Last Modified on Jan 05, 2015
An antioxidant-rich compound, grapefruit seed extract can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Delivering a bright, citrus aroma and flavor, grapefruit seed extract is a known immune booster that supports a variety of metabolic functions as well. With its first documented medicinal use in 1972, grapefruit seed extract has only grown in popularity as an effective health supplement.
What is Grapefruit Seed Extract?
Also known as GSE or citrus seed extract, grapefruit seed extract is a derivative of the seeds, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit. The liquid, when made naturally, is rendered by grinding the grapefruit seed and pulp until finely pulverized. Once this has been achieved, glycerin is added to the mixture.
GSE is sold individually as a food supplement and is also used as a natural additive in cosmetics and other beauty products. Citrus seed extract is considered an antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial agent.
Health Benefits of Citrus Seed Extract
Derived from the citrus fruit, grapefruit seed extract has a variety of positive applications. The healthful liquid is an effective treatment option with a wide range of nutrients and benefits.
A great source of vitamin C, citrus seed extract also contains fiber, potassium and pectin. As such, the extract has powerful antioxidant effects on the body. Additionally, the powerful liquid contains bioflavonoids that function to boost and support the immune system. GSE also boasts a variety of other nutrients including sterols, tocopherols, citric acid and trace minerals.
Its active components work together effectively to provide a variety of health benefits. The extract’s use options range from serving as a natural antiseptic to preventing cancer and treating fungal infections. Likewise, the liquid is known to treat sinus, vaginal and skin infections, reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent and treat colds and the flu and eliminate head lice.
As the substance works to alkalize the body, it naturally stabilizes the body’s pH level, which serves as a crucial part of health renewal. Grapefruit seed extract also possesses a variety of other beneficial nutrients that make it an especially effective treatment for a wide range of conditions.
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[YEA] This site is wonderful and I'm grateful for you all guys who help keep it alive. We should spread the word about how we can cure a lot of ailments with simple methods. The pharmaceutical industry is all about money and are not always for real help or real health!!
After doing some research on the internet I decided to try grapefruit seed extract. I read that it can do many wonders and I was eager to try it after reading all those "wonders". I'm surprised that this website doesn't mention this natural remedy yet. You can google it and read a lot of good things about it!
For many years whenever I washed my teeth I had bleeding gums and one of my front teeth was very sensitive because of the receding gums. Also I noticed that some of my teeth started to become loose! I'm only 36 years old and want my teeth to last a lifetime. For 3 months now I put just one drop of grapefruit seed extract on the toothpaste before brushing me teeth and believe me or not from the very first brush of this kind I have absolutely no bleeding of the gums at all! What's more, my gums look and feel healthy, no sensitive tooth and no moving tooth either! On top of this, in the morning when I get up my breath still feels fresh because of that one drop of grapefruit seed extract that I put on my toothpaste the previous evening.
I have tried many uses of this wonder product and have had very good results. Namely, my 4-year old boy came home from nursery with itchy and red toes, scaling skin between the toes. I guess it was a fungus infection. They often play around barefeet and therefore prone to infections between the toes. I put one drop of grapefruit seed extract into a bit of the usual nappy cream that I've been using for my two young children - and mixed it well. Then applied the cream generously between and around all his toes. The itchiness immediately subsided and the skin gradually healed and did not cause any complaints after that. I used the cream mixed with the grapefruit seed extract once a day, in the evening, after bath, for 4 days. My son's friend who goes to the same nursery had similar complaints and they had several visits to the doctor and had some expensive creams prescribed to cure his ailment. It was a fungus according to the doctor.
And that reminds me, I had nail fungus a year ago when I didn't know about grapefruit seed extract. My big toe was yellow and it even had a bit of black "line" in it. It did not cause concern only aesthetically but I knew it could get worse. I soaked my feet in water mixed with white vinegar for several days. I noticed that when my toe was growing it was of the healthy pinkish colour, and gradually the yellow colour and the black spot was gone. It took several months though as nail on the toe grow very slowly. I still soak my feet in vinegar water after using a public pool as a preventive measure.
I heard that grapefruit seed extract can equally well cure fungus of the toes. Also, some people recommend it to use it for headlice. Headlice can occur in schools and kids bring it home. Its cure is expensive and the shampoo applied to kill the lice is very toxic. Just one drop of grapefruit seed extract in the usual shampoo and voila - headlice gone. This is not my own experience though but I think it is worth a try!
Cheers from Andrea, - a Hungarian woman currently living in the Gulf
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