Helps cherry juice reduce gout

Sour cherry to lower uric acid?


Do Montmorency Tart Cherries, Powdered or Extract, Really Help Lower Uric Acid?


Sour cherries are said to have a wide range of effects, including lowering uric acid and reducing gout attacks.

However, the current study situation on this topic is not clear. Once there are only a few studies. These were carried out inconsistently - some with sour cherries, others with cherry extract and / or with fresh or concentrated cherry juice. Sometimes drugs such as allupurinol were also taken. The studies were often only carried out with a small number of test subjects, sometimes even with healthy young volunteers who had no gout. In some of the test persons, the consumption of the cherries, the juice or the extract led to a reduction in uric acid levels or a reduction in gout attacks, but not in many others. It is therefore unclear in what form (fresh cherry? Juice? Extract? Etc.), what type of extract, in what dosage and over what period of time consumption would be recommended.

So far, there is also no medical organization that recommends cherry (juice) powder or extract, for example in its guidelines, as a possible non-drug therapy for the prevention or treatment of gout.

The British National Health Service emphasizes that no evidence could be found for the very euphoric statements made in the media or in advertising about the effect of cherry (juice) extract and that further scientifically reliable clinical studies are necessary.

Montmorency sour cherries powder or extract is sold as a dietary supplement. As the name suggests, dietary supplements are intended to supplement food, but they must not be advertised to cure or alleviate diseases, i.e. also not to lower elevated uric acid levels.

For sale as a medicinal product, a scientifically proven benefit, a safety check and approval would be necessary, side effects and interactions would have to be mentioned.

“Herbal” does not mean that the products cannot have any side effects. The security of long-term use of high-dose extracts is particularly unclear.

We recommend that you ask your doctor which non-drug therapy forms he suggests to lower uric acid levels or to prevent gout attacks.

In contrast to the consumption of extracts, we see the consumption of cherries or cherry juice as a harmless way to support gout therapy (as part of a nutritional therapy). Here, too, we recommend consulting your doctor.

Please note that the answer to this consumer inquiry reflects the state of affairs at the time of its publication.