Thursday, February 3, 2011

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

BY ACHS Student Emily Stein, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice

The grapefruit originated in Barbados with documentation of its growth dating back to 1750. Known for its high vitamin C content and body-cleansing properties, grapefruit can help the body maintain homeostasis. Though less well-known, grapefruit seed extract (GSE), also known as Citricidal, has been used by healthcare professionals for decades.

How GSE works is somewhat of a mystery. GSE seems to disorganize the cytoplasmic membrane of the pathogens which prevents uptake of amino acids. Leakage of cellular content contributes to the inactivation of the pathogens which eventually leads to their destruction. What is puzzling, however, is that viruses do not have a cell membrane yet GSE acts as an antiviral remedy. Virtually no toxicity to the body coupled with immune support makes GSE “the smallest portable medicine chest in the world,” according to Shalila Sharamon and Bodo J. Baginsky in their book The Healing Power of Grapefruit Seed.

Another advantage to GSE is its alkalizing effect on the body. As many people today suffer from acidification, which encourages pathogen growth and proliferation, GSE is an easy and gentle way to increase body pH and is proving itself to be of widespread use. GSE is an easily digested liquid that is concentrated, making it cost effective. It is generally hypoallergenic, which is advantageous to people who suffer from food allergies, even citrus allergies.

Read the full-text article in the February 2011 issue of the ACHS newsletter, The Reporter, HERE.

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