Q. I have read about combining something called Certo with grape juice for arthritis pain. I suffer something awful and have never heard of Certo. My pharmacist was no help.

Is it an herb, a home remedy, a drug or a plant? How does it work on arthritis? Also how can Certo be purchased and where?

A. Certo is liquid plant pectin. Home canners use it to thicken jams and jellies. It can be found in most grocery stores in the canning supplies department.

We have no idea why the combination of grape juice and Certo seems to be helpful for joint pain. There are various recipes for this remedy. One is to mix one tablespoon of Certo in 8 oz. of grape juice daily.

Our Guide to Home Remedies has more details on this and other arthritis remedies like gin-soaked raisins.

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  1. P.W.
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    I’ve been taking 1/2 teaspoon of organic powdered turmeric in a glass of water daily for arthritis with the result that joints in my finger have become less swollen and stiff. This remedy suggested by an Ayurvedic M.D. I’ve also cut down the amount of sugar I eat because sugar causes uric acid to form, told to me a Chinese M.D. who also performed acupuncture on my finger joints, only twice but lots of needles. These things have helped more than anything and I am now able to wear rings that previously could not get on my fingers. These things take longer to see results than meds, so you have to stay with it.
    Western M.D. sent me to PT which was too painful and caused more swelling, but he did tell me I was hyper-mobile, so I’m now careful to not over-extend at the joints.

  2. flora
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    I bought this certo stuff for my mom cause she is suffering tremendously in her knees and legs. my mom is 80 years old and I am hoping this does help to some degree. My mother has tried all the cream rubs all the arthritis pills and even uses a heating pad every night for her knees when she goes to bed. so tonight she will start using this remedy and we will see how well it works on her.

  3. James
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    I pour one of the 3oz. packets of Certo into a 64oz. bottle of Welch’s 100% grape juice. It has never gelled up. I drink a mouthful in the morning and at night.

  4. A.C.
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    Certo Fruit Pectin is available at any supermarket, in the section containing canning products — it’s used to thicken jams & jellies. Very inexpensive.

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