Golden Raisins & Gin for Arthritis – An Old Folklore Recipe: Why Might it work?

October 28, 2023 5 mins to read

You may have heard of an old folklore remedy for arthritis using golden raisins and gin. Well As an integrative nutrition student and proponent of natural remedies, I wanted to dig further…so in this article I look into into the science of why this old remedy might or might not work. Let’s start by discussing the nutrient content of both golden raisins and standard gin, and then delve into the possible connections with arthritis.

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Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins | Recipe


  • 1 cup of golden raisins (make sure they are not overly dry)
  • Enough gin to completely cover the raisins (preferably one with real juniper berries)


  1. Preparation: Take a clean, sterile glass jar with a tight-sealing lid.
  2. Adding Raisins: Place the golden raisins into the jar, ensuring they are evenly spread out.
  3. Pouring the Gin: Slowly pour the gin over the raisins, making sure all the raisins are submerged.
  4. Sealing and Storing: Seal the jar tightly. Leave it in a cool, dark place and let the raisins soak for about 1-2 weeks, allowing the raisins to absorb the gin.
  5. Consumption: Once ready, the folklore recommends taking 9 of these gin-soaked raisins daily (but not more than this specified amount).

Note: Remember to always consult a health professional and book an appointment, with me before trying this recipe. Especially if you have health concerns or are on medication.

Golden Raisins Nutrient Content

  • Golden raisins are dried grapes, specifically from the green Thompson seedless variety.
  • They are a good source of energy, mainly due to their sugar content.
  • They provide essential vitamins and minerals including (but not limited to): potassium, iron, and B-complex vitamins.
  • They contain antioxidants, including phenols and flavonoids.
  • They have trace (small) amounts of resveratrol, a type of natural phenol found in grape skin known for it’s anti-aging properties

Standard Gin Nutrient Content

  • Gin is an alcoholic beverage made from the distillation of grain or malt and flavored predominantly with juniper berries. Juniper berries are a key ingredient in this remedy.
  • Gin itself doesn’t have a lot of nutrients, but it does contain alcohol and trace compounds from its botanicals.
  • Juniper berries are known to have various compounds including essential oils, flavonoids, and tannins.

What is Arthritis?

Now, let’s talk about arthritis. Arthritis, in its various forms, is characterized by inflammation of one or more joints. There are different types of arthritis, but most involve some form of inflammation often accompanied by pain in the joints.

Golden Raisins & Gin: Folklore or Science?

At first look the connection between golden raisins, gin and arthritis seems more folklore than scientific. After all how could consuming such an absurd recipe daily, actually work? Like, Isn’t alcohol bad for you? But if we did a bit further there is some science behind why this old Remedy might just work. Here’s a potential breakdown of how it might work:

1. Juniper Berries & Raisins

Both raisins & juniper berries (in gin) have compounds that may exert anti-inflammatory effects. For example, the antioxidants in raisins can help combat oxidative stress, which is often linked with inflammation. Similarly, juniper berries have been traditionally used for their anti-inflammatory properties. So opt for a high-quality gin known for its juniper content.

2. Alcohol & Arthritis

Some studies suggest that moderate alcohol consumption might reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and can have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, excessive alcohol consumption has detrimental effects on health and can exacerbate certain types of arthritis.

3. Sulfides

Golden raisins are treated with sulfur dioxide to maintain their color. Sulfur compounds are sometimes used in alternative treatments for arthritis. For example Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur compound that may decrease joint inflammation, by providing sulfur for production of other chemicals. And may reduce production of substances, like cytokines that promote inflammation. MSM can also act as a scavenger for harmful free radicals, helping to neutralize them. Some clinical studies show MSM can greatly reduce pain and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis, but more research is needed.


Golden raisins contain essential nutrients like b-vitamins, potassium and antioxidants. Alongside juniper berries, both have anti-inflammatory effects. Sulfur is used to treat golden raisins and is also used in alternative treatments for arthritis. One example, MSM research shows can greatly reduce pain and stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis…

Looking closer the nutrient content of Gin & Golden Raisins, it’s clear there is some scientific reasoning, as to why this old folklore recipe might work. However testimonials are insufficient, and the remedy lacks studies or research to support it. Alcohol can also be quite toxic to the liver in excessive amounts. If you are suffering from arthritis, and nothing seems to work, this age-old remedy may provide some relief, for that reason it may be worth considering.


It’s important to note that scientific evidence supporting the use of gin-soaked raisins for arthritis relief is limited. Most of the anecdotes and testimonials don’t meet rigorous scientific standards for proving efficacy. Before trying any alternative remedies, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional. They can provide guidance on evidence-based treatments and advise on the safety and potential interactions of alternative approaches.

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