Q. Caution to the sulfite sensitive! My parents swear by gin-soaked raisins for arthritis. I tried them and after about a week I did notice an increased range of motion. But more importantly, they also triggered a migraine.
A web search immediately confirmed my suspicion: sulfites. I expected the gin to be the culprit, but to my surprise it is the golden raisins. Sulfites are added to preserve the light color.
A. You’re right: golden raisins do contain sulfites. In some sulfite-sensitive people this could trigger a life-threatening reaction.
Some people report pain relief using regular raisins soaked in gin, a recipe that doesn’t include sulfites. Others are enthusiastic about Certo and grape juice or about various juice combinations with vinegar. We have compiled these recipes in the Guide to Home Remedies we are sending you.