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Effects of tart cherry concentrate on gout flares and serum urate

26 months
Approved budget:
Professor Lisa Stamp
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Feasibility Study
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. While 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 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.