One of the new items that I found while learning how to live a healthy lifestyle was grapefruit seed extract. I love grapefruit. The tart taste, the juiciness, the way it refreshes make the fruit so very appealing to me. When I was younger, I ate so much grapefruit that my mother said that either I was going to turn into a grapefruit or I had a grapefruit loving tapeworm inside of me. When I found out that there is a grapefruit seed extract that will benefit a person’s health, I wondered why I had not heard about this sooner. After doing some research on this solution, I was able to find some really interesting information.
Grapefruit seed extract is exactly what it says it is – a solution that comes from the seeds of grapefruits. However, the extract also contains the white membranes and pulp of the fruit. This extract comes in both liquid and powder form, and can be used internally or externally. A Yugoslavian physicist named Dr. Jacob Harich first discovered the benefits of grapefruit seed extract almost twenty years ago after moving to Florida and researching the properties of the grapefruit.
Grapefruit seed extract is a major germ fighter, killing a broad spectrum of bacteria and viral illnesses. It is used to treat a myriad of ailments including bad breath, plaque, sore throat, athlete’s foot, insect bites/stings, colds and flu, even gastric ulcers. It has been used as an antibiotic, and the body does not build up a resistance to it over time. It contains several antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals. It also assists with the body’s cholesterol levels – increasing the healthy type of cholesterol (HDL) and reducing the bad LDL cholesterol. Grapefruit seed extract can also be used to strengthen hair and can be found as an ingredient in certain hair products. Surprisingly, pets can benefit from grapefruit seed extract also. It can help pets with healing of any external injuries and internal bacterial infections. The extract can be added to a pet’s food or water, or it can be applied topically.
To use grapefruit seed extract, dilute it in water. Because of its high potency and ability to irritate sensitive tissues, it is not recommended to use directly out of the bottle.
Those who take certain prescription medications should be careful when using grapefruit seed extract. The compounds in grapefruit seed extract may make the prescription medication more potent and dangerous. Those who are allergic to citrus fruits should also avoid using grapefruit seed extract. If unsure, speak with the doctor or pharmacist.
Take a look at grapefruit seed extract soon – it may benefit what distresses the body.