CERTO AND JUICE
I read in your column that someone used Certo in juice to relieve painful arthritis in the hands. Is this the pectin with which one makes jelly? I did buy some and started putting a tablespoon in eight ounces of pomegranate juice, as I have horrendous arthritis in my hands.
Certo is a liquid pectin product used by home canners to make jams and jellies thicker. For ten years readers have told us that Certo mixed with grape juice can help ease arthritis pain. One formula calls for a tablespoon of Certo in eight ounces of juice daily.
I read about grape juice and Certo last fall while I was suffering a painful medial column collapse of the right foot that the doctor attributed to psoriatic arthritis. I was going to have surgery in late November, but I tried the juice with Certo in October. I didn’t tell the doctor, as I didn’t want to be admonished. For some mysterious reason, the pain subsided. The doctor was amazed but said surgery should be done only as a last resort. I see him next month for a checkup and will mention the juice with Certo. I’m not saying that’s what put the arthritis in remission, but something happened, as I could hardly walk at the time. So I’ll continue taking it.
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 emergency medical technician (EMT), I’m in tune with conventional modern U.S. medicine. From a medical standpoint, this remedy has me stumped, but there is no doubt that it worked quickly and effectively for me. I don’t know if this mixture will affect other drugs or conditions, so others should consult their doctors before trying it.
Thanks for sharing your experiments. We have heard from hundreds of readers that Certo and grape juice can ease joint pain. Research suggests that pomegranate juice also can ease inflammation and slow cartilage destruction.1
My husband and I take black cherry juice concentrate for arthritis aches and pains. I buy it at the local health food store. We take a teaspoon a day, like cough syrup. My finger joints are no longer swollen and painful. On rare days when I still have discomfort, I just take another dose.
Tart cherries, sour cherries, and black cherries have all been used to combat inflammation associated with arthritis or gout. Cherry juice concentrate is usually more affordable than fresh cherries or juice. It can be added to seltzer water or made into a tea. Concentrated cherry capsules or cherry supplement bars are also available. Studies on animals have shown that the red anthocyanin compounds in cherries act as anti-inflammatories.2 Research from the 1950s also suggests that cherries may help both gout and arthritis.
I would like some info about cherries for a friend who suffers from arthritis and gout.
One study suggested that sweet cherries could lower uric acid levels that cause gout. The researchers also observed that “cherries may inhibit inflammatory pathways.”3 Readers have been telling us that sour cherries (fresh, dried, frozen, juice, or CherryFlex pills) can ease both gout attacks and arthritis pain. Here is one recent account: “I tried the cherry juice after reading about it in your column. I now get out of bed without back pain (after less than a month). I have sciatica, along with other back issues, and arthritis in both knees. I can do stairs again. On top of that, I asked our vet if I could give it to our dog. He said yes, but to give her half a dose. I give her two capsules a day, and she is now running again after only two weeks.”
All my life my knees have ached at night. I used Aleve, arthritis-strength aspirin, or Tylenol and usually woke up about 3 a.m. and took more. I read in your column about using turmeric for arthritis pain and bought some capsules. I took one with milk and a cookie at bedtime and slept pain free all night—and every night since then. It is almost miraculous.
We are intrigued by your story. Studies show that turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. We have heard from readers that it may increase the risk of bleeding in combination with Coumadin, an anticoagulant used as a blood thinner.
THE PEOPLE’S PHARMACY
Favorite Food #20: Cherries
There’s a reason for the adage “Life is just a bowl of cherries.” But probably not even Ethel Merman, when she sang the famous song with this title back in 1931, could have guessed at all of the remarkable and life-enhancing properties of this delectable fruit.
Cherries can literally put the spring back in your step. Research indicates that people who suffer from arthritis or plantar fasciitis may benefit considerably from the proven anti-inflammatory properties of cherries.1 A study from several years ago found that as little as ten ounces of cherries a day decreased inflammatory markers in the blood.2
Tart cherries contain anthocyanin compounds that inhibit enzymes called COX-1 and COX-2. These are the enzymes targeted by anti-inflammatory drugs like Celebrex, diclofenac, and ibuprofen, so it is not surprising that cherry juice appears to alleviate pain.3 One reader who suffered from arthritis pain in the hip and knees reported, “I took tart cherry juice every morning and saw results after the third week. I have used tart cherry juice for over one year now, and I am pain free!”
Sweet cherries also appear to reduce the high uric acid levels that cause gout,4 and they have been shown to be quite effective at relieving pain caused by this often agonizing condition. We’ve also heard some anecdotal evidence that cherries may help fibromyalgia sufferers soothe discomfort and pain.
For people who don’t love the taste of cherries or for those who are concerned about the high sugar and calorie content of juice, it is also possible to buy cherries in the form of supplements. Two companies that sell capsules are Brownwood Acres, which sells CherryFlex, available at www.cherryflex.com, and Fruit Advantage, available at www.fruitadvantage.com or at 877-746-7477.
The next time you’re thinking about popping a pain pill for sore joints or for aching feet, consider trying cherry capsules instead. You may find some sweet relief.
Joe Graedon & Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy: Quick & Handy Home Remedies, published by National Geographic