Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) was discovered to have intense antimicrobial and antifungal activity while showing no toxicity to humans or animals. GSE is widely recommended by healthcare practitioners for the treatment of external and intestinal yeast infections. The active ingredient in GSE is a natural quaternary compound synthesized from the seed of grapefruit. Since the original discovery of the antiseptic qualities of grapefruit seeds, the essential active ingredients of GSE have also been extracted from the pulp and rind of the grapefruit as well as from other citrus fruits. Consequently, GSE is sometimes now referred to as Citrus Seed Extract (CSE), and sometimes just Citrus Extract.
GSE has a wide variety of uses ranging from individual health care, to household cleaners, to water treatment. GSE is available in bulk from some firms (up to 500 LB. drum) for commercial, agricultural, and industrial use by product developers, cosmetics manufacturers, farmers and veterinarians, soap makers, etc.
GSE is made by first converting grapefruit seeds and pulp into a very acidic liquid. This liquid is loaded with polyphenolic compounds, including quercitin, helperidin, campherol glycoside, neohelperidin, naringin, apigenin, rutinoside, poncirin, etc. The polyphenols themselves are unstable but are chemically converted into more stable substances that belong to a diverse class of products called quaternary ammonium compounds.
Some quaternary compounds, benzethonium chloride and benzalkonium chloride, for example, are used industrially as antimicrobial, but are toxic to animal life. The B vitamin choline is also a quaternary compound, but is nontoxic and even essential for maintaining healthy neurological function and fat metabolism.
GSE features the best of both worlds: the quaternary compounds derived from grapefruit exhibit broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity, while evidencing none of the toxic side-effects of chemically derived quaternaries.
The finished product is a viscous, yellow-amber colored liquid that features a taste that is both bitter and acidic. Pure vegetable glycerin is added to reduce the bitterness and acidity to a tolerable level and to reduce the possibility that incidental contact could cause irritation to the skin or mucous membranes.
Extensive testing done at independent laboratories and universities around the world has proven the GSE to be safe for human consumption. It is effective against pathogens because it belongs to a family of compounds known as quaternary compounds. This family is best known for benzylkonium chloride and benzylthonium chloride as well as the infamous Quaternium group, a very toxic antimicrobial preservative used in the cosmetics industry. While Grapefruit Seed Extract is molecularly similar to these compounds, there are some profound differences in structure and function. The extract has tested effective against hundreds of bacteria and fungi, and even some viruses. Studies done to date indicate that there is little danger in either short-term or long-term internal use.
GSE, as a natural extractive, is listed as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) under the Code of Federal Regulations as 21 CFR 182.20. GSE has been tested for safety in both humans and animals, and does not harm the environment. GSE is also considered non-corrosive.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is used by healthcare professionals worldwide for health concerns requiring the use of an ingestible or topical, nontoxic antimicrobial. GSE Kills Strep, Staph, Salmonella, E. coli, Candida, Herpes, Influenza, parasites, and fungi. GSE has been laboratory tested against and found to be effective against the following microorganisms:
The preceding list demonstrates that GSE is effective against Candida as well as common protozoal intestinal parasites such as Giardia lamblia. GSE has been tested and found effective in lab studies against hundreds of pathogens, but we cannot guarantee a cure for anything. And we're not claiming that GSE works for everyone, every time. There are countless herbal, homeopathic, and allopathic remedies that may be indicated. Still, GSE continues to be the "Swiss-army-knife" of both prevention and cure.
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. Some people have taken 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!
GSE is diluted with vegetable glycerin to make a liquid concentrate. This yields a very potent and stable compound that is less likely to cause irritation when label instructions are not followed.
10 to 15 drops of GSE liquid at a time may be plenty. The 125 mg tablets are the equivalent of 10-15 drops of liquid. 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 an external fungal infection.
An "Acute Oral-Toxicity Study" was performed 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 we don't recommend it.
Grapefruit Extract can be used as an emergency water treatment of broad spectrum application, with no side-effects like chlorine or iodine preparations. Kills Strep, Staph, Salmonella, E. Coli, Candida, Herpes, Influenza, parasites, and fungi. If water is known to be contaminated, use more, but if not, just a few drops (10 to 20 drops GSE) per gallon should suffice -- let stand before drinking. You can also take internally as a prophylactic: 10-12 drops of GSE 2 or 3 times per day, will protect you.
One clinic in Southern California has reportedly acquired GSE to use in their inhalators for the control of respiratory infections "five people that I know have now successfully used GSE in a nebulizer to rid themselves of lung and bronchial infections. In all five cases, the symptoms disappeared in less than a day. Four of the five were children with chronic infections unaffected by antibiotics prescribed by their doctor. This method was first tried by a respiratory therapist I know at a local hospital. She was amazed ...... probably more than most because that's her living. Here's the formula: 1 drop GSE in one ounce saline water (for nebulizers). I couldn't tell you if the saline is absolutely necessary, but that's what she gave me." D.G.
Since GSE is safe for consumption, it is well suited for animal uses. The tablets can be added to the animal’s food.
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