2015 Funding Round - Feasibility Study

Professor Lisa Stamp
The University of Otago, Christchurch
Effects of tart cherry concentrate on gout flares and serum urate
12 months

Lay summary

Gout is a common form of arthritis, particularly in New Zealand. The mainstay of treatment is a sustained reduction of blood uric acid levels. Whilst there are effective treatments many patients have attacks of gout when they start treatment. Tart cherry concentrate has been shown to not only reduce blood urate but also prevent gout attacks. In this study we will investigate the effects of various doses of tart cherry concentrate in order to determine the best dose to use in a large clinical study. We will also examine whether participants tolerate and adhere with tart cherry concentrate treatment.

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