Grapefruit Seed Extract
An extract of grapefruit seeds. The grapefruit seed extract we use has been shown via third-party testing to be free of the potentially dangerous contaminants triclosan, benzethonium chloride, and benzalkonium chloride.
Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits
1) Fights Candida
Grapefruit seed extract is on my candida diet treatment plan for an excellent reason. Candidiasis, commonly referred to as “candida,” is a fungal infection that can affect men and women of all ages in various parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.
A Polish study published in 2001 found that a 33 percent grapefruit extract has a potent antifungal effect against Candida albicansstrains taken from patients with candida symptoms. GSE’s antifungal properties help it combat candida infestations by killing the yeast cells taken over in the body.
2) Kills Antibiotic-Resistant UTIs
A noteworthy case study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicinein 2005 found that grapefruit seeds were highly effective in killing antibiotic-resistant urinary tract infections. The study looked at several patients treated with grapefruit seeds (Citrus paradisi) orally for two weeks. The dosage was five to six grapefruit seeds every eight hours.
Within those two weeks, all patients responded satisfactorily to the treatment minus one. However, this patient initially had the bacterial UTI resistant to three different antibiotics, but after taking grapefruit seed, there was a reversal of the antibiotic resistance pattern. Although a small human study, the data points toward the antibacterial ability of dried or fresh grapefruit seeds being comparable to proven antibacterial drugs, making it an effective home remedy for UTIs.
3) Remedies Fungal Infections
Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection sometimes mistaken for tuberculosis that’s caused by Histoplasma capsulatum or H. capsulatum, a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when spores become airborne (usually during cleanup or demolition projects) or from dirt contaminated with the droppings. The majority of people who acquire histoplasmosis are symptomless and never even know they’re infected, but some may develop flu-like symptoms lasting around 10 days.
For people with weak immune systems, chronic diseases, or for infants, histoplasmosis can be severe. About 500,000 people are exposed to H. capsulatumeach year in the U.S.
A recommended alternative treatment for this fungal infection is grapefruit seed extract at a dosage of 100 milligrams (capsule) or five to 10 drops in water three times daily. It’s recommended for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Since GSE likely helps make the immune system stronger, it can help provide symptom release for fungal infections like histoplasmosis.
4) Relieves Athlete’s Foot and Nail Fungus
Athlete’s foot is a skin disease that usually occurs between the toes and is caused by a fungus. As a natural treatment for athlete’s foot, you can try applying full-strength grapefruit seed extract to the problem areas two to three times per day. It shouldn’t take too long to have the itching, burning, and general unpleasantness of athlete’s foot.
You can also use GSE as an alternative to tea tree oil to treat toenail fungus. Paint the extract on the infected nails twice a day until you see improvement.
5) Treats Digestive Disturbances Associated with Eczema
Eczema is a common skin disorder that often has links to food choices and digestive issues. One preliminary human trial investigated the effectiveness of grapefruit seed extract on atopic eczema patients who also had intestinal dysbiosis, a microbial imbalance, or maladaptation in the digestive tract. All patients showed severe atopic eczema, including bleeding lesions over the face, limbs, and trunk, while 14 of 25 also had intermittent diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, intestinal rushes, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Subjects received either two drops of a 0.5 percent liquid concentrate of grapefruit seed extract twice a day or 150 milligrams of encapsulated grapefruit seed extract (ParaMicrocidin®) three times a day. After a month, all of the subjects taking capsules experienced significant improvements in constipation, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, and night rest, while 20 percent of the subjects taking the liquid experienced substantial improvements in their negative digestive symptoms. The extract was most effective against Candida, Geotrichum sp.and hemolytic E. coli. There were zero side effects during the entire study.
6) Works as a General Antimicrobial
Grapefruit seed extract benefits can be experienced when taken by mouth for bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, including yeast infections. But there are also many grapefruit seed uses that don’t involve ingesting the extract. Due to its antimicrobial activities, grapefruit seed extract is commonly included in many throat sprays, nasal sprays, ear drops, mouthwashes, toothpaste, shower gels, wound disinfectant sprays, and other personal care products. Instead of using unnatural and synthetic preservatives, many natural companies turn to grapefruit seed extract to preserve a product by killing unwanted bacteria.
Other antimicrobial uses of grapefruit seed extract include:
- In laundry — to kill fungi and bacteria, add 10 to 15 drops of oil to the final rinse
- In carpet cleaners — to kill pathogenic organisms
- Sterilizing and disinfecting operating rooms
- In nebulizers — one drop GSE to one-ounce saline water for control of respiratory infections
- In humidifiers — three to four drops per gallon of water to prevent algae growth
- As a better preservative than most chemical preservatives currently on the market
- Disinfecting surfaces — when mixed with water in a spray bottle, it’s great to disinfect cutting boards and other kitchen and bathroom surfaces
- In hot tubs and swimming pools — GSE is added to lessen the need for high levels of chlorine
- Farming — farmers use the extract in animal feed and water to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, 1 or 2 capsules three or four times daily with meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Use for up to three months, reduce intake if stomach irritation occurs.
Do not exceed daily intake of 1500 milligrams.
Keep in a cool, dry place, tightly capped. Variations in product color may occur.
Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, L-leucine.