Supplements having grapefruit seed extract is taking the industry by storm. There are various studies, including those that are conducted by several highly reputable institutions that exploit the wonders of this citrus fruit. Even the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) admitted that they are studying the effects of grapefruit seed extract in preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and treating colorectal cancer. Although there are many worst diseases that grapefruit seed extract can cure, it is also an effective and natural cleaning agent.
In this article, you will learn how grapefruit seed extract can be used as a cleaning agent and what types of pathogens they are able to combat. Read on and learn.
What are the pathogens that are killed by grapefruit seed extract?
- Salmonella. An experiment was done on the effect of grapefruit seed extract to salmonella bacteria. A mixture containing 0.5% grapefruit seed extract and 0.1% aqueous solution was sprayed onto chicken skins and evaluated. Results showed that the level of salmonella bacteria on chicken skins were significantly lower in those that were sprayed with grapefruit seed extract than those without.
- Escherichia coli. Being a normal intestinal flora, E. coli should not be completely eradicated in the gut. In an experiment, it was found that grapefruit seed extract successfully inhibited E. coli without harming the good bacteria, Bifidobacteria. Researchers concluded that the recommended doses of grapefruit seed extract provides beneficial effects when cleansing the gut. However, higher doses may significantly disrupt the beneficial flora.
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Myobacterium species
- Haemophilus influenza
- Candida albicans. Candida is typically present in the gut and urogenital tract in tolerable levels. However, once there is an imbalance, there would be symptoms. To treat imbalances in Candida levels, it is recommended that a one-week cleansing diet be undertaken. The diet should restrict intake of foods rich in sugar and starch, cigarette, coffee, fermented food items and alcohol. It must also follow these proportions:
- 65% low starch and high fiber vegetables such as celery, broccoli, radish and asparagus that should be taken raw or steamed.
- 20% high protein food items like fish, nuts, eggs, antibiotic free fowls and tofu.
- 10% complex carbohydrates such as millet, beans, rice, quinoa and buckwheat.
- 5% fresh fruits like grapefruit, pineapple and all types of berries.
Adhering to this diet prevents the bad effects of “Herxheimer reaction,” which may cause headache, nausea and fatigue. The detoxification process for acute candida imbalance may use the above mentioned diet along with grapefruit seed extract immediately and should last for at least three to four weeks.
• Vibio cholera
• Chlamydia trachomatis
• Legionella pneumophilia
• Trichomonas vaginalis
• Helicobacter pylori
• Influenza A2
• Measles virus
• Herpes simplex 1
In what way does grapefruit seed extract kill these microbes?
According to the study conducted by Heggers et al entitled The Effectiveness of Processed Grapefruit Seed Extract as an Antibacterial Agent: II. Mechanism of Action and In Vitro Toxicity that was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2002), grapefruit seed extract destroys bacteria by destructing the cell membrane of the bacteria that releases the cytoplasmic contents. It is said that a 1:256 dilution is toxic and bactericidal but a 1 :> 512 dilutions is non-toxic and still bactericidal.
A Recipe for Gut Cleansing Treatment
Ideally, grapefruit seed extract should be taken in between meals for higher efficacy. If individuals find it that they have gut irritation upon consumption of the extract, they should take it with meals or in capsule (powder) form. Please note that the following dosages are based on a 150-lb. individual, adjust accordingly.
- 1st to 3rd day: 10 drops of 50/50 dilution in a diluted fruit juice two times a day or 125 mg capsule two times a day.
- 4th to 10th day: 15 drops two times a day or one 125mg capsule three times a day.
- 11th to 28th day: 15 drops three times a day or two 125mg capsules two to three times a day.
A Recipe for Vaginal Cleansing Treatment
- Prepare about 16 ounces of distilled or filtered water (room temperature).
- Add 16 drops of grapefruit seed extract.
- Shake well.
- Use as a douche once a day for three consecutive days.
- Repeat the procedure every five days.
Please note that if vaginal irritation persists, you should adjust the dilution to five drops in a pint of water. It should also be discontinued if menstruating or when pregnant.