Grapefruit and GSE.Function and Application of Grapefruit seed extract.
- Botanical Basic Data of Grapefruit.
- Origin and Distribution of Grapefruit and Grapefruit Seeds?.
- Grapefruit Extract: What is GSE?.
- Production and processing of Grapefruit Extract.
- Function and Application of Grapefruit seed extracts.
- Dosage,Safety and additional comments of GSE?.
- Application of GSE in Pure Dish Wash?.
- External Application of GSE.
- Household uses of GSE.
- Function and Application GSE in slim formula.
- New, artificial grapefruit odorants.
- Frequently asked questions of GSE.
- Introduction of Naringin: Grapefruit's Fat Burning Accelerator.
- How Search Engine think about Grapefruit.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract Applications.
- Research Update:Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Frequently asked questions of GSE.:
1. What is Grapefruit Seed Extract?
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a broad spectrum antimicrobial compound synthesized in a unique process from the seeds and pulp of grapefruits. The final product is a combination of naturally occurring elements including bioflavonoids, amino acids, fatty acids, saccharides, phenolic compounds, tocopherols, ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid.
2. What is the history of GSE?
GSE was discovered in 1976. Its commercial use soon began in the agricultural industry where it was used as a mold inhibitor and in the cosmetic industry as a preservative. It has been sold in health food stores and by health practitioners for almost a decade.
3.Doese GSE have other names?
It has several different names depending on the manufacturer. GSE has been sold under the name of "Standardized Extract of Grapefruit", "Grapefruit Extract", "Citrus Seed Extract", "Bioflavonoid Concentrate", as well as "Grapefruit Seed Extract".
4.In what forms can i find GSE?
GSE comes in two forms-liquid and powder. The liquid is more versatile and perhaps a little more effective, and since it has a bitter taste is usually added to fruit juice or herbal teas before being consumed. The powder is encapsulated, but if desired, can be opened and put into food or drink, and has an acceptable taste.
5. What is GSE used for?
GSE has a wide variety of uses. It has gained a reputation as being supportive for people with digestive upsets, flus, colds, and sore throats. It has been recommended by several leading medical doctors/authors for relief of symptoms associated with yeast imbalance. A wide array of topical applications also exist. It is recommended by nutritionists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other health practitioners as an effective alternative product in their practice.
6.What applications have developed for grapefruit extract?
Animal feed:Grapefruit extract acts as a mold inhibitor. Grapefruit extract acts as an anti-parasitic compound. It is effective between 100 ppm and 1000 ppm depending on the target organism ("bug").
Agriculturical:Grapefruit extract is reported to work as an effective bactericide. It has been applied in pre- and post harvet treatments. The dose range applied has been between 50-250 ppm.
Cosmetic and personal care:Grapefruit extract works as an antimicrobial in cosmetic and personal care products. The dose range applied has been between 1000-10,000 ppm. Grapefruit extract works as a cleaning agent in personal care products.
Food:Grapefruit extract can function as a preservative. Grapefruit extract has antioxidant properties. The dose range applied has been between 10-250 ppm.
Therapeutic:It has been used for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Refer to The Authoritative Guide to Grapefruit Seed Extract for more details.
Water treatment:Grapefruit extract can serve as a disinfectant for contaminated water. The dose range applied has been between 50-250 ppm.
External Use: GSE can be used externally as a disinfectant for both intact skin and to prevent infection in wounds. A study in Brazil found it to be 100% effective (at 100ppm) for skin disinfection when used as a pre-surgical prep compared to an effectiveness rate of 72% for alcohol and 98% for commercially available surgical soap.
Internal Use: GSE can also be used internally to treat chronic infections. It is often recommended at a rate of 3 times per day. Dosage should not exceed a total of 1500mg per day.
Nasal spray: Spray or use an eye-dropper to get several diluted drops into each nostril, and then swing the head quickly forward and down (so head is upside-down), forcing the liquid up into the nasal passages. Use up to six times per day.
Douche: GSE is added to one pint of water. Use twice a day as a douche for up to a week, in the treatment of yeast infections.
7.How does grapefruit extract work?
Amino acid uptake:Grapefruit extract interferes with amino acid uptake in microbes.
Cell membranes:Grapefruit extract produces disorganized cell membranes in microbes. Grapefruit extract causes leakage of small molecules out of the microbes.
8.Is Grapefruit Extract effective against anthrax?
This is no longer a "frequently-asked-question" with the anthrax scare well behind us for now. However, there is some exciting news: a study entitled "Combating Anthrax: The Anti-Infective Armamentorium" has been published in the Journal of Burns and Wounds in December, 2004. This study establishes that GSE is an effective topical treatment for anthrax. This Journal is also available online, at www.journalofburnsandwounds.com. The authors are J.P. Heggers, R. Goodheart, A. Chopra, and J. Peterson, associated with the Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, and Shriners Burn Hospital, Galveston, Texas. GSE also destroys bacillus subtilis, a spore that causes food spoilage and is a cousin of the anthrax spore, bacillus anthracis. Laboratory tests required only 2 ppm concentration to inhibit B. subtilis.
Serious efforts have been made for years to get the F.D.A. to register GSE(E.P.A. has been petitioned also). Both agencies have consistently ignored the petitions. This is most unfortunate, as there are literally thousands of people who can testify to the effectiveness of GSE against hundreds of harmful pathogens, including some very dangerous drug-resistant strains. It is certainly encouraging to see this current research published in a well-known, peer-reviewed journal of world-wide repute.
9.Does GSE damage intestinal flora?
The answer is a qualified no. Even though we don't have 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. We are also highly in favor of supplementation with acidophilous and other so-called probiotics. .
10.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 Citricidal or Nutribiotic grapefruit 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.
11.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. We have 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!
12."I'm taking medication for high blood-pressure. Will GSE interfere?"
We have 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 extract contains 0.1% or less of the compounds that increase absorption of certain medications. Consult your physician.
13.Is GSE made from the seeds and pulp of grapefruit?
Yes. Originally made from seeds only, it was discovered that a reasonable amount of the same active ingredient could be extracted from the pulp, also.
14."How do I use the powder concentrate of GSE?"
For measuring accuracy in small doses, we recommend using the liquid concentrate. 1/16 teaspoon of powder concentrate is equivalent to 10-12 drops of Nutribiotic liquid(or 3-4 drops of Citricidal? professional strength), the recommended adult dose. So, generally speaking, just a small pinch at a time for various applications is plenty. This would be a handy way to add a little GSE to the washing machine, batch of potting soil, or wherever a dry preservative agent is needed. Our powdered extract is a very fine mesh powder that will mix well with any dry ingredients, including protein powders, corn starch, body powders, etc. The drying agent in Citricidal? Powder GSE is an inert, insoluble compound called silicon dioxide. (Much of the powder concentrate being sold is going to manufacturers of encapsulated products, cosmetics makers, and those who are adding it to animal feed of various types.)
15.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 Citricidal in any form has ever harmed anyone. In fact, there are thousands of clinical and anecdotal reports that Nutribiotic and Citricidal 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.
16.Which diseases will it cure?
Citricidal 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, everytime. 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.
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