Q. Add me to the list of people who have been helped by Certo mixed with grape juice for arthritis. (Actually, I use generic plant pectin.)
For years I controlled my high cholesterol by watching my diet and exercising. I love to run and I would run even if it were not for the cholesterol.
Several years ago I developed a problem with my knee. X-rays revealed arthritis in both
I gradually started back running but the arthritis bothered me in the morning when I went down to the kitchen to fetch morning coffee. This was quite painful and I had to use the handrail. The way up was even worse because I had my hands full with coffee cups.
I contemplated how much longer I would be able to run and even if we would have to move to a single-level dwelling because of the pain. I avoid long-term use of drugs of any kind, choosing instead to change my lifestyle and habits.
When I heard about the grape juice/pectin recipe I tried it. Within a couple of weeks there was improvement and after taking a daily dose for months now, the morning joint pain is gone. Instead of contemplating a wheel chair, I’m contemplating my next run. (I also take fish oil to reduce inflammation.)
A. We have heard from other runners as well as arthritic grandmothers that the combination of plant pectin (found in Certo) and purple grape juice can ease joint pain. There is some research suggesting that Concord grape juice has anti-inflammatory properties (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Nov. 2004).
We discuss this and many other inexpensive, non-drug remedies for joint pain in our book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy.