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Eating cherries could cut gout
吃櫻桃可能減緩痛風

An Azerbaijani vendor assembles his boxes with cherries at a market in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 26 last year.
亞塞拜然小販去年五月二十六日在亞塞拜然巴庫的一處市場,裝配一箱箱的櫻桃。

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US researchers found patients with gout who ate cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent lower risk of attacks compared to those who did not. The study in Arthritis & Rheumatism said cherries contain anthocyanins, antioxidants which contain anti-inflammatory properties.

Gout is a common type of arthritis that can cause sudden and very severe attacks of pain and swelling in the joints, particularly in the feet. Gout affects about one in 100 people, with men two to three times more likely to be affected than women.

In this study, researchers from Boston University recruited 633 gout patients, mostly males, with an average age of 54. People were asked to record gout attacks including symptoms, the drugs they used and their diet and drinking patterns in the two days prior to the attack, including whether or not they had eaten cherries or taken any cherry extract.

Ten to 12 cherries were counted as one serving. During the period the patients were studied, they had a total of 1,247 gout attacks. Some 42 percent of those studied ate cherries or cherry extract. These patients had a 37 percent lower risk of gout attacks than those who did not eat the fruit.

(Liberty Times)

美國研究人員發現,痛風病患吃兩天櫻桃,會比沒吃的患者降低百分之三十五的發作風險。刊登在《關節炎與風濕病》的研究說,櫻桃內含有花青素,這是一種能抗發炎的抗氧化物。

痛風是一種常見的關節炎,可能造成關節突如其來且非常嚴重的疼痛與腫脹,特別是在腳部。痛風罹患率約百分之一,男性罹患率是女性的二到三倍。

在這份研究中,波士頓大學的研究人員招募六百三十三名平均五十四歲的痛風病患,其中多數是男性。他們被要求記錄痛風發作,包括症狀、他們服用的藥物、發作前兩天的飲食與喝酒模式,包括是否吃過櫻桃或櫻桃萃取物等。

十到十二顆櫻桃算一份。在研究期間,病患痛風發作的次數共一千兩百四十七次。接受研究的病患,約百分之四十二病患吃了櫻桃或櫻桃萃取物。這些患者的痛風發作率,比沒吃的人低百分之三十七。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. attack n.

發作 (fa1 zuo4)

例: He had an attack of asthma this morning, so he’s off sick today.

(他今天上午氣喘發作,所以他今天請病假。)

2. affect v.

罹患;侵襲 (li2 huan4; qin1 xi2)

例: The disease affects mainly older people.

(這是主要侵襲老年人的疾病。)

3. prior to adv. phr.

在...之前 (zai4 … zhi1 qian2)

例: The scandal was exposed weeks prior to her death.

(醜聞在她去世前的幾週被揭露。)


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