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Study suggests one cold beverage that could help minimise the recurrence of gouty arthritis by 35 percent

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Gout is a form of arthritis described by severe pain, redness and tenderness in joints caused by hyperuricemia – when you have too much uric acid in your body. A buildup of uric acid transforms into crystals that can be lodged between the joints.

According to a study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, a cold drink could contribute to minimizing the recurrence of gout attacks.

According to some prior experiments, cherry juice has been shown to lower uric acid levels in the body.

Furthermore, cherry products “contain high levels of anthocyanin”, which possess anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

To study the pain mitigating effects of cherries, the researchers carried out a “case-crossover study”.

This involved analysing the data of 633 gout patients, comparing the frequency of gout attacks of those who did and did not consume cherries.

Overall, cherry intake – over a two-day period – was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks.

This finding persisted regardless of sex, obesity status, alcohol use, and use of anti-gout medication.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested other ways to prevent future gout attacks.

Preventative measures included:

  • Losing weight
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Eat less red meat
  • Eat less organ meat

“Changing or stopping medications associated with hyperuricemia (like diuretics) may also help,” added the CDC.

The management of painful gout flare-ups include the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS) such as:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Steroids
  • Colchicine.

Living with gout will be much less painful if you choose activities that are “easy on the joints”.

It may seem counter intuitive, but exercise – done in a safe way – can help manage arthritis.

Particular activities suited for people with gout include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Biking.

“Experts recommend that adults engage in 150 minutes per week of at least moderate physical activity,” said the CDC.

“Every minute of activity counts, and any activity is better than none,” the CDC added.

Remaining active is also a good way to lose or maintain your weight, which can reduce the pressure felt on the joints.

Keeping excess weight off (or losing excess weight) is particularly useful if you have arthritis in the hips and/or knees.

“Reaching or maintaining a healthy weight can relieve pain, improve function, and slow the progression of arthritis,” the CDC emphasised.

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