A study done at the University of California Davis showed the effectiveness of using black cherry juice for gout.
This study demonstrated that consuming a serving of black cherries a day lowered uric acid levels by as much as 15%. Since uric acid is the major culprit that causes gout, this research is very promising. 
Using black cherry juice for gout makes sense because of the way uric acid crystals affect the body. Uric acid accumulates in response to many factors, the most common being from eating too many rich foods.
You eat these foods for a while, your pH gets more acidic, and uric acid forms. Uric acid crystallizes into microscopic needles.
These needles then stick into the cartilage in peripheral extremities, like your big toe. That's the painful part. By drinking black cherry juice, you raise your pH, the uric acid crystals dissolve, and you feel better.
This uric acid lowering property of black cherry juice is due to the antioxidants called anthocyanins.
These antioxidants reduce pain, reduce the likelihood of stroke, and lower the risk of heart attack. Anthocyanins, like all antioxidants, also protect healthy cells from premature death, thereby promoting longevity.
Black Cherry Juice and Gout : Why black cherries in particular?
One question I get frequently is about the difference in cherries. Sweet cherries, usually called bing cherries, are lower in anthocyanins. Sweet cherries are a lighter red color.
Tart cherries are darker which accounts for why people refer to them as black cherries. Two different varieties of tart cherries are the Montmorency and the Balaton.
In my work as a nutritionist, I have seen the best results with Montmorency black cherry juice. Most people drink 1 ounce of concentrated black cherry juice 3-4 times a day while symptoms are present.
After symptoms abate, 1 ounce a day is enough for maintenance. Another alternative people use for gout is black cherry extract, also called tart cherry extract which is an especially concentrated version. Individual results vary, of course, but when the remedy is pleasant, taking a little more is easy.
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine backed up the findings. 14 male athletes consumed black cherry juice twice a day for 8 days. Loss of strength was signifigantly lower and pain was signifigantly lower in the group drinking black cherry juice.
Black cherry juice follows the same metabolic pathway as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDS). Same pain relieving benefit without adverse side effects. I would rather drink a glass of delicious black cherry juice myself.
Black Cherry Juice and Gout Relief : Make some extra lifestyle changes. If you decide to use black cherry juice for gout relief, I would suggest some changes in diet as well. You'll see more long term results. Here are some quick ideas. Eat foods that raise pH to keep your body alkaline. These foods include leafy greens, fresh fruits, and pure water. Foods that contribute to gout include red meat, organ meat, dairy products, alcohol, coffee, and refined sugar.
Another remedy that is particularly effective at reducing acidosis (raising pH) is to drink a glass of lemon juice every day. Lemon juice is acidic after being juiced but has an alkalizing effect after being digested. Juice a fresh, organic lemon by hand or with a juicer. Add 8-12 ounces of water and a teaspoon of raw honey, if desired. Excellent results. Combine this with cherry juice, try it out for a month and see for yourself...
In conclusion, drink your black cherry juice. You'll see pain relief and a reduction in recurrence. In the process, you'll be promoting heart health and improving cellular health. All that and great taste, as well. Enjoy.
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Connolly D et al. "The efficacy of tart cherry juice in preventing symptoms of muscle damage." British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2006 Jun 21.