Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on
Grapefruit Seed Extract is a liquid substance extracted from the fruit and seeds of grapefruit.

Grapefruit seed extract comes from the fruit and seeds of grapefruit, the sub-tropical citrus fruit that grows all across the world. Many cultures, from South America to Europe and Asia have used grapefruit seed extract as a tool to cleanse harmful organisms, among many other health benefits. [1]

Why is Grapefruit Seed Extract So Powerful?

Grapefruit seed extract is rich in nutrients and phytochemicals. It’s a great source of plant antioxidants; one of which includes hesperidin, a natural immune system stimulator. [2] [3] Grapefruit seed extract also contains vitamin C, sterols, tocopherols, citric acid, limonoids, and trace minerals.

Grapefruit Seed Extract and Harmful Organisms

Multiple studies have found grapefruit seed extract to be effective against most types of internal and external harmful organisms, including candida. [4] Grapefruit seed extract is gentle enough to use as a wash for fruits and vegetables, but strong enough to replace chlorine as a water purification agent. [5] [1] Very few other natural substances can compare.

Other Health Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

Grapefruit seed extract has a multitude of uses and just as many benefits. It’s even an important ingredient in NutraCool®, my topical cream for stiff and sore muscles. Other uses include…

Chemical analysis of grapefruit seed extract shows high amounts of antioxidants.
  • Encourages wounds to heal.
  • Supports normal lipid profiles, likely due to the presence of naringin. [6]
  • Excellent remedy for toenail fungus. [3]
  • Effective, natural preservative for cosmetics.
  • Encourages heart health. [7]
  • Helps alkalize the body.
  • Useful for pets, can be used to discourage fleas and skin conditions.

Have you used grapefruit seed extract to improve your life? Leave a comment below and share your story with us.

References:

  1. Skye Weintraub. The Parasite Menace. p.160.
  2. Armando C, Maythe S, Beatriz NP. Antioxidant activity of grapefruit seed extract on vegetable oils. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 77 (4): 463–7. 10.1002/(SICI)1097-0010(199808)77:4<463::AID-JSFA62>3.0.CO;2-1.
  3. Earl Mindell. Earl Mindell’s Supplement Bible. p. 69.
  4. Heggers JP1, Cottingham J, Gusman J, Reagor L, McCoy L, Carino E, Cox R, Zhao JG. The effectiveness of processed grapefruit-seed extract as an antibacterial agent: II. Mechanism of action and in vitro toxicity. J Altern Complement Med. 2002 Jun;8(3):333-40.
  5. Donald Goldberg, Arnold Gitomer, Robert Abel. The Best Supplements for Your Health. p.185.
  6. Gorinstein S, Leontowicz H, Leontowicz M, et al. Changes in plasma lipid and antioxidant activity in rats as a result of naringin and red grapefruit supplementation. J. Agric. Food Chem. 53 (8): 3223–8.
  7. Cerda JJ, Robbins FL, Burgin CW, Baumgartner TG, Rice RW. The effects of grapefruit pectin on patients at risk for coronary heart disease without altering diet or lifestyle. Clin Cardiol 11 (9): 589–94.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Brooke Martin

    I bought grapefruit seed extract to make my own baby wipes at home (copycatting a popular brand). I’ve decided to drink some to help me get better from a sore throat and sickness I have. I also have acid reflux and recently tummy cramps, so I’m wondering if it will help in those areas too! Thanks!

  • Chris

    I have used GSE for many years and take it with me when I travel. I use it for those times when after a meal at a restaurant you come home and feel something you have eaten is not quite sitting well, and your stomach is rumbling or you have cramps. I drop 12-15 drops in a small amount of water ( 1 oz) and drink it quickly. Be sure to have another small glass of juice or water to chase it down because the flavor in its concentrated form is very bitter. Don’t let the flavor stop you because the result will be immediate relief which is well worth it! It relieves your discomfort in minutes. I plan to never be without this stuff! My husband has used it with the same result.


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