Grapefruit Seed Extract

Simple facts:

1. It has an extraordinary ability to perform both (internally and externally) against a wide variety of known or unknown harmful viruses, bacteria, funguses and parasites.

2. According to health experts in both the human and animal fields it is at normal recommended doses a gentle yet potent antimicrobial that kills the germs while it preserves the integrity of your intestinal bacteria. Without these beneficial bacteria life many health problems occur.

3. Also there is no evidence that any pathnogenic bacteria has ever built up a resistance to the extracts active ingredient (citricidal) which causes death to the cell by disruption the pathogenic organisms cytoplasmic membrane.

4. It has been well established by countless labs and independent studies that it has been safely used for many years for both humans and animals and for elderly, babies and people with compromised immune systems and has also be shown by people who have taken the extract everyday (5 to 10 drops) for several years for prevention to have caused no known side effects.

5. There should be no concern about interactions with cholesterol lowering drugs as the extract contains less than 1% of the compounds found in fresh grapefruit juice or from eating grapefruits.  Check with a certified health practitioner to be sure.

6. It doesn't appear to be allergenic, but if a person has a citrus allergy a patch test may have to be done.

7. Some people even report it helping with weight loss and that it gave them more energy. This may be due to killing off yeast or other pathogens.

8.It is an extremely effective natural nontoxic broad-spectrum disinfectant wash and preservative for meats, fish, poultry, fruits, berries, vegetables, etc. It will kill multiple fungus, viruses, bacteria, or parasites within-15-20 seconds. Can also be used when sprouting seeds.

9. It does not alter the flavour or smell of the foods when used at the recommended dosages.

10. For produce it can be applied right to harvest, then thru the shipping, storage and handling phases also.

11. It is a biodegradeable, botanical extract made from the seeds and pulp of grapefruit. The extract contains such elements as bioflavonoids, amino acids, saccarides, and ascorbic acids. It also contains minerals like phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium along with the B group vitamins.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does GSE damage intestinal flora?

The answer is a qualified no. Even though there isn�t clinical studies to prove it, all the feedback from consumers, doctors, veterinarians and others is to the effect that GSE does not damage the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract at normal doses. HealthSmart Nutrition's herbalist also empahsizes supplementation with acidophilous and other so-called probiotics.

2. Can Germs Become Resistant to GSE as they can to antibiotics?

There is no evidence that any type of micro-organism has ever developed a resistance to grapefruit seed extracts. In fact it is believed that such resistance is not possible because of GSE's mode of activity. Because GSE actually disrupts the cytoplasmic membrane, changes in genetic make-up in the pathogenic organism would be irrelevant. What is still not known is how GSE can be effective against viruses, inasmuch as a virus has no cell membrane of its own.

3. What about rumours of Chemicals in GSE?

Newsgroups and email groups have received postings to the effect that GSE contains Triclosan, Benzelthonium Chloride, or Methyl Paraben. The source of this type of report comes from both Sweden (Here is the PubMed reference to the German Report) and Japan, where Citricidal is not approved for human consumption. A more recent attack on GSE can be found at this link.The reason is that Citricidal is very similar in molecular weight to both Benzelthonium Chloride and Triclosan, both of which are effective disinfectants, but are toxic to human and animal life. In Germany their test for BC, Triclosan, and M.Paraben comes up positive(which is more correctly called a "false positive") and in Japan, the same is happening for Triclosan. USDA found benzelthonium chloride in its 2001 test. Was this a simple error or a deliberate attempt to scare people away from Grapefruit Seed Extract products?

Meanwhile, Citricidal a brand of GSE has been tested for the presence of these toxins by independent labs, and has been proven clean. (Ex: Weston Gulf Coast Laboratories, Inc., University Park, IL, test completed in March of 1992. Tested for heavy metals, Cyanides, Pesticides and PCBs and Benzelkonium Chloride. Results: None Detected.)

The truth is, GSE is not only effective, it has been in use for many years. If these allegations had any validity, there certainly would be a history of complaints and judgements against the product, and it would have been removed from the market many years ago. Triclosan has recently been compared to "Agent Orange" in toxicity. The EPA rates triclosan as "highly toxic.

Such rumours are false, and are not a threat to those armed with accurate information. The test reports from Germany and Japan and the USDA are certainly bothersome, but they have produced "false positives", not accurate profiles. The vast body of evidence from many years of use by thousands of satisfied consumers, doctors, manufacturers, and veterinarians, speaks most loudly against such reports. (The German report, linked above, does suggest that some suppliers of "GSE" may, in fact, be fraudulent. But New Roots GSE has been proven, safe, and effective.)

4. How long can I safely take grapefruit extract?

Grapefruit extract is not like pharmaceutical antibiotics where a set number of days treatment is specified. You can safely take GSE over a long period, if needed, without any worry of toxicity. There are reports of people taking GSE every day for years(as a preventative) without side-effects of any kind. Also, a long-standing parasite infection could take quite some time to overcome. Don't give up!

5. "I'm taking medication for high blood-pressure\ high cholesterol. Will GSE interfere?"

There are no reports of any drug interactions or contraindications of any kind. There is a danger in drinking fresh grapefruit juice or eating grapefruits when taking certain medications (consult your doctor). Grapefruit seed extract contains 0.1% or less of the compounds that increase absorption of certain medications. Consult your physician.

6. Why haven't I heard about grapefruit extract (GSE) before?

Most of the advertising about GSE is by word-of-mouth. Also, consumers are overwhelmed with information from Drug companies and doctors who have little or no interest in botanical remedies.

7. What is the 'shelf-life' of products containing grapefruit extract?

Batches stored up to six years old, Have tested every bit as potent as a current batch. GSE is extremely stable. The products will remain stable for an indefinite period, as long as they are not contaminated in some way.

8. How much GSE can I take, safely?

10 to 15 drops of GSE liquid at a time may be plenty. If you want to treat a condition aggressively, increase frequency of treatment up to 5 times per day. Keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way. What's important is to bring the solution into close proximity with the problem. For example, take a small amount internally and gargle when faced with a sore throat. Take internally and douche, if faced with a candida yeast infection. Take internally and apply topically for poison ivy or a fungal infection.

An "Acute Oral-Toxicity Study" was performed on citricidal (which is a more concentrated GSE product) in compliance with government standards by an independent lab, and showed that you could consume an enormous amount of pure extract without adverse effects, but it isn�t recommended.

9. Is it safe for pregnant women? babies? children?

According to the Association of Poison Control Centers, the AMA Physician Reporting System, and the Journal of Emergency Medicine, there have been no reports that GSE in any form has ever harmed anyone. In fact, there are thousands of clinical and anecdotal reports that various brands of GSE have helped many, including young and old, and enjoys a safety record going back more than thirty years. Perhaps the question should be asked, 'Is it safe to harbor pathogenic organisms?' or 'Is it safe to take antibiotics during pregnancy?' Of course, each one must weigh carefully the risk/benefit ratio of any treatment.

Read the following letter to the Townsend report on thrush, babies, and GSE.

Dr. Jay Gordon, M.D.: Candida diaper rash and thrush stopped

January 30, 1996

The Townsend Letter
To the Editor:I am writing to you because I know that your readers are always interested in new and better ways to treat patient's problems.

Like most other pediatricians and family physicians, I have seen many children with candida diaper rashes and oral monillasis. Treating rashes and thrush with nystatin preparations is not always successful and many parents strongly object when they read the label and see what I've asked them to put into their baby's mouth three times each day for a week or two or more.

I began using grapefruit seed extract about five years ago after a mother in my practice told me about her success in using an extremely dilute(a few drops to three or four ounces of water) solution to treat a yeast infection in her baby. the results were wonderful and the families in my practice were very happy to listen to a much more natural suggestion for curing this very common problem. The parents are very pleased to be using a product which is not only more naturally derived but is also free of the additives found in nystatin products; they are tired of all the artificial colors and sweeteners.

My first experience was with a thirteen-month-old baby who had transferred to my practice after multiple courses of antibiotics to treat an ear infection. The otitis media was finally in remission, but the bright red candidiasis in the diaper area was causing as much distress to the infant and her parents as had the ear infections. I recommended that they add five drops of Grapefruit extract to four ounces of water and leave it on the changing table to wash the baby's bottom as part of each diaper change. A miraculous overnight cure did not occur, but within a few days the rash was receding and infection was gone within another week. A second similar adventure with a two-year-old boy convinced me that I was onto something.

I have used the same dilute solution to treat refractory diaper rashes and oral yeast infections in many children and I'll continue to look for new uses for what I regard as an innocuous, natural antimicrobial.

I have found this weak citrus solution to be completely safe for even the very youngest babies in my practice. (I once tried putting an undiluted drop on my own tongue and learned a valuable lesson which I pass on to all the parents about taking great care in diluting the extract.)

...I now recommend it (grapefruit extract) at least three or four times each day for fungal and minor bacterial infections...

Jay N. Gordon, M.D.
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Has GSE been tested?

Yes. View the partial list of labs that have tested below since 1974

ABC Research, Gainesville, Florida

Abcom Chemie Co., Seoul, Korea

Alpha Chemical and Biomedical Labs, Petaluma, CA

AquaLandis Inc., Canada

Analytical Chemical Services Inc., Columbia, Maryland

Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Bioassay Systems Corp., Woburn, Massachusetts

Bio-Research Laboratories, Redmond, Washington

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

British Columbia Research Corp., Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Coopemontecillos Division Pesca, San Jose, Costa Rica

Daiwa Kasei Chemical, Tokyo, Japan

Department of Health and Human Services, FDA, Washington, D.C.

Department of Food Technology, Gycongsang Nat'l Univ., Chinju, Korea

East Chilliwack Agricultural Co-op, Chilliwack, B.C., Canada

Great Smokies Labs, Asheville, North Carolina

Florida Department of Agriculture, Tallahassee, Florida

Hazelton Labs, Madison, Wisconsin

Hilltop Research Inc., Miamiville, Ohio

ImuTech Inc., Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania

Indonesian Government at the Nat. Center for Fisheries, Jakarta

Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

Irvine Analytical, So. San Francisco, California

Journal of Food Sciences

Journal of the Korean Agricultural Chemical Society

Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Lancaster Laboratories, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Northview Pacific Labs, Berkeley, CA

Silicon Valley Chemlab Inc., Tampa, Florida

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Hyattsville, Florida

United States Testing Co., Hoboken, New Jersey

Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico

Universidad National Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru

University of California, Davis, California

University of Florida, Food Services Dept., Gainesville, Florida

University of Nebraska

University of So. Florida, Dept. of Biology, Tampa, Florida

University of Texas Medical School, Galveston, TX

Valley Microbiology services, Palo Alto, California

Weston-Gulf Coast Laboratories, University Park, Illinois