Q. My husband and I have begun using pectin in grape juice and find it really helps ease our aches and pains. We started with liquid Certo, one packet to a half-gallon of purple grape juice. We drank a cup a day.
I now use pure pectin powder (Pomona’s Universal Pectin). I sprinkle ¼ teaspoon gently on a cup of juice and then run the mixture in the blender for a minute or two. This gets frothy, but pectin clumps if you just drop it in the juice. The powder can’t be mixed up ahead of time, or the juice tends to turn to jelly. Do not use juice that has been fortified with calcium. The pectin won’t dissolve.
Certo costs about $3 for a jug of juice. Pure pectin powder works out to about 50 cents a jug.
A. Thanks for the detailed information on using pectin in purple grape juice. Other readers have found pomegranate or cherry juice also works.
Anyone who would like more details on such natural approaches for easing pain and inflammation may be interested in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.