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How to Ease Foot Pain with Purple Pectin

A combination of pectin (used by home canners to thicken jams and jellies) with grape juice may ease foot pain due to neuropathy or plantar fasciitis.

It’s hard to stay physically active and optimistic when your feet hurt. That must be why so many people are looking for a way to ease foot pain, preferably a solution that does not carry significant side effects. A combination of Concord grape juice and Certo that we call “purple pectin” might be one approach worth trying.

Will Certo and Grape Juice Ease Foot Pain?

Q. You have written in your column about using grape juice and Certo to relieve plantar fasciitis. I have chronic gout and peripheral neuropathy in my right foot and I want to try this cocktail to see if I can get relief.

How much Certo do I put into what quantity of grape juice? I hope you can give me the recipe to ease foot pain.

The Certo and Grape Juice Recipe:

A. The classic Certo and grape juice recipe was developed as a home remedy for arthritis. People use two teaspoons of Certo in three ounces of purple grape juice three times daily. Some find that one tablespoon of Certo in eight ounces of grape juice taken once daily is more convenient and works just as well. You might want to try both dosing regimens to see if you like one better than another.

Grape Juice Against Gout:

It is quite possible that the grape juice will help against gout; a French study many decades ago found that grape juice could help the body jettison excess uric acid (Le Progres Medical, Nov. 24, 1960). This has not been studied much, but it was confirmed by a mouse study 12 years ago (Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, May, 2004). Uric acid is the compound that can precipitate in crystals and cause the excruciating joint pain recognized as gout.

What Is Certo?

Home cooks use the liquid plant pectin called Certo to thicken jams and jellies. It can be found in the canning section of your grocery.

Some readers have asked about powdered pectin products such as Pomona’s Universal Pectin. It can be tricky to get this to dissolve in grape juice, but it appears to have helpful anti-inflammatory activity that can alleviate joint pain.

To learn more about this and other natural approaches to easing inflammation we are sending you our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis. You can also watch a video describing how to make this remedy here:

Other nondrug approaches to dealing with gout include celery seeds (Apium graveolens) or tart cherries (BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 1, 2016). Experts frequently recommend a low-purine diet to help prevent gout flare-ups.

9/18/17 Redirected to: https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/will-grape-juice-with-certo-make-feet-feel-better/

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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