Grapefruit seed extract, sometimes referred to as citrus seed extract, is primarily derived from the pulp, seed and the white membrane of the grapefruit. Natural preparation of this extract is done by grinding the seed and the juiced pulp and then mixed with glycerin. There are hundreds of commercially available preparations of the grapefruit seed extract because there are just too many uses for it. In this article, you will find the 11 extremely useful grapefruit seed extract uses. Read on because you just might find something useful.
1. It is an effective cleaning agent.
Originally, grapefruit seed extract was marketed by Dr. Jacob Harich for its cleansing abilities. Through the research conducted by Drs. Steven Otwell and Wayne Marshal, it was found out that grapefruit seed extract is effective against eradicating bacteria, parasites and fungi that may be present in fruits, vegetables, poultry, fishes and meats.
2. It helps in weight reduction.
Recent studies including grapefruit seed extracts and its effectivity in weight loss are surfacing. These studies demonstrate that this extract is an effective muscle energizer that helps in enhancing energy production and exercising ability. In one study, rats were placed in a 14-hour fasting before they were fed lard (one group with grapefruit seed extract and the other without).
After 5 hours, it was found out that those fed lard with grapefruit seed extract had lower levels of fatty acids, glycerol and triglycerides in their blood. The calories went to two places. The grapefruit seed extract stimulated the production of ATP in the muscle and it also enhanced the stimulation of BAT, which is how the body converts calories to heat.
3. It treats candidiasis.
Candidiasis is caused by Candida albicans, which is an opportunistic pathogen. They may be present in the digestive and urogenital tract in trace amounts and they will not cause any illnesses provided that the immune system is in check; but what happens when you become immunocompromised? These pathogens cause candidiasis.
Grapefruit seed extract is effective in treating candidiasis. For chronic and severe cases of Candida imbalance in the gut, a grapefruit seed extract should be taken as a one-week cleansing diet. For vaginal yeast infection, grapefruit seed extract may be used as vaginal douche.
4. It fights prostate cancer.
There are published studies that were able to identify and synthesize the B2G2 compound present in grapefruit seed extract that helps fight prostate cancer cells.
5. It lowers cholesterol.
Grapefruit seed extract helps the body control cholesterol levels by increasing the HDL (good) cholesterol levels and decreasing the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
6. It reduces diabetic retinopathy.
In the article published by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), there are small randomized clinical trials that showed grapefruit seed extracts having beneficial effects on diabetic retinopathy.
7. It helps in the treatment of colorectal cancer.
Studies conducted by researchers from the CU Cancer Center were able to find significant effects on Stage IV colorectal cancer. Grapefruit seed extract is able to fight cancer cells to prevent further cancer progression.
8. It lowers blood pressure.
Since grapefruit seed extract is able to halt atherosclerosis and balance cholesterol levels, it helps regulate blood pressure. Similarly, grapefruit seed extract also directly lowers blood pressure by significantly decreasing systolic and diastolic blood pressure. This is made possible by the Polyphenolics’ MegaNatural-BP ingredient that the researchers from the University of California were able to identify.
9. It relieves symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.
Several studies have showed that certain compounds present in grapefruit seed extract is able to combat debilitating symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when the veins have difficulty sending the blood from the extremities back to the heart.
10. It is an effective antioxidant.
Grapefruit seed extract has antioxidants that help prevent cell destruction secondary to highly reactive molecules (free radicals) that affect cell function. Although preliminary studies show positive effects, more research should be conducted.
11. It promotes hair growth.
For a head full of hair, the OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) present in grapefruit seed prevents DHT production. DHT is one of the main factors of hair loss. Additionally, these OPCs also encourage healthy hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. It also helps in regulating blood circulation that results to more nutrition and oxygen and ultimately promote healthy growth of hair.
Do you find any of these extremely useful benefits of grapefruit seed extract applicable to you? Make sure that you consult with your physician first before you include it in your daily regimen.