Struggling to cleanse yourself of candida, and organic sulfur is taking too long to see results? Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) may help.
Candida — a yeast that lives in and on the mouth, skin, and intestines — is the most common source of fungal infections in humans. Reduction in the supply of healthy bacteria, a compromised immune system, medications such as antibiotics, elevated stress levels, or a diet loaded with sugary foods can cause Candida to overgrow and trigger an infection called candidiasis.
The elderly are more susceptible to Candida-related infections of their urinary tract, while recent studies reveal that an overgrowth of Candida may be related to several gastrointestinal tract diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Itching and a visible rash are closely associated with fungal infections of the skin. Candida overgrowth can cause athlete’s foot, ringworm and toenail fungus.
The Antimicrobial Power of GSE
Pure GSE kills infectious microbes, yeast, and fungal pathogens. GSE first attracted widespread use and attention in the agricultural industry as a powerful fungicide that can inhibit mold growth on food. Subsequently, hospitals recognized that their staff could use GSE to disinfect surgical equipment.
As an alternative medicine supplement, GSE has been used to treat not only candidiasis, but also earaches, athlete’s foot, throat infections, urinary tract infections, and diarrhea. Studies of GSE’s antimicrobial capabilities have revealed that it is as effective as many antibiotic drugs without their side effects. Besides being able to kill off yeast and fungal pathogens, GSE contains valuable nutrients and phytochemicals.
GSE is sold as a dietary supplement in the form of a liquid concentrate or pills and capsules. Liquid concentrate GSE is considered to be the more potent form. Inclusion of vegetable glycerin during the production process helps reduce the bitterness and acidity of GSE.
Many articles published on the Internet challenge the perceived efficacy of GSE in its supplement form. A report published on Dr. Axe’s website entitled “6 Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits You Won’t Believe” explains the nature of the controversy (excerpt below).
Grapefruit seed extract, especially when used internally, can be somewhat of a controversial supplement due to a lack of human studies as well as evidence of adulteration of grapefruit seed extract. The main controversy stems from study findings that some commercially produced grapefruit seed extracts contain harmful ingredients like benzethonium chloride (hyamine) and triclosan.
The bottom line here is, be sure to conduct your own thorough research before buying any bottle of GSE to ensure that it is not one of the adulterated brands.
While GSE is considered safe in most cases and side effects are rare, it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Patients dealing with a serious health ailment should first receive approval from their doctors to make sure that GSE will not adversely interact with their medications.
To learn more, click the link below to watch a 7-minute YouTube video entitled, “Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits: It’s a Candida Killer & More!”
6 Grapefruit Seed Extract Benefits You Won’t Believe
by Annie Price, CHHC
posted on DrAxe.com
Sep 25, 2017
The Top 4 Benefits Of Grapefruit Seed Extract
by Lisa Richards, CNC
reviewed by Katie Stone, ND
last updated Sep 24, 2018