Fruit pectin is essentially insoluble fiber found in skins of citrus fruits and apples, as well as in the cell walls of other fruits. Grapes are also considered fruits with large amounts of antioxidants with cholesterol and heart friendly elements. Pectin was largely used in the making of jellies and jams and was commercially available. With the discovery of other supplementary health benefits, Certo is now often used in arthritis, inflammation and joint pain treatments.
People with arthritis often experience excruciating pain in their joints and toxicity from pain killers taken to relieve the pain. Pectin for joint pain relief and other issues proved to be highly effective as it has fewer side-effects. Certo, which is manufactured from pectin for jams, has also been shown to have an effect on inflammation when mixed with fruit juice such as grape or apple juice. The use of Certo and grape juice for arthritis is becoming a popular remedy. There is no medical information to prove this assertion, but Certo mixed with grape or pomegranate juice is known to alleviate arthritis. Despite the apparent benefits of Certo, it may have side-effects when it combines with citric acid. Sodium benzoate is a part of Certo and becomes a carcinogen when it combines with citric acid.
Some studies disagree with the benefits because there is no scientific evidence that pectin helps with inflammation. Drinking added pectin may not be good for a person’s body. There is no recommended dosage of Certo or how much a person should have during the day. The fact that there are no recommended dosages presents its own set of complications. There is the matter of drinking so much grape juice – which is a fruit rich in sugar. ‘Ready-made,’ grape juice tends to have added corn syrup or sugar. All of these factors pile up the calories one glass of grape juice may contain.