Gout is an incredibly painful attack of burning pain, stiffness and swelling of a joint. It commonly occurs in the feet, specifically the large toe.

What causes it? At the root of gout is too much uric acid in the blood, which causes hard crystals to be formed in the joints. The likelihood of gout increases if you’re overweight, a heavy drinker or eat a lot of meat that is rich in purines.

So what can you do about gout?

For starters, you should definitely have it checked out by a doctor to make sure that what you’re dealing with actually is gout and not some other type of infection.

If it is indeed gout, the doctor will likely prescribe medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). And while NSAIDs are generally effective at treating gout, they carry the risk of stomach pain, bleeding, ulcers and gastrointestinal problems.

Luckily, there’s a natural solution – and it tastes great!

Drinking several glasses of cherry juice a day lowers your blood uric acid level, and by extension, relieves gout. It’s important to make sure your cherry juice is organic. You may even consider growing your own organic cherries and using them to make your own juice. (2)

Before you get too excited, though, please note that these are tart cherries. Don’t run out and get Maraschino cherries or Bing or Rainier. These are all sweet varieties.

Yes, those cherries are delicious, but it’s the tartness that matters!

This man shares his experience with gout and cherry juice below.

Have you ever experienced gout? Did cherry juice work for you?