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Q. I read in your column that someone used “Certo” in juice to relieve painful arthritis in the hands. Is this the pectin with which one makes jelly? I did buy some and started putting a tablespoon in 8 ounces of pomegranate juice, as I have horrendous arthritis in my hands.

A. Certo is in fact a liquid pectin product used by home canners to make jams and jellies thicker. Readers have told us for ten years that Certo mixed with grape juice can help ease arthritis pain. More recently someone suggested substituting pomegranate juice.

Here is a testimonial: “I read about grape juice and Certo last fall while I was suffering a painful medial column collapse of the right foot that the doctor attributed to psoriatic arthritis. I was going to have surgery in late November, but tried the juice with Certo in October. I didn't tell the doctor, as I didn't want to be admonished.

“For some mysterious reason, the pain started subsiding, then went away. The doctor was amazed but said surgery should only be done as a last resort. I see him next month for a checkup and will mention the juice with Certo.

“I'm not saying that's what put the arthritis in remission, but something happened, as I could hardly walk at the time. So I'll continue taking it.”
We include recipes for grape juice with Certo, gin-soaked raisins and the Sam Houston arthritis drink in our Guide to Home Remedies.

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I don't have a comment, but a question about the Certo in grape juice remedy for arthritis pain. Is it only the brand Certo that works, or can any pectin be used? For instance, can one use Ball's 100% Natural Fruit Jell Pectin instead of Certo and get the same (possible) relief? Thanks for your advice, I find this website extremely helpful and interesting.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IF ANYONE HAS TRIED THIS, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF IT WORKED.

Is there any information, please, about using ANY TYPE of juice with the Certo regimen.

Thanks in advance, I love your show, website, and medical honesty. Some other shows push drugs so hard, it's rather sickening. You guys are refreshing, and super helpful. --Hal

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY: SO FAR AS WE KNOW, THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC DATA ON CERTO WITH JUICE OF ANY KIND. THERE IS SOME RESEARCH ON CONCORD GRAPE JUICE SUGGESTING THAT ALONE IT HAS SOME ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY.

would like to try the certo/grape juice. what is the recommended dosage, and how often can I take it? Once a day,week,month?
Thanks

My husband is using Ball pectin with grape juice. Could not find Certo brand. He also has used the powder form. 8 ounces of grape juice to 1 tablespoon of the pectin. He mixed up a whole batch in a pitcher. 1 packet of the pectin to 64 ounces of grape juice. He seems to think it is helping.

I'm the one featured in the article above with the foot problem. I use 1 TBLS in 8 oz low sugar grape juice once a day. I would think pectin is pectin, but as Certo is available, I use it.

Fruit juice beverages are just "sugar water" and despite a few vitamins they contribute, aren't very good for overall health, especially if blood glucose control isn't maintained with such a high sugar load.

Gelatin from homemade bone broth is excellent for good joint health as well as good gut/intestinal health. It is easily absorbed in a form the body can use and doesn't tax a damaged digestive system. Bone broths (bones & cartilage simmered for hours in water with a small amount of acid such as vinegar or lemon juice added to help release the bone minerals) used to be common in people diets, but now are rare, with packaged, processed convenience foods and boneless cuts of meat, not to mention avoiding meat nutrients altogether. Our increasing rates of osteoporosis bear this out, too.

Inexpensive slow cooker appliances are ideal for making bone broth on a frequent basis and can be left unattended for many hours. The prep time only takes a few minutes; nearly anyone can do it. Homemade bone broth is easy on the food budget, too, because it can be made with less expensive bone-in meat cuts and scraps (more flavorful, too), and uses more of the animal instead of wasting it. And it is "real food" like our ancestors made (and thrived on), not a lab-created food particle from a manufacturing facility, like Certo.

I have bone on bone shoulder arthritis with extreme pain on arm movement, If I thought it would help I would eat a cow flop. I have just started a tablesoon of Certo in grape juice daily. When can I expect results? Thanks.

Could taking Certo/grape juice for joint pain result in constipation?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WE HAVE NOT HEARD OF THIS REACTION BEFORE, BUT INDIVIDUALS MIGHT REACT IN THIS WAY.

I have used 4 oz of grape juice with a teaspoon of liquid Pectin daily for 6 months. It has eliminated the hip joint pain. However if I stop taking it daily, the pain comes back. For me it is a treatment not a cure. Does any one have experience with a cure or with long term side effects of this treatment?

At 18 years old I started having joint pain in left shoulder. Doctors could do nothing for me. After 7 years of not being able to lift my left arm above my head a coworker jumped up when he saw me reach for some diskettes. He said he had a cure for the pain, he said certo. After 7 years of pain I would of tried worm dirt if someone suggested it. One tablespoon in the am and one at night was the dose and within 3 days it healed. Wow! Well It comes back every 4 years or so and as soon as I dose up on Certo it goes away again within 2 days. Don't know why it works but please try it if you have pain in your joints as I have for 22 years now.

My sister sent me this web page. I really didn't look at it until I called her the other day. She has always suffered with knee and leg pain, She told me she had been taking it for 3 weeks and that she couldn't remember ever feeling this good. She swears by it. I started taking it that night after talking with her, its only been 3 days, but with this awful pain in my neck, shoulder blades and back in my back, I'd do almost anything to get rid of the pain, I don't know about you but i'm giving it a try.

Not familiar with this but I have worn all my cartilage from my hips and have had bone on bone pain. I have had great success with eliminating all inflammatory foods like all animal products and eating high nutrient dense foods which are anti-inflammatory. (Vegetables, legumes and berries) I eat a good dose of Yellow and Red onions at night on my lentils and add turmeric and ginger (google it) which are great for pain. I sleep like a baby and have no pain!

Have suffered from sever pain in hips for three years...with other shoulder pain for 10.

Three weeks into the program...1 tablespoon to 8oz of no suger added concord grape juice in the morning...but consumed over three hours...then half again as in the late afternoon..same pace...I have gone from two or more vicodin per day to NONE..maybe one Ibuprofen a day now...

lower bowel activity increased and abit more noticable to the nose..but well worth it!

Years of pain nearly gone!
When told of this by older friend I took it with a grain of salt...but I trust the guy and thought "hey, what the hey...give it a try...

wife feels better too.

Not a quick fix..give it a coupla weeks at least..then get Certo on line in quanity for a steep discount...


My thanks to my pal eric...


Harold

I have arthritis in my knee and took 1-2 Meloxicam as needed, and regularly took 2 a day with pain still; read your column; started drinking grape juice every day (we keep bottled in office) and immediately all pain went away and dropped Meloxicam to 1 a day; may try going without Meloxicam entirely; didn't try Certo; my father suffers from severe arthritis; since starting regularly drinking a pomegranate health drink from Guatemala, said his arthritis is much better.

Is Certo something a diabetic can take????

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: CERTO CONTAINS WATER, FRUIT PECTIN, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM CITRATE AND THE PRESERVATIVE POTASSIUM BENZOATE. NOTHING THERE POSES PARTICULAR PROBLEMS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES.

I didn't see the answer to the question "Can it be any type of juice?" and "Can I use low sugar grape juice?"
Please answer

Can you make up a large batch of the Grape juice and Certo at one time, or do you have to make it a glass at a time? Pushed for time in the a.m. and would like to be able to just pour, drink and go...
LOVE this site and all the free advice! (Also cured my toenail problem using Vicks - that I read about here).

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: YOU CAN MAKE UP A LARGE BATCH. IT KEEPS WELL IN THE REFRIGERATOR. THERE IS A HYPOTHETICAL RISK THAT THE POTASSIUM BENZOATE IN CERTO COULD REACT WITH THE VITAMIN C IN GRAPE JUICE TO FORM BENZENE. THIS MAKES US NERVOUS. WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH OF AN ISSUE IT IS, BUT WORRY MORE ABOUT IT IN A SOLUTION THAT HAS BEEN STORED FOR SOME TIME.

I have used both Certo and the powder form of Sure Jell in grape juice.

I am a skeptic by nature but my joint and muscle pain were getting unbearable and I refuse to take more drugs so I decided to try it. After three weeks I am a whole new person. I have a little pain in one knee but I can sleep through the night and do things with my grandson that I hadn't been able to do when the pain was so bad.

I have had no problem with constipation, by the way but, on the recommendation of my doctor (who says that Americans don't' get enough fiber) I take two fiber supplements daily.

I also heard it lowers cholesterol but I haven't had that checked. If so I will gladly go off the statin drug I take for that!

Why did the above person decide to extend the consumption of juice over a period of three hours?

There are so many different stories.... How much of the Certo and grape juice do I take a day?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ABOUT 1 TABLESPOON CERTO IN 8 OUNCES OF GRAPE JUICE A DAY SEEMS TO WORK FOR MANY PEOPLE.

Does anyone know whether gelatin can be successfully substituted for pectin?
It's quite a bit cheaper and I'm curious to know if there is a downside (other then vegetarian or religious issues) for using an animal rather then a vegetable product.

I use 1 tablespoon of Certo in 6-8oz of grape juice daily and the ache in the joints of my fingers has gone away. Started feeling much better after one week. Works for me but my wife still won't try it...

Is cherry juice OK to take as it works for arthritis too?

Great site with nice remedies for different diseases. I have been going through this site for quite some time and I really liked the home remedies for joint pains and other diseases.

I read this article in a local newspaper and threw the paper away. I am going to try this. Your site is great. I googled you.

I've been diagnosed with RA but the only joint I have problems with is my right wrist and fingers. I've tried several medications and currently taking methotrexate injections - one per week. I also started the raisins/gin concoction. I was wondering if anybody takes the raisins/gin AND the Certo/grape juice concoction at the same time.

I am sold on the grape juice with certo. I had arthritis so bad that sometimes it was hard for me to move. I had tried medication and it worked but had very serious side effects. I was told about the grape juice and certo by a 94 year old lady that moved liked she was 30.

So I tried it. I can move now... it is awesome. My daughter is pharmacy tech and she asked her lead pharmacist about it. He said yes it works and that there is a pill that does the same thing but it is a dollar a pill and may have side effects. I think I'll stick to the natural home remedy.

Is Ball pectin the same as Certo? Can't find certo in my area. Has anyone compared the ingredients of the two products?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:

Ball powdered pectin has dextrose, citric acid and fruit pectin.
Sure-Jell powdered pectin has dextrose, fruit pectin, fumaric acid (to assist in the gelling) and sodium silicoaluminate (to prevent caking
Kroger house brand Can-Jel has dextrose, fruit pectin and fumaric acid.
Certo liquid pectin has water, fruit pectin, lactic and citric acids (to assist in the gelling) potassium citrate to control the acidity and sodium benzoate as a preservative.

Can other juices or liquids be substituted for grape juice?

I have had knee problems that actually caused me to use crutches for a few days. Painful walking, and going down the steps was horrendous. Did not know what foot to step down on first, because both knees hurt so bad. Arthritis took control. Doctor gave me an anti inflammatory that did not solve the problem.

My pastor told me that she had rheumatoid arthritis and her hands stayed swollen all of the time. She used Certo and said that she felt some relief and the swelling had gone done. Well I said I would try anything at this point. At 62 I was beginning to feel shut down.

I tried Certo yesterday. Mixed 1 liquid packet with 64 ozs of white grape juice. I drank a 6 oz cup of the mixture. Approximately 8 hours later I promise you I was able to walk to the next room without holding onto doorknobs, backs of chairs and anything that would help me keep my balance.

After 3 cups of the mixture my son commented to me that he noticed I was walking much better. He used to help me up and down the steps. I am doing it on my own now. This is just 1 day and a half and I am hooked on Certo. If you want some relief, it can't hurt to try it.

Where can I buy Certo? Walgreens didn't know what it was and thought it was a spanish medicine.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IT IS PLANT PECTIN FOR HOME CANNING. LOOK FOR IT AT THE SUPERMARKET.

Please tell me how much sodium is in a tablespoon of Cert-O. I want to recommend grape juice and Cert-O to a friend who has high blood pressure for her arthritis.

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THERE IS A TINY AMOUNT OF SODIUM IN THE SODIUM BENZOATE, ADDED AS A PRESERVATIVE.

I would like to try Certo and Grape juice for my arthritis but know nothing about it. Do you drink this? or mix it and rub it in? What is the formula to mix? And where can I buy it? Thanks Charlie

I am eager to try this. What is the ratio of certo to grape juice are most commonly used and what is the usual dosage.

Thanks,
C Roberts

If you are not having relief with the 1Tbsp. to 1cup dosage per day can you take it twice a day to see if that helps, or what would you recommend?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: YOU COULD TAKE IT TWICE A DAY, OR TRY A DIFFERENT REMEDY.

I have been taking 1/4 cup of cherry juice with a few tsp. of Certo for only 3 days now, and what a difference! I have arthritis in my knees and I am walking down the stairs with no pain!

Pomona's Universal Pectin can be used as well and contains 100% pure citrus pectin with no additives, preservatives, sugar, or dextrose.

Through many, many blood tests, and different doctors, I was sent to an Arthritis Clinic about 50 miles away. The diagnosis was quick and clear and, as far as I know, accurate. The diagnosis was "PMR", short for Poly Myalgia Rheumatica; a very painful disease that is mostly foreign to most people, except for those who have it.

Very little is know about the disease and where it comes from, or how and why it "leaves" over a period of time in "most" people. The treatment I received was "Prednisone" over a 6 year period of time, but after the first two months was drastically reduced to a very low dosage, and now I am off of it completely, thank goodness!

The other medication prescribed, was the one you mentioned; "METHOTREXATE". Needless to say, it helped with the pain, but my hair began to fall out in large amounts ! I told the Dr., "I'll deal with the pain; I want my hair as long as I can have it". So, be aware of drugs, or "beware" of drugs that have side effects.

I'm maintaining now days with an occasional dose of Ibuprofen, but I will be trying the "Certo" treatment soon. For those who either gradually start having joint pains, or, as it was in MY case, a very quick "OVER NIGHT" event, PMR can come on you either way. Thanks for this site, and means of sharing information. God Bless You All !

I have stenosis in my spine, degenerative back disease, and arthritis. Some days walking is great for a while. Most days walking and normal activities are quite painful. I am 71 and have a lot of things I want to do before I reach 72. So I will try the certo. I hate the steroid shots and the drugs. Both seem to be short term. I do have a question. Does it have to be grape juice? I have some (not watered down) blue berry and also some cherry juice.
Well, I will give it a shot and get back to you.
Thanks for the info.

I have been using Certo for a month or two and also experiencing severe constipation. Can it be from the Certo?

Thanks

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: PEOPLE'S SYSTEMS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY. IT IS POSSIBLE CERTO CAUSES YOU TROUBLE, THOUGH MOST PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM. TRY STOPPING IT AND SEE IF THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM.

Someone has asked this question; but I have not seen your answer posted.
Can other juices be substituted for grape juice. If so, which ones?

Where can I buy certo?

My mother-in-law is taking blood thinners as well as the Certo regime. Will the Certo counteract with the blood thinners?

In what proportion do you mix the 100% pectin to grape juice?

Can other juices or liquids be substituted for grape juice?

This question has been asked numerous times but, STILL NO ANSWER from People's Pharmacy. I must limit sugar intake=ZERO...grape juice is extremely high in sugar. Could I use lemon water and Certo?? May we have an answer please? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED GOOD RESULTS WITH POMEGRANATE JUICE OR TART CHERRY JUICE AS THE VEHICLE FOR THE CERTO OR POWDERED PECTIN. SINCE THIS IS A HOME REMEDY, WE DO NOT NOT HAVE ANY SCIENTIFIC STUDIES. THE WAY TO FIND OUT IF WATER AND LEMON JUICE WOULD WORK WITH CERTO IS TO TRY IT. IF YOU DO, PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR RESULTS.

I am thinking of trying water and lemon juice with certo, as I don't want all the calories and sugar from the grape juice. If anyone else has tried it let me know. Certo has really helped my hip pain and I don't want to stop it.

Can the use of Certo cause problem of itching?

I heard about Certo earlier this year. I had started taking Knox Gelatin late last winter, and I seemed to be helping. I decided to add Certo also, and I think they are really working. I have had two surgeries on on knee, and on surgery on the other. Both were causing me a lot of pain and I had been taking Diclofenac for years to help with the pain.

It had gotten to the point that the pills weren't really helping, but when I started the Knox gelatin, I felt less pain, and now with the Certo I am able to take extra strength Tylenol when I over do it, and have gone days with nothing but the Knox gelatin and Certo. It's really worth trying.

Ball Liquid Fruit Pectin has the same ingredients as Certo Liquid Fruit Pectin.

Ball's Liquid Fruit Pectin: water, fruit pectin, citric acid and lactic acid, potassium citrate and sodium benzoate.


I have used Certo for several months and am just about free of any pain. I have used it mixed with a variety of fruit drinks... so I don't think the type of drink makes a big difference, and I include some aloe juice in the mix, which seems to help my stomach pains. Our Walmart carries Certo, as well as most of the large grocery stores.

My comment is that I wish that doctors and drug companies do not put out of business Certo, and they still have a benefits giving thousands of medications and surgeries to a patients.

I was in an accident 10 years ago and have had severe back, shoulder, hip and knee pain ever since. I've been given every medication possible and have had no luck in finding relief. Then I started getting shots in my back and nerve burnings also with no relief. I will try this certo and juice or maybe just water (no added sugar) and see if it helps. Does anyone know of any long term side effects or drug interactions?

How many calories are in the various types of Pectin--either powered or liquid?

I had been using liquid pectin, any brand, with grape juice for several years. Usually I mixed one packet of the gel with 46 oz. of liquid. (I liked to buy the frozen concentrate juice.) I drank 8 oz over the period of an hour or two. It seemed to help with some of the pain from arthritis and fibromyalga. It also remediated my constipation problem.

I haven't used it in the past year because of the high calorie/sugar in the grape juice. My BMI has gone from 38 to 30 with a low calorie and low sugar/refined carb diet and the loss of 40 pounds.

Hi,
You say this treatment is for arthritis, but I have found it worked wonders for my backache and wanted to share this with you, I had been in agony for weeks, with in two days of taking certo in juice I noticed a big difference I now take it in freshly made juice and I can honestly say my backache as gone away. Denise

Two old carpenters recommended Certo to me for relief of Tendonitis about 15 years ago. The dose was one tablespoon A.M. and P.M. The Tendonitis went away and has not returned. I am now suffering from arthritis in my left knee and have just started the Certo treatment again. I don't think that juice does anything more than help wash the Certo down, but I'm going to start by trying it with 100% dark grape juice. I'll report back with results.

I'd like to try and clear up some of these recurring questions about Certo. It works fine just by itself. A tablespoon twice a day (morning and evening) is the dose. It is a food used for thickening pies and jellies and should not interact with medications. It is swallowed, not rubbed on. It does not taste bad but can be masked by mixing it with juice. The type of juice shouldn't matter, however there may be a certain juice that does, in its own way, help alleviate arthritic symptoms. I've heard a lot of people say that dark grape juice is best. Once opened, the packet sits upright in a coffee cup and is kept refrigerated. I was told to take it twice a day for thirty days, which I did. The tendonitis in my elbows went away and have not returned (15 years).

I found Certo at Walmart in the baking products.

What is the ratio of liquid Certo to grape juice for arthritis and how often should you take it?

I am just hearing about this remedy, and have not had a chance to try it. However, my sister has found it helpful and recommended it to my Aunt. My aunt's husband has been taking it for years because of a colon resection. They removed the section that draws water from waste, and he was told to drink it to prevent dehydration and diarrhea.
It is evidently a common anti-diaretic in some eastern bloc countries... Perhaps you are not getting enough fluids, and the Certa is retaining more. Try upping your water intake?

After reading all this and being advised by colleagues, I am desperate to try it.
From last 7 months I have this weird Dizziness it's more like left to right or
back and forth rather than spinning. Been to doctors, got my Ct scan, MRI,
X Rays done but nothing came up. So Certo is my last hope I hope this work. I do have rheumatoid arthritis.

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