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posted January 26, 2009 03:51 AM           Edit/Delete Message
(not to be confused with grapefruit extract or grape seed extract)

I've had a bottle of this (in liquid form) on hand at all times for years. It carries many benefits and can be used in a variety of different ways. I even use it in my laundry and as a facial wash (never use full strength on skin). It's powerful, stronger at killing micro organisms than bleach. It's like an antibiotic and all natural. Safe for pets too.

Thought I'd pass along some info.


Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

1. Broad Spectrum

Grapefruit seed extracts main advantage is it's extraordinary ability to perform both (internally and externally) against a wide variety of known or unknown infections caused by viruses, bacteria, funguses and parasites.

2. Grapefruit seed extract is alkalizing.

Grapefruit seed extract helps alkalize the body. It is considered one of the most alkaline forming foods and of all fruits it is the most alkalizing. Alkalizing the body (raising pH) is one of the single most important health regeneration benefits available.

Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment within the body. It is claimed that cancer dies in a pH of 8.0. Countless other conditions are caused by an acid environment within the body. These same conditions are effectively treated by restoring the proper pH.

Grapefruit seed extracts pH is a low 2.0. Don't let this fool you as acid foods have alkaline effects on the body. The problem comes when you eat food that is acid forming such as meat, sugar and most grains. This food creates and acid environment within the body.

Most degenerative diseases are associated with your body pH. Your body pH is one of the most important aspects to consider when trying to overcome a serious illness and to maintain good health. The list of diseases caused from improper pH is a mile long. Cancer and most other diseases cannot exist in an alkaline environment. The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5.

3. Beneficial Bacteria

Grapefruit seed extract stimulates the immune system. (According to Doctors and Veterinarians) grapefruit seed extract (at normal doses) is gentle yet preserves the integrity of your intestinal bacteria. Without these beneficial bacteria life could not be sustained.

4. Drug Resistant Bacteria

To date there is no evidence that any type of pathogenic microorganism has ever built up a resistance to grapefruit seed extracts active ingredient. Due to the mode of its activity it is believed that this resistance is impossible as grapefruit seed extract disrupts the organisms cytoplasmic membrane.

5. It can be taken for long periods of time without toxic side effects.

There are reports that people have taken grapefruit seed extract every day for several years (as a preventive) without side effects of any kind. However we do not recommend grapefruit seed extract for long term use!

6. GSE is hypoallergenic (non-allergenic).

Dr. Allen Sachs points out that about 3 to 5 per cent of all people are allergic to citrus fruit and could therefore also display a sensitive reaction to grapefruit seed extract. These people should start with a low dosage and perform a patch test to be sure.

7. It can be used for humans and animals including pets (fish, reptiles, birds etc).

All living creatures great and small have benefited from the use of grapefruit extract.

8. Grapefruit seed extract is a multipurpose product used for countless applications.

Pet Health - Internal and external conditions and infections, skin conditions, mange, fleas, etc.

Household Uses - Vegetable wash, counter tops, cutting boards, laundry cleaner, etc.

Travel Uses - Grapefruit extract is used against water and food borne illnesses, diarrhea, dysentery, etc.

Gardening Uses - Tool cleaner to remove fungus, mold. As a bug spray, plant spray and more!

9. Wound Healing

Grapefruit seed extract is extremely good for fast healing of scar tissue associated with many types of wounds (even big ugly scars).

10. It is Very Economical to Use!

Grapefruit seed extract is very effective at low concentrations therefore a little goes a long way as most applications only require a few drops per dose. Our 1.5 oz bottle contains 900 drops of potent Triple Strength grapefruit seed extract. Triple Strength averages around 3-5 drops per dose.

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posted January 26, 2009 04:00 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance derived from the seeds, membranes, and the pulp of grapefruit. Used as a broad-spectrum, non-toxic, antimicrobial product, it is known to be highly effective for fighting infection and promoting health. GSE is used as a purifier, antiseptic, and preservative. Even in studies comparing its effectiveness to chlorine bleach, isopropyl alcohol, and colloidal silver, GSE has been found to be superior as an antimicrobial.

By 1990, holistic health practitioners in the United States began to understand how GSE could benefit the health of their patients. This accelerated Dr. Harich's scientific credibility. In 1995, Dr Harich was the guest of honor at Europe's leading AIDS research center, the Pasteur Institute of France, due to research showing the effectiveness of GSE against AIDS. Farmers in Europe, due to GSE's effectiveness against Salmonella and E.Coli in animals, also honored Dr. Harich.

All over the world, GSE has been used for killing a wide variety of bacteria (such as: Salmonella, E.Coli, Staph and Strep germs), viruses, herpes, parasites, and fungi, including Candida. It is effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, as well as a large number of single-cell and multi-celled parasites. It has also proven to be effective against food poisoning and diarrhea. Many professionals, such as doctors, veterinarians, farmers and consumers praise its value and effectiveness.

GSE has no harmful side effects, along with being economical. Whereas most germ inhibiting components found in seeds can be toxic to humans and animals, the grapefruit seed has compounds that convert into a form that not only retains its antimicrobial properties, but also is non-toxic.

(full article can be read here: ) fits-of-Grapefruit-Seed-Extract/

Whether in liquid or capsule/tablet form, GSE can be effective for both internal and external use. Check the milligram count on the side of the bottle, based on the number of capsules per dose.

A typical capsule of GSE may have a concentration of 100mg or 125mg. This would mean that one capsule is equal approximately to ten drops of the 50/50 liquid concentrate. This is a good "rule of thumb" to follow when converting the dosage between liquid and capsule/tablet. As always, if you have any questions, it is best to consult with your alternative health care practitioner.

According to Dr. Sachs' book "The Authoritative Guide to Grapefruit Seed Extract", a variety of other ailments can be helped by GSE, such as:

Acne - Add a concentration of 1% to 3% to skin care products. Avoid contact with eyes. After cleansing the face, apply 2 to 3 drops of GSE to moistened fingertips, and massage gently in circular motions for one minute. Rinse with cool water. The bacteria-killing properties and cleansing action may cause a tingling sensation.

For internal cleansing, add 10 - 15 drops of GSE to juice, three times a day.

AIDS - An increasing number of HIV positive people are able to improve their immune system by using GSE to fight viruses, bacteria, fungi, Candida, or parasites. For these patients, however, it may be best to start with a more diluted concentration, so the body can adjust more easily to the detoxification process. Be sure to check with your health care provider.

Athlete's foot - The commercially prepared foot powders, creams, and sprays that contain GSE have been shown to be beneficial for athlete's foot.

Colds, flus, viruses - Take 10 - 15 drops, or 1 - 2 capsules/tablets, 3 times a day, at the first signs of cold or flu. Or mix 50 drops in 1 quart of juice, and sip throughout the day.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - To generally build up immune system, gradually increase GSE amount to the recommended dosage for colds, flus, and viruses.

Cold sores, cuts, wounds - Use 1 - 5 drops in 50 drops of water. Frequent application of solution to wound will promote faster healing.

Gums (Gingivitis) - Dilute 5 to 10 drops of GSE in 6 to 8 ounces of water, and rinse mouth with solution thoroughly.

Dandruff - Add a few drops of GSE to each application of shampoo. Wait five minutes before rinsing. DO NOT get in eyes. Remember, GSE is acidic.

Diarrhea - Use 15 to 20 drops in juice every four hours; no more than 60 drops per day. For parasites, higher doses may be necessary.

Earaches - There are commercially prepared eardrops, which can be found at the health food store, containing GSE. Do not use GSE concentrate directly in ears.

Parasites - Parasites affect the majority of people. They become more of a health problem as travel and contamination of food, and water, increase. Stay disciplined, with 3 to 5 doses per day. Parasite infections that have occurred for a long period of time will take more time to cure. Be patient.

Sinusitis - Using a spray atomizer, add a pinch of salt, and no more than two drops of GSE. Shake and spray into nose. Repeat every four hours. If the solution is too mild, add one or two more drops of GSE and shake. Do not use this treatment with young children.

Sore throats - Dilute a few drops in water and use as a gargle. This will fight even Strep germs. Use approximately 2 to 3 drops in 5 ounces of water for the gargle.

Traveler's Diarrhea (Montezuma's Revenge) - Use 1 - 2 drops of GSE in a glass of water each day as a preventative.

Ulcers - Use 1 capsule dissolved in 12 ounces of juice or water, and take with one meal per day. If no stomach irritation occurs, increase dose to two, and then three meals per day. Maximum dose can be increased to 6 tablets (dissolved in liquid) per day.

Water purification - Add 10 to 25 drops of GSE, per gallon of water. Shake and let stand for several minutes. The water will have a bitter taste to it, due to the GSE.

Cleansing produce - Add a few drops to the water used for washing produce. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. This will help destroy any Salmonella or E.Coli bacteria.

Pets - GSE is an excellent remedy for skin disease, external injuries, fungal infections, parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Also, helps bad breath when added to drinking water.

Use 1 drop of liquid, or 10 milligrams of powder, per 10 pounds of body weight. Frequency of dosage can be increased by 2 or 3 times, without side effects.
GSE is also used as a disinfectant. Many believe it is one of the most powerful germ killers and deep cleansers available. Fortunately, though Grapefruit Seed Extract is great at killing germs, when it is mixed in soap and cleansing products, it will not harm the skin or the environment.

Dr. J.A. Botino, from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, tested GSE against alcohol and found GSE to be 100% effective (at 100ppm) for disinfecting skin before surgery. That was compared to the 72% effectiveness of alcohol, and the 98% effectiveness of surgical soap, when used as a scrub for one minute.

Other Uses of Grapefruit Seed Extract
Used in the laundry, it kills fungi and bacteria. Add 10 - 15 drops in final rinse.

Used in carpet cleaners, it is effective in killing Staph, Strep, Salmonella and other pathogenic organisms.
Used for sterilizing and disinfecting operating rooms.
Used in nebulizers (1 drop GSE to one ounce saline water) for control of respiratory infections.

Also, used in humidifiers (3 - 4 drops per gallon of water). This works for preventing algae growth in any stagnant water.

Better preservative than most chemical preservatives currently on the market

When mixed with water in a spray bottle, it is great for disinfecting cutting boards and other kitchen (or bathroom) surface areas.

Used in hot tubs and swimming pools to lessen the need for high levels of chlorine.

Farmers use it to add to animal feed and water, in the attempt to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases.
Other positive points to note about GSE:

GSE can be taken without worrying about toxicity levels. Reports tell of people who have taken GSE for years without any side effects.

Though, there does not seem to be any drug interactions with GSE, be aware that some medications react with grapefruit juice by increasing the absorption rate of certain pharmaceuticals. Check with a pharmacist or medical practitioner, if you are on medications.

GSE has a very long shelf life. Even batches of GSE that are six years old still test as potent as a fresh batch. Most GSE products do not carry an expiration date, because it is very stable and remains so unless contaminated in some way.

GSE's extensive list of healing and disinfecting properties, makes this product an important addition to everyone's medicine cabinet, vitamin shelf, and assortment of disinfectants, whether traveling or at home. Rather remarkable that all these known benefits were discovered as a result of one very inquisitive young scientist asking "what makes a grapefruit seed so bitter?"

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posted January 26, 2009 04:30 AM           Edit/Delete Message
∙Grapefruit seed-extract is used in humans to battle many types of internal and external infections caused from single and multi-celled parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria (

∙The greatest benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is due to its multipurpose effect. Grapefruit seed-extract remains effective even if the cause of an infection is identified, misdiagnosed, or unknown. Grapefruit seed-extract naturally detoxifies, enhances and supports the immune system.

∙Another important benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is that it alkalizes the blood. Alkalizing body fluids can be defined as raising the pH level. Raising the pH level is an important health regeneration benefit; because disease causing microforms, such as parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment.

∙Grapefruit seed-extract is also claimed to be a natural alternative to strong antibiotics, without callous side effects (
∙Most degenerative diseases are associated with one’s pH. One’s pH is an important aspect to consider when trying to overcome a serious illness and maintain good health. Most diseases cannot exist in an alkaline environment. The pH of a healthy person is 7.5.

∙Recent testimonials report grapefruit-seed extract, to be effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of single and multicelled parasites. It was evident that grapefruit seed-extract disrupts the bacterial membrane and liberates the cytoplasmic contents within 15 minutes after contact even at more dilute concentrations (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 521).

∙Another experiment was performed on the effectiveness to kill the bacteria salmonella. An aqueous solution of 0.1% and 0.5% grapefruit seed-extract was evaluated by spraying for reducing salmonella attached on chicken skins. The results showed that the numbers of salmonella on the chicken skins after the chemical spraying were significantly lower than those without spray (J Food Prot 272).

∙Another test of antibacterial and antifungal activity of grapefruit seed-extract was examined against 20 bacterial and 10 yeast strains. Grapefruit seed-extract produced the strongest antimicrobial effect against Salmonella. Other tested bacteria and yeasts were sensitive to extract concentrations (Acta Pharm 243).

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posted January 26, 2009 04:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message
NutriBiotic is the brand I get.

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posted January 26, 2009 04:39 AM           Edit/Delete Message
What's Wrong With Antibiotics?

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posted February 02, 2009 02:28 PM           Edit/Delete Message

I'm just sipping my GSE drink. 20 drops in juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange. No colds or flu for me, thank you very much.

No hesitation. No regret. No looking back.

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posted February 02, 2009 08:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message

The say you don't need to but you may want to pick up some acidophilus or a good all around probiotic to keep your flora alive, well and balanced. Just like you should do after taking an antibiotic.

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posted February 02, 2009 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Azalaksh     Edit/Delete Message
I've never explored this one before!!
Wondering about your comment to get a probiotic: Does it kill/reduce the good bugs in the gut as well as the bad bacteria??

Thanks T

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posted February 03, 2009 12:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi Z! Well, I keep reading it won't harm your good bacteria, but someone once told me it could and to take a good probiotic anyway. So, I don't know, but it's potent stuff, so just in case, you may want to.

My dad had a weird rash/fungus on his toenails and feet (thankfully it wasnt catchy) and he was given a medication for it that didnt help. He tried other things too, but it stuck with him for years. I made a GSE extract, water and aloe vera gel mixture for him to try. He later told me he was rubbiing the GSE on straight from the bottle every morning, even though I told him youre supposed to dilute it before putting it on skin. Anyway, he was amazed that after only a few days it started clearing up (so was i). After about two weeks it was gone for good. He thought he would never get rid of it.

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posted February 03, 2009 12:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Nutri-Biotic also makes a GSE Skin and Wound spray, that I believe has lemon extract and tea tree oil in it? You could also make something similar on your own. My dad would cut himself often without realizing it (had thin skin) and i got him that to spray on and his wounds never got infected.

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posted February 03, 2009 12:26 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Just thought of something else; I'm sure it would work superbly on household mold problems. As stated above:

"it is known to be highly effective for fighting infection and promoting health. GSE is used as a purifier, antiseptic, and preservative. Even in studies comparing its effectiveness to chlorine bleach, isopropyl alcohol, and colloidal silver, GSE has been found to be superior as an antimicrobial."

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posted February 04, 2009 04:38 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Probiotics are probably a good idea. Thank you, I'll keep it in mind.

Great to hear about other uses I hadn't thought about. Thank you for sharing.

No hesitation. No regret. No looking back.

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posted April 14, 2009 10:57 AM           Edit/Delete Message
*bumping for a friend*

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posted October 21, 2010 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message
Bumping for later. I found this on a google search for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and this site.

I've been dealing with most of the symptoms listed on the mayo clinic site, for years now:

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posted October 23, 2010 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T     Edit/Delete Message

Hope it helps!

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