Arthritis pain presents a big dilemma. The pain itself can interfere greatly with your quality of life. On the other hand, because people suffer from joint pain frequently, if not every day, they may want relief on a regular basis. The most common drugs used for joint pain should not be taken daily because they have serious side effects such as digestive tract irritation or even ulcers. NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen can even raise the likelihood that a person will suffer a heart attack or stroke. But some readers have discovered home remedies that can ease joint pain without causing serious reactions. One of the most popular is grape juice and pectin.
Will Purple Grape Juice and Pectin Help Your Pain?
Q. Purple grape juice and pectin is working great for my arthritis. I saw improvement in both knees after the second dose. I use SURE-JELL, not Certo, because that is what my supermarket carries. It can be found very near the Jell-O.
A. Many readers have asked about substituting SURE-JELL for Certo fruit pectin in this popular home remedy to alleviate arthritis pain. Thank you for letting us know the results of your personal experiment.
Others have tried Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Like SURE-JELL, it is a powdered pectin product that may require a bit of extra effort to get it to dissolve.
Pectin Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
We’ve never seen a study of grape juice and pectin to alleviate joint pain. However, researchers have discovered that pectin in the diet can reduce inflammation through its effect on the immune system (Frontiers in Immunology, March 1, 2018). In addition, pectin from apples has beneficial effects on the gut microbiota of rats (Nutrients, Feb. 29, 2016). Might people get similar results? We don’t know.
Grape Compounds Against Pain:
We have been looking for evidence that grape juice might relieve pain, and found just a few recent studies that may be relevant. In one, scientists gave rats a chemotherapy compound that causes nerve pain. The rats fared significantly better when they were given grape extract (Scientific Reports, Sep. 25, 2018). Mice with a condition similar to gout pain had less swelling and appeared more comfortable when given grape seed extract (Journal of Neuroinflammation, Apr. 4, 2017). Perhaps most relevant, researchers reported that proanthocyanidin compounds from grape seeds improved measures of arthritis pain in rats (Experimental & Molecular Medicine, Oct. 31, 2011). Such studies suggest to us that grapes and grape juice may have benefits. Still, not everyone wants to drink grape juice. Do other juices work?
Will Other Juices Work as Well as Grape Juice and Pectin?
Q. I have started taking Certo and grape juice for my arthritis but wondered if you can use Certo in other juices, such as cranberry, orange or apple and get similar results?
A. There is no scientific data supporting this remedy for joint pain. One reader reported good results mixing Certo with pomegranate juice. Try one tablespoon in 8 oz. juice daily and report your results.
Here is the previous reader’s story.
Pomegranate Juice and Pectin:
Q. I’ve read your columns about grape juice and Certo for easing joint pain but I don’t like grape juice. I tried pomegranate juice with Certo instead. It’s much lower in calories and it tastes really good.
After just a couple of days, the results are amazing! I can comfortably make a tight fist now, which means I can look forward to throwing punches in aikido classes again without jamming an arthritic knuckle.
As an EMT, I’m definitely in tune with conventional modern US medicine. From a medical standpoint, this remedy has me stumped, but there is no doubt that it really worked quickly and effectively for me. I don’t know if this mixture will affect other drugs or conditions, so others should check with the doctor before trying it.
A. Thanks for sharing your experiment. We have heard from hundreds of readers that Certo and grape juice or gin soaked raisins can ease joint pain. Pomegranate juice itself can ease inflammation and slow cartilage destruction (Nutrition, Jan. 2017; Journal of Nutrition, Sep. 2005).