Gin Soaked Raisins

Imagine if you could soak golden raisins in some alcohol, faithfully eat a few every day, and be cured of your RA.  Wouldn’t that be great?

There are, unfortunately, many people pushing this crazy idea.  Newly diagnosed patients who are searching for a cure hear this one and decide to give it a try instead of trying the treatment recommended by their doctors.  The rheumatologists I’ve asked had never heard of this “cure” so didn’t realize it’s something they even need to address.

What’s astonishing is that so many websites attempt to explain how this could possibly work:  chemicals in the raisins, chemicals in the juniper berries…  If you read their explanations, though, it becomes apparent that if this works at all, it would act like an NSAID.

If NSAIDs worked to cure RA, then people who took ibuprofen for years would not have had progressive joint damage and ended up permanently disabled, confined to a wheelchair within 5-10 years of their diagnosis.  If anti-inflammatories worked to cure RA, then there would have been no reason for pharmaceutical companies to research new and more effective drugs. DMARDs would never have been discovered because they wouldn’t have been needed.

Place golden (white) raisins in a shallow bowl.  Cover with good gin made from juniper berries and allow to soak for two weeks.  The gin that doesn’t soak into the raisins should evaporate.  Store in a sealed jar.  Eat nine of these raisins per day to cure arthritis.

Don’t we all wish it were that easy!

This does not work.  Nobody is cured of rheumatoid arthritis by eating gin soaked raisins.  In fact, many RA medicines make the liver work overtime, so doctors recommend NO alcohol.  People who want to try gin soaked raisins can’t try this along with their scientifically based RA treatment, so they must try it instead of treatments that have a proven track record.

Early, aggressive treatment is recommended for RA.  Do not risk further damage to your joints and organs by being sidetracked into trying crazy ideas that don’t work and could hurt you in the long run.


NSAID:  Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
(ibuprofen, motrin, aleve, naproxen, feldene, daypro, mobic, etc)

DMARD:  Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug
(methotrexate, plaquenil, sulfasalazine, gold, etc)

RA:  Rheumatoid Arthritis
(a systemic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s healthy joints and organs; not to be confused with OA, osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage cushion at a single joint starts to wear away)


A few of the places you can read about gin soaked raisins on the web:

Fox News

People’s Pharmacy

About Dot Com

Healthy Body Daily


Drunken Raisins

Gin Raisins Arthritis

Annie’s Remedy

Henriette’s Herbal Homepage

Associated Content from Yahoo

eZine Articles

Food Dot Com

24 Medica

Healthcare Veda

Home Remedies

Your Inner Voice

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7 thoughts on “Gin Soaked Raisins

  1. Sigh. I guess I can relate to how people feel when they get “the news” and it would be great if it were this easy. Maybe, too, it is like eating the worm in tequila… it just makes you care less that you have what can become a debilitating condition

  2. While tasty, the gin-soaked raisins did absolutely nothing for my RA, not even providing pain relief. And yet I ate them because it quieted the voices of certain family members who were absolutely certain that they would help. *sigh* So glad that’s over with.

  3. I’ve always wondered why those who suggest these miracle remedies to us don’t accept that we’ve already researched and discounted them. Don’t they understand that we want to get rid of this disease far more than they do? I’ve a dear friend–a Christian Scientist–who is convinced that I’d be cured if only I’d explore more natural remedies. I also get the feeling that she thinks my RA is mostly in my head.

    If only. I’ve tried many natural remedies and “cures” over the course of my 24 years with RA. None of them have had even a small effect.

    Thanks for another well-written and informative post, Socks. I hope you’re feeling well and enjoying the run-up to Thanksgiving. 😉

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  6. i’ve read many many posts of people with results from this remedy. i know it doesnt work 100% of the time but the scientific basis and the chemical compounds in the gin soaked raisins are sound. the medications that my girlfriends rheumatologist gives her dont seem to offer any relief. drug companies want people to keep buying “treatment” medications that they have to take every day for the rest of their life instead of finding alternative remedies. i’d also like to know what a christian scientist is? is that like a giant shrimp? or an unpopular celebrity?
    she has suffered with this for so long and i feel like doctors arent going to prescribe something that will actually help because then they’d be out of business.

    • It is frustrating trying different combinations until one works. If you can document the soundness of gins-soaked raisins, please provide a link to a credible source. I have searched and been unable to find anything. Additionally, the use of alcohol is contraindicated with many RA meds, so a person would have to pick one option or the other, not both. I’d have to disagree with you on the motives of physicians, but it’s great that we can all have our own opinion and still get along 😉

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