Grapefruit Seed Extract
GSE or Grapefruit Seed Extract has been recognised for it health benefits for a relatively short period of time when compared to other natural remedies. Studies in the 1970′s first highlighted its potential to treat infections including Candida Albicans.
Later studies by the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine in the 1990′s discovered that it was able to out perform many antibiotics and fungicides and did so without the damaging side effects normally attributed to them. GSE in normal doses is a natural, non-toxic supplement.
Grapefruit Seed Extract has a broad range of health benefits that will support your general long-term health beyond treating your Candida infection. GSE contains a wide spectrum of vitamins that support you immune system and improve liver function, guarding against damage caused buy the toxins released during the die-off phase of a Candida cleanse.
How does Grapefruit Seed Extract help treat Candida Albicans?
The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine studies in the 90′s found GSE “highly effective against different yeasts and molds (Candida, Geotrichum, Aspergillus and PeniciIlium sp)”. GSE works in a similar way to other antifungals to fight the Candida yeast cells and create an environment that is diffircult for the yeast infection to spread in.
Grapefruit Seed Extract also contains a number of immune supporting plant chemicals called bioflavanoids. One of these is called Hesperedin and naturally enhances the repair of cells and thus aids the recovery of your digestive tract during the diet plan. The extract also has a acidic pH profile and contains Vitamins C and E making it difficult for Candida to overgrow.
Whenever you research taking an antifungal or antimicrobial supplement it is important to first consider their impact upon the beneficial bacterial micro-organisms that support your immune system and digestive tract. Often, manufactured products will destroy these healthy mico-organisms making long-term recovery harder to reach. A great feature of GSE is that it has no negative impact upon these sensitive gut floras.
What is Grapefruit Seed Extract?
The manufacturing of GSE involves the processing of both the pulp and Grapefruit seeds themselves into to a highly acidic, bright yellow liquid with an strong astringent or bitter taste. Further processing involves adding vegetable glycerin to make it more palatable by reducing the acidity.
There are two types of GSE currently on the market, liquid concentrate or tablets. The vegetable glycerin is present in both but while on the Candida diet it is best to use the liquid concentrate as the tablets contains a filler that may contain starches or sugar. Often this is in the form of brown rice protein and is acceptable in small amounts but it is best avoided if at all possible.
Taking Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract comes in either liquid or tablet form. 10 drops, 3 times a day of the liquid concentrate in a cup of filtered or mineral water (why purified water?) is a typical recommended dose. When taking the tablet version of GSE, 100-200mg three times a day is the standard dosage. Always ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is not suitable for everyone
Although very safe in normal quantities, laboratory studies have found that GSE is toxic in large doses. It is therefore not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Studies have found that Grapefruit Seed Extract can react with other medications and users with serious health conditions should consult with their doctor before taking it.