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Q. I have been using Certo in purple grape juice for arthritis pain and it really works. But I wonder if there are any side effects. For example, since Certo is a thickening agent, does it thicken the blood? This sounds silly, but if oatmeal can lower cholesterol maybe Certo also has some effects on the body.

A. Certo is a brand of liquid fruit pectin used by home canners to help thicken jams and jellies. It is unlikely to “thicken” blood.

Your oatmeal example is on target, however. Pectin, like oatmeal, contains soluble fiber, so we suspect that Certo might lower cholesterol modestly the way oatmeal can.

Certo also contains citric acid and potassium citrate. A pharmacist suggested that this combination may help ease the inflammation of arthritis. Citrate may also be helpful in preventing kidney stones (Journal of Urology, June 2007).

We discuss various recipes for this home remedy and offer many other non-drug approaches to easing joint pain in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. Anyone who would like a copy, can download it for $2 from the Website: www.peoplespharmacy.com.

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I was looking for some help combatting infection from a chigger bite and came across this article. I just had to say: My mother was rapidly becoming more and more achy. She didn't even like the thought of getting out of a vehicle. She happened across the grape juice/pectin recipe in a book. Joint pain disappeared! It's been a couple years now but she keeps a supply of pectin in her cupboard (get's it when it's out of season markdowns). It even helps my husband who's only in his mid 40's. There's no doubt it works well for certain applications and well worth a try.
S.D.

i have been doing the certo, and grape-juice 3 times a day for exactly 2 weeks today, and have not noticed any difference with my arthuitus. does it take longer for some people?

You mentioned oatmeal as being right on target. Not true--my wife ate oatmeal every day for three months.
She also went to Curves three times a week.

When she went back to the doctor, her cholesterol was exactly the same as before.

We are both taking Certo and grape juice and it appears to have lowered BOTH our blood pressures.

I came accross the grape juice/pectin remedy in a flyer for the peoples pharmacy, so because of my osteo arthritis thought I would give it a go. I bought the juice but could not find the certo, so have just been taking the juice 1 glass a day, and it has certainly made a significant improvement even without the certo, wonderful, normally I can only limp around first thing in the morning, but now I can walk normaly. I will try to get an equivelent to certo if they do not sell it in Australia.

I have heard that grape juice and certo are also helpful in improving blood circulation. Is this true? If it is, how much certo would you add to your grape juice and how often do you need to drink it?

I've been in terrible pain with osteoarthritis in neck and shoulders. Then I read about the golden raisins and gin. Been on that about 2 weeks and can't believe the difference. I bought certo and grape juice to try now but there were 2 packages of certo in the box. Do I put both packages in 64 oz. of grape juice?

I was wondering how much certo one mixes with how much juice. Really sounds like something I'd like to try.

Would like to know where I can purchase Certo products.

My 91-year-old mother heard about the Certo and Welch's grape juice combination, over twenty years ago, as a treatment for osteoarthritis. She already had nodes on most of the joints in her fingers that were beginning to deform at that time. She has taken the combination most every day for all these years and hardly shows any signs of the osteoarthritis.

I have just begun showing symptoms of osteoarthritis myself, and have just started taking the combination too.

In 64 ounces of grape juice, use one packet of Certo. Certo can be found in the baking aisle of the grocery store usually.

I JUST TRIED THE CERTO/ GRAPE JUICE FOR KNEE PAIN. I WAS AMAZED AT THE RESULTS . THE FIRST DAY I TOOK 3 TSP. IN 3 OZ. OF GRAPE JUICE 3 TIMES . I DIDN'T WAKE UP DURING THE NIGHT WITH THE PAIN THAT I AM ACCUSTOMED TO. AND THE NEXT MORNING NO PAIN OR STIFFNESS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY MONTHS. I ONLY WISH I HAD TRIED IT SOONER. I HAVE NEVER KNOWN ANYTHING TO WORK SO QUICKLY.

I've had relief with certo and grape juice, but I'm worried about sodium intake. I notice sodium benzoate in the list of ingredients in certo. Is this a concern for me?

My husband starting taking the grape juice and certo, and it certainly worked for him, but he also started getting constipated. So he stopped taking it, the constipation went away, but the joint pain is back. What can he do to combat the constipation and still take the grape juice/certo combination?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: There are several options for combating constipation, including psyllium (Metamucil, Serutan, etc), flaxseed (Uncle Sam’s Cereal) and sugarless gum.

My mother-in-law came across this article in our local newspaper; (Okla.) I have degenerate joints along with osteo arthritis and brittle, bulging, compact disks on my pelvis. I won't be 39 until April 2009 and have suffered everyday since I was 30. My knee joints are so bad that my knee caps are on the side of my knees instead of being centered.

I often fall when I walk due to my knee caps popping out since there isn't much to hold them in place. I started taking the certo & grape juice just a few weeks ago and can already feel a difference. I was taking it once or twice a day not knowing how much I could take but after reading up on it I plan to use it more often. Yes, I still have meds I take for pain but not as many.

Is the certo grape juice ok for someone with diabetes? if
so how much grape juice and how much certo?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: SOME DIABETICS HAVE PUT CERTO IN LESS CALORIC BEVERAGES THAN GRAPE JUICE AND FOUND IT HELPFUL. CERTO HAS VERY FEW CALORIES BUT THE JUICE WILL NEED TO BE COUNTED AS PART OF YOUR DAILY "FRUIT" INTAKE.

I noticed constipation from the Certo also. Since it makes juice into jelly, it makes sense that it could firm up the liquid in your intestines, too. I have been giving it to my 90-year old mother. A glass of prune juice every other day works for her. Or try drinking a glass of water after the grape juice/Certo mixture.

I have osteoarthritis in my knees and started taking Certo and diet grape juice 5 weeks ago and it made a world of difference. I was so pleased until I read that if one is taking Lovastatin for cholesterol which I am, the combination can increase LDL's so I stopped with the Certo. The pain was back within 24 hrs. I am wondering if it inhibits all statins or just Lovastatin.

I have been taking certo and grape juice for a couple of week and have seen some improvement, but I also am having to go potty a lot with pain. I ended up in the ER and Urgent care because I could hardly walk. So I stopped it and was put on an antiboitic... was feeling better, so I thought I would try it again, and low and behold the pain is back and the need to go is almost every 20 minutes with pain. So I am going back off it and see if I improve. My knees are better but now its hard to walk because of this other thing I think it is doing to me.

I am thinking of trying the grape juice & certo. I use the raisin & gin and it really helps with the pain from spinal fusion. The one concern I have is will this bother my kidney function. My kidney function is low.
Thanks

We are using 3/4 cup grape juice and 2 teaspoons certo. It working for me and I have lots of arthritis, husband is now trying it. Will take at least 2 weeks to feel the difference

Good luck

Hi June,
Woolworths, Coles or Franklins sell a Pectin powder called jam setter, I couldn't find Certo in Australia. Unfortunately, the jam setter contains 68% sugar. It's in the cake section and it is around $1.55 for a 50 gram packet in Sydney Australia. However, you can purchase 100% green apple Pectin online from Health food suppliers in Queensland for $70 per kilogram. It all works out expensive if you need to take 1 table spoon with 250 mls grape juice three times per day. Not to mention the high sugar intake. Any suggestions?

Have been taking Certo and grape juice for arthritis just once a day. Yes, this is expensive, but I'm wondering if there are any side effects reported from people taking Certo?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ONE OR TWO PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED LOOSE BOWELS. WE'D BE INTERESTED IN OTHER SIDE EFFECTS PEOPLE MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED.

would the Certo/Grape juice work for someone with Fibromyalgia???
Has anyone used it & had positive results???

I was told to take one tablespoon of Certo liquid pectin in one 8 oz. glass of 100% organic grape juice for my arthritis/joint pain. It worked for my gout after injuring my spine and worked for my joint/knuckle stiffness and pain in my fingers. The other thing that worked for me was the Organic Apple cider vinegar (it has to be the organic kind or it won't work!) and RAW Honey (it has to be raw or it won't work), 1 tsp Organic ACV to 1 cup of distilled water up to 3-5 times daily.

I only used it once a day. Raw honey contains many vitamins and minerals including Vit.K which heals the body. When my joint pain went away after using the Certo liquid and grape juice I did not need to use it for years!!! It is good to keep up with the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Raw Honey mixture to help prevent gout and arthritis.

Does the grape juice have to be organic and is the cocktail alright?

My wife noted painful urinary urgency when taking anything with citric acid in it. The Certo has citric acid added.

Try using a pectin product without citric acid added.

Wondering if you got an answer to your question re medical concerns.
thanks,
bill

Hi Margaret S.
I too have fibromyalgia, and was wondering if you've had any responses regarding certo and fibro? I so want to try this, but I also want to know about any side effects like those I have read about here. Mainly constipation! Thank you for your time!

you said 64 oz grape juice and one packet of certo... how much of this do I drink??? 3 oz, 8 oz, or ???

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: 4 TO 8 OZ DAILY

I've been drinking 8 ounces of grape juice with a tablespoon of Certo daily for 6 weeks without any improvement in the osteoarthritic pain in my hands. How much longer should I keep drinking the mixture in order to see any results?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: USUALLY YOU'D EXPECT A RESPONSE, IF YOU WERE GOING TO GET ONE, IN 6 TO 8 WEEKS. IF YOU STILL HAVE NO BENEFIT IN ANOTHER 2 WEEKS, TRY SOMETHING ELSE INSTEAD.

How would you use sure jell packets (the crystals) in this concoction? Would you have to dilute them in water first? What would be the amount? My mom is trying this and finds it quite expensive with the Liquid certo.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THE POWDERED PECTIN CAN BE STIRRED RIGHT INTO JUICE, ONE SERVING AT A TIME. START WITH 2 TEASPOONS IN ABOUT 4 OUNCES.

Can you use other juices? I don't like the purple grape juice.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: SOME READERS USE POMEGRANATE JUICE.

I have been using the certo and grape juice for several months in the morning. has greatly improved my fibromyalgia and the OA in my fingers. My tsh has gone up even on a higher dose of levoxyl. Any idea if the certo could be interfering with my absorption? I consistently wait at least one half an hour before eating every morning. Endo said it might be but she had never heard of certo and grape juice and didn't think it would interfere. She did request that I drink it another time of day to see. Any experience on med interference would be appreciated.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: AFRAID WE DON'T HAVE ANY DATA. IF YOU DO THE EXPERIMENT, PLEASE SHARE YOUR RESULTS.

8 oz. 100% grape juice (you may dilute with water if too sweet)
1 tablespoon Certo

Directions:

Mix and drink. Do this once a day, usually morning. It's that simple.


I use the red grape it's not so sour.

The wife and I have arthritis pain and I am a diabetic. We've been using the juice and pectin for 10 days and already see relief from pain. The dry pectin is cheaper than liquid certo. She mixes the dry pectin with water to make a jell she keeps in the refrigerator. She mixes two heaping teaspoons of the mixture in 3 ozs of concord grape juice. It does not mix as nicely as the liquid pectin. It is lumpy and clumpy, but is easily swallowed and not unpleasant.

We started out taking it three times a day, but I felt uncomfortable of an evening. We now take it with our breakfast and lunch. It isn't hurting my blood sugar level, as a matter of fact I am using less insulin now. It seems to have curbed our appetites. I have chronic intestinal problems and as somebody mentioned, I believe 3 doses a day causes me to have diarrhea. Two doses seem to be best for me. The wife experienced some constipation, two doses seem best for her.

Hi! Today I saw an article in the Charlotte Observer about Certo & white grape juice. My husband suffers terribly with bursitis in his shoulders. The only Certo I could find is in liquid form. The box contains two packets weighing about 3 oz each. Since it is in liquid form, do I use the whole packet or just a portion of it with the grape juice (64 oz bottle)? Thank you in advance for the feedback.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ONE PACKET (HALF THE BOX) IS GOOD FOR 64 OUNCES OF JUICE.

Look, a lot of people on here seem to have their own recipes. Here is mine:

Grape Juice/Certo combination for inflammation:

8 oz. grape juice (may be diluted with water IF too sweet)
1 Tablespoon liquid Certo

Instructions: Mix and drink in the morning.

Works for me! :)

I am VERY allergic to apples and pears. Would I be able to use the pectin?

Does anyone know if there is a Certo product which does NOT contain sodium benzoate?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: NOT THAT WE KNOW OF.

I contacted the Kraft people. Certo and other pectins are made with citrus and apple pectins. If you are allergic, as I am, this will be a no-go.

Is it ok to take the grape juice + certo even if I already take glucosamine chondrotin MSM?? Are they sort of the same thing? I've been on Gluco/Chondr/msm for about 2 months now, and it doesn't seem to help by tendonitis in my hips... THANK YOU, skr

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IF THE G&C ARE NOT HELPING, SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT REMEDY.

How long does an opened packet of liquid pectin keep? Or am I better off mixing the whole packet in the bottle of juice all at once?

Do you mix one packet of Certo with 64 oz. of Grape Juice all at once and leave in refrigerator or must you mix each glass separately? I too am wondering how long an opened packet of Certo will keep?

The Certo packet will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator with a clip on top or a rubber band wrapped around the package. The packages in our stores here where we live seem to be a metallic plastic type of packet. They work for a long time this way. I don't know whether they do, however, just sitting on a room temperature shelf. I have had no problem using Certo mixed with grape juice in a cup every day. I use one tablespoon to a cup of juice, usually watered down just a bit, no problem. It usually is too sweet for me otherwise.

Just read about Certo & grape juice but need an answer if possible. Since Certo is a thickening agent and I have a problem with constipation am I looking for trouble?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: CERTO THICKENS SUGAR-CONTAINING FRUIT JUICE. IT MAY CAUSE DIGESTIVE SIDE EFFECTS FOR SOME PEOPLE BUT IT IS NOT LIKELY IT WOULD WORSEN CONSTIPATION.

My cousin Louise heard it from a friend and, initially, she was a doubter but after a few days she was converted! She danced at a recent wedding like she hadn't danced in years. She drinks 4 ounces of the "elixir" every day.

It didn't seem there could be any harm in starting with a double dose. Since May 17th, I've been drinking 4 oz in the morning and 4 oz at night---after only 3 days, I stopped aching and creaking! May 25th is my final double-doese day, I will start drinking only 4 ounces once a day and see what happens. Certo is boxed in two packet offerings. Per the family recipe, I mix one packet of liquid Certo (fruit pectin) in 32 ounces of No Sugar Added Welch's Grape Juice. My fibromyalgia pain now seems de minimis.

I think you may soon be thanking me and Cousin Louise for this old, old remedy.

(Kraft Foods told me that their pectin is made from citrus rinds: lemons, limes and grapefruits. They say its caloric content is negligible. The package carries NO nutritional information as the values are so small when fruit pectin is used for its main purpose as a thickening agent in jams and preserves. A science-guru friend says it's a carbohydrate.

Cerrto doesn't change the flavor of the grape juice, it just lends a honeyed consistency to the drink. I find it somewhat filling.

Not so easy to find in supermarkets as it's shelved in various categories---with baking supplies sometimes, other times with Jell-O. Ask for help. It's worth the effort.

Just started taking Certa and juice and it's too soon to tell for me of the difference. However, the Meijer's by me is discontinuing Certa but is stocking a packet with identical ingredients made by the Ball Canning Co. It's about 45 cents cheaper for the same size box. I wondered about the dry pectin though as it was much cheaper but the 'first' ingredient listed on the box was 'dextrose' and since the first ingredient in a product is has the largest content, does this make a difference?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE WERE UNCERTAIN FOR YEARS, BUT HAVE RECENTLY HEARD FROM SEVERAL READERS THAT POWDERED PECTIN ALSO WORKS AGAINST JOINT PAIN. IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO DISSOLVE, HOWEVER.

I started taking Langer's Grape Juice and Certo liquid two days ago and I sure can see results already. I had a bad case of plantar fasciitis in one foot (which caused severe heel and bone pain) and carpal tunnel in one thumb. I had been limping around with the foot pain for several weeks and buying new shoes, gel heel inserts, etc. did absolutely NO good.

I have drank the said mixture only two days and today I have almost felt no pain in my foot and less pain in my thumb. I am not kidding about this! All I did was put about 4 oz of grape juice in a glass and squeeze about 1 to 2 tablespoons of Certo into it and stir very well. This will make the juice thicker, but you really can't taste the Certo.

It doesn't have to be Welch's Grape Juice---just get what you can afford and with no sugar added. I folded over the foil packet and put the remaining Certo in the fridge to use later. I noticed that Ball makes a pectin gel, too. I bought the Certo in the home canning section at Fry's Food and Drug in Mesa, AZ.

I have been one to walk a lot, but when my foot hurt so badly and I had to give up walking for exercise, I was just so saddened by it. Today I actually felt like walking some. I hope people who read this will give this remedy a try, if sore joints and bones are an issue. I sure am going to stock up on it. I know my thumb pain will diminish, too. Cheap, readily-available medicine for the poor society!

Hot child in the city (in the hottest state in the nation)

It has caused constipation and I feel leery about mixing with Mobic and Cymbalta which I take for Osteo-Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.

I did not like the expense of the grape juice or the sweetness. I've been taking the certo for a couple of years now with great success for arthritis. I tried putting the certo in applesauce and yogurt and it works fine for me.

Finding Certo IS a bit of a challenge. Now, I have 4 boxes delivered every two months from Amazon's "Subscribe & Save" program. I'm billed $13.10 for the 4 boxes...no tax and no shipping charge!

Each box of Certo contains TWO 3-ounce packets. Adding 32 ounces of grape juice to the 3 ounces of pectin yields a seven-day recipe for drinking FIVE ounces a day.

The strength and flexibility in my right hand continues to improve. I have had only one middle-of-the-night foot cramp since using this concoction. Fibromyalgia pain is de minimis. I drink my five ounces a few hours after supper and due to the slight viscosity of the grape juice, I feel full and satisfied and find that I'm not at all craving a snack.

If what I am experiencing is all placebo effect, that's just fine with me. We were away for a week--I packed my Certo and Grape Juice and didn't miss a day!

I have been in such terrible pain all over. Joints, tendons, muscles. Couldn't wait to try the grape juice and Certo. I didn't have grape juice but had red wine. Will try that. Will get grape juice tomorrow.

Use one pkg of certo to 64 oz of white grape juice.

anyone concerned about the sodium benzoate in certo? just started taking this for my knee pain but don't want to damage other part of my body..

People's Pharmacy response: This seems more likely to be a problem if a large quantity of the juice and Certo is mixed at one time and held in the refrigerator. Making daily doses as needed doesn't seem to pose the risk.

My mother- in-law has been mixing one 3 oz. packet of the Certo with a 64 oz. bottle of Juice Cherry flavor for four years and it has has helped her arthritis tremendously! This keeps well in the refrigerator.

I learned about the liquid certo and 100% grape juice remedy and did the test with my 83 year old mom. She has arthritis through her spinal area, her knee caps are affected and she has a shoulder with osteo arthritis. Her bones and joint pain was extreme. She started only once a day 6 onz before breakfast and on the third day she went up the stairs with no pain at all.

Only after her third dose she improved physically and you could see her improvement in gestures and movement. This is her second 64 onz bottle of the mixture and I haven't heard her complain about any kind of pain. It is really wonderful!

Back in the 1950s, may father had a friend in a wheelchair because of severe arthritis. My dad brought him some Certo and told him to take it with orange or prune juice. (Back then, we didn't know about grape juice). So the guy took Certo and he started leaving his wheelchair behind. A couple of months later he went back to his doctor and said, "I walk 2 miles a day, never felt better in my life and stopped all my meds."

He told the doc about Certo, and the doctor said, "You're poisoning yourself. There aren't any scientific studies proving this stuff. Now you go home and take your prescription medicine and get back in that wheelchair." So he stopped the Certo and 2 weeks later he could hardly walk and he stayed in his wheelchair like the doctor told him to. Passed away a couple years later.

I will try grape juice and certo for my husband, but as far myself, I have Diabetes 2 and an not sure if it would be good for me. Please let me know. Thank you, B Johnson

Certo is used to make jelly and jam. Look for it in the area where canning items are located. In Giant, that is right around the paper plates - no idea why...

Can you use cranberry-grape juice and I bought the certo at Wal Mart

will the grape certo mixture still be good if not refrigerated one night. The room is cool at night. Left it on the counter overnight, did refrigerate in morning but have not used any of it as need to know the safety of it. Thanks.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:

There is no way for us to tell. Sorry.

We have actually moved to recommending that each glassful be prepared "fresh," just before drinking rather than making a huge batch at one time.

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