Q. I was having difficulty bending my right leg enough to put on my sock. I climbed steps like a three year old, one step at a time. I had to use my arms to get up from sitting.
In desperation, I decided to try your home remedy of grape juice with Certo. I planned to give it a month. Within three days I was putting on my socks with no difficulty. Yesterday (less than a month since I began), I found myself going up stairs like an adult. I understand that nobody knows how this works, and I am a skeptic, but it works for me!
A. Many years ago a reader suggested Certo mixed into grape juice instead of gin-soaked raisins for joint pain. Certo is plant pectin used in home canning to thicken jams and jellies. Research hints that ingredients in red grape juice have anti-inflammatory properties (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July, 2006). There are several recipes for the Certo/grape juice combination. You will find them and other home remedies in the Guide to Alternative Treatments for Arthritis we are sending. One variant calls for two teaspoons of Certo in three ounces of grape juice three times daily.