrition, Jun., 2003).

Activated Charcoal Foot Soak

Your activated charcoal foot soak is a new one on us. We are glad it helped you get back in the saddle!

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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