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Supermarket Remedy Fights Arthritis

Supermarket Remedy Fights Arthritis

Q. I have read about combining something called Certo with grape juice for arthritis pain. I suffer something awful and have never heard of Certo. My pharmacist was no help.

Is it an herb, a home remedy, a drug or a plant? How does it work on arthritis? Also how can Certo be purchased and where?

A. Certo is liquid plant pectin. Home canners use it to thicken jams and jellies. It can be found in most grocery stores in the canning supplies department.

We have no idea why the combination of grape juice and Certo seems to be helpful for joint pain. There are various recipes for this remedy. One is to mix one tablespoon of Certo in 8 oz. of grape juice daily.

Our Guide to Alternative for Arthritis has more details on this and other arthritis remedies like gin-soaked raisins.

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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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