Are there any risks to using a Certo and grape juice combination for pain relief?

Published: July 23, 2013

I recently read something that concerns me for this home remedy. I'm wondering if it is true and cause for concern. I've been able to stop using a prescription pain reliever (Ultram) in favor of Certo and grape juice. The information stated that the sodium benzoate used in Certo as a preservative, when combine with vitamin C, produces benzene, a carcinogen. Thanks for any comment.


I consider the Certo/juice combo to be dramatically less toxic than the medications or the pain. It is amazing nowadays how the media likes to make people neurotic about literally everything. Personally, I would enjoy the certo and juice.

Dr T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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