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Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits

written by: Diana Cooper • edited by: BStone • updated: 8/24/2010

Grapefruit seed extract benefits include treating a number of infections. Learn more about this and know if there are any side effects of grapefruit seed extract that you should be concerned about.

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    Grapefruit Seed Extract

    Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits and Side Effects Grapefruit seed extract, also referred to as citrus seed extract, is prepared from the seeds, pulp, and membranes of the grapefruit (by-products of the juice). It was originally developed by a nuclear physicist, Dr. Jacob Harich, in 1972. Since then, it has been used for human and animal health, skin care, and cleaning purposes. It is claimed to be non-toxic, quickly bio-degradable, and environmentally safe.

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    Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits

    Grapefruit seed extract has been shown to be effective against bacteria (including Escherichia coli, Staphyloccus aureus, Salmonella typhi, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Klebsiella pneumoniae), viruses, fungi, and parasites. However, according to this research[1], only commercial preparations that contain synthetic preservatives (like benzalkonium chloride - a common synthetic antimicrobial used in cleaning products) were shown to have this benefit. No antimicrobial activity was detected with all-natural products.

    Unlike antibiotics, grapefruit seed extract, if used correctly, does not harm "good" bacteria or become resistant to microorganisms.

    Grapefruit seed extract benefits many conditions, including:

    • colds and flu
    • sore throat
    • ear infections
    • sinus infections
    • intestinal parasites
    • yeast infections
    • allergies
    • peptic ulcers
    • cold sores
    • thrush
    • toothaches
    • gingivitis
    • acne
    • dandruff
    • head lice
    • cuts and scrapes
    • minor burns
    • insect bites
    • eczema
    • shingles
    • warts
    • athlete's foot
    • corns
    • nail fungus

    Use as directed (it can be taken internally or used externally).

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    Side Effects of Grapefruit Seed Extract

    There are no reported side effects of grapefruit seed extract. In the United States, it is labeled as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).

    There are concerns about products that contain synthetic preservatives.

    If you are allergic to citrus fruits, you should exercise caution when getting the benefits from grapefruit seed extract.

    If taking medications, consult with your health care provider before using.

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    References

    [1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10399191

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