Oh the humble grapefruit. Who would have thought! Did you know the seeds are where the magic happens. Powerful polyphenols are contained within the grapefruit seeds, and are responsible for its ability to kill infectious agents. Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) was discovered in 1972 by Jacob Harich, an American immunologist, and is a well-researched supplement. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of grapefruit seed extract.
Both patients and doctors can attest to its incredible success in treating fungal infections. It is used to treat a myriad of other conditions as well. GSE comes from the seeds, membranes, and pulp of grapefruit. It can be used in a variety of ways, and comes in many delivery forms; capsules, tinctures, liquid, and powder. It can be taken internally or used topically.
This versatile supplement is a nutritional powerhouse, containing many nutrients, including antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Taken with vitamin C, GSE greatly boosts its potency and effectiveness. It is very nourishing to the body, and a well-nourished body has a well-functioning immune system.
Benefits Of Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract Is A Powerful Antimicrobial
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) contains powerful polyphenols – limonoids and naringenin – that eradicate infections of all kinds. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is non-toxic, and is said to be effective against 100s of viral and bacterial strains. GSE is well-known for it’s use in fungal infections, and is also used for parasite eradication. It is especially effective against the fungal infection, Candida. Fungus, or yeast, is a normal part of a healthy inner ecosystem, but becomes problematic when immunity is compromised, and from antibiotic overuse.
Fungal infections are estimated to affect up to 70 percent of the population. They are so prevalent that they are the predominant infection underlying most disease states. Fungus has the ability to change forms, making it particularly dangerous. In patients with compromised immunity, such as, those suffering from AIDS or cancer, it can be the actual cause of death.
Due to its strong anti-fungal properties, GSE, used in conjunction with a Candida diet, helps combat yeast infections. GSE is a powerful alternative to antibiotics. Bypass the side effects of prescription drugs by using this natural antimicrobial. It is even safe enough for babies to use.
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GSE Is Great For Digestion
Digestive problems are rampant in today’s society. Low stomach acid is one likely cause of poor digestion. GSE acidifies the stomach, aiding in the digestion, and absorption of critical nutrients. The ability to knock out infections is likely another reason GSE improves digestion. Rarely, do those with compromised digestion correlate their symptoms with an infection.
When the infection is cleared, however, many symptoms decrease. This suggests that an infectious agent was the underlying cause of the distress. GSE has been shown to be effective against gram-positive and gram-negative strains of bacteria. It is suggested to take a high-quality probiotic if GSE is taken long term.
A Remedy For UTIs
GSE is not only effective for intestinal and topical fungal infections, but is also useful for urinary tract infections. As anyone can attest who suffers from this annoying condition, UTIs are painful, happen frequently, and are generally just a nuisance. If left untreated, they can lead to serious kidney infections.
Since UTIs tend to happen frequently, antibiotic resistance becomes an issue. Natural alternatives, like GSE, are useful for killing bacterial UTIs, and the fungal infections that so often accompany them. GSE has been found to eradicate organisms, such as, E. coli and staphylococcus saprophyticus – both thought to cause UTIs. Unlike antibiotics, GSE does not kill good bacteria.
Conditions Grapefruit Seed Extract Can Help
- Acne and Rosacea
- Cold and flu viruses
- Athlete’s foot
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Sore throats
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Warts and lice
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How To Treat Sinus Infections With GSE
GSE works wonders for sinus infections. Add a few drops of GSE liquid and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to a glass of warm water. You can use a Neti pot or plastic syringe to irrigate the sinuses with this solution. This will kill bacterial and fungal infections and reduce congestion, pain, and pressure. Grapefruit seed extract is also used as a remedy for pet maladies. Add a couple drops to your dog’s daily food bowl to aid with digestion, boost immunity and decrease allergies.
GSE is a powerful supplement. It’s safe, it works, it’s economical and has no harmful side effects. Not only is it antimicrobial – it is used for water purification, as an antiseptic, a purifier, and is safe to use with pets.
Have you used GSE? Let me know in the comments:)
(1) NCBI: The effectiveness of processed grapefruit-seed extract as an antibacterial agent: II. Mechanism of action and in vitro toxicity
(2) NCBI: Aspects of the antimicrobial efficacy of grapefruit seed extract and its relation to preservative substances contained
(3) PubMed: Grapefruit see extract effectively inhibits the Candida albicans biofilms development on polymethyl methacrylate denture-base resin
(4) Medical News Today: What are the benefits of grape seed extract?
(5) ResearchGate: The Effectiveness of Processed Grapefruit-Seed Extract
Disclaimer: This article is strictly for informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice.