I have been eating 2 organic pink grapefruits everyday for the past 4 days and have noticed that candida is being eliminated, I think. Can anyone confirm the healing effects of grapefruit against systemic candida infections? I know that grapefruit seed extract is used to treat candida. Is it better to eat them at room temperature or cold from the frig? One downside is my bowel has become harder. I'll add more flaxseeds to my morning regimen to see if this changes. Has anyone achieved good results with grapefruits?
I have read quite a bit of information in relation to Grapefruit Seed Extract. Apparantly its not the grapefruit thats antifungal/antibacterial but the addition of a toxic chemical to the supplement called tricolsan that is basically a component of bleach - which kills the yeast/bacteria. I wouldnt touch GSE...I know I will get shot on here for saying it but research it yourselves. Grapefruit Seed Extract I think its banned in Germany and Japan deemed unfit for human consumption. Just because its so called "natural" doesnt mean its safe. Alot of supplements are full of toxic stuff. You are better off eating real grapefruits (if you can tolerate) - good for your liver!
Not all Grapefruit-Seed-Extract contains tricolsan; mine contains Grapefruit seed extract, water, vitamin C and vegetal glycerin, period.
It would be a pity to give up this efficient natural antibiotic (and take penicilin instead)just because some brands contain bad stuff. Then why not give up milk just because some melanin was added to it in China? Learning to read labels very carefully is paramount if you want to be in good health, and it should protect you against those problems.
I drink pink grapefruit juice too, and I think it might have a positive effect on dysbiosis. But it's very mild and nowhere near GSE.
The UK brand of Grapefruit-Seed-Extract lists those very same ingredients. They dont list triclosan because its toxic - they dont like to tell you its in there but it is. I agree penicillin is bad too thats why I trust my local herbalist who grows alot of her own herbs - doesnt add chemcials. She makes me up an antibiotic mixture which seems to be working quite well up to now (fingers crossed!)
Here in America food and drug Adm insist on companies putting all the ingredients on their products. I don't know about other countries. This is what I found on NutriBiotics website.
What about rumours of Chemicals in GSE?
Newsgroups and email groups have received postings to the effect that Grapefruit-Seed-Extract contains Triclosan, Benzelthonium Chloride, or Methyl Paraben. The source of this type of report comes from both Germany(Here is the PubMed reference to the German Report) and Japan, where Citricidal is not approved for human consumption. A more recent attack on Grapefruit-Seed-Extract can be found at this link. The reason is that Citricidal is very similar in molecular weight to both Benzelthonium Chloride and Triclosan, both of which are effective disinfectants, but are toxic to human and animal life. In Germany their test(which is not well documented at all) for BC, Triclosan, and M.Paraben came up positive(which is more correctly called a "false positive") and in Japan, the same is happening for Triclosan. USDA found benzelthonium chloride in its 2001 test. Was this a simple error or a deliberate attempt to scare people away from Citricidal and Nutribiotic products?
Meanwhile, Citricidal has been tested for the presence of these toxins by independent labs, and has been proven clean. (Ex: Weston Gulf Coast Laboratories, Inc., University Park, IL, test completed in March of 1992. Tested for heavy metals, Cyanides, Pesticides and PCBs and Benzelkonium Chloride. Results: None Detected.) In fact, the accusations about triclosan(used in many dish and hand soaps in the US) became so frequent a few years ago, that Citricidal began specifically testing each batch of GSE for its absense, and providing a Certificate of Analysis to that effect.
The truth is, Citricidal is not only effective, it has been in use for decades and recommended by many high profile doctors and healthcare professionals. If these allegations had any validity, there certainly would be a history of complaints and judgements against the product, and it would have been removed from the market many years ago. Triclosan has recently been compared to "Agent Orange" in toxicity. The EPA rates triclosan as "highly toxic". The US FDA made inspections of the Nutribiotic manufacturing facility back in the 1990's and found no chemical preservatives ; and the formula is the same today.
Such rumours are false, and are not a threat to those armed with accurate information. The test reports from Germany and Japan and the USDA are certainly bothersome, but they have produced "false positives", not accurate profiles. The vast body of evidence from many years of use by thousands of satisfied consumers, doctors, manufacturers, and veterinarians, speaks most loudly against such reports. (The German report, linked above, does suggest that some suppliers of "GSE" may, in fact, be fraudulent. But Citricidal and NutriBiotic GSE are both proven, safe, and effective products.)
Thanks nurseybo for this very thorough, very informative post. Grapefruit-Seed-Extract is a very good natural antibiotic. Ladywear, did this info about triclosan in Grapefruit-Seed-Extract come from the person who is sellling you this natural antibiotic plants mix?
No Ketchup the information about Grapefruit-Seed-Extract came from the UK company selling GSE. Thats why I was so concerned because if the company admitted to me that there was small/trace amounts of triclosan in Grapefruit-Seed-Extract then that was a worry for me...but probably only for me because I am so sensitive. I even avoid chemicals in my cosmetics and household products I am that sensitive. They did reassure me that it would be ok and that I would probably need to be taking large amounts for it to do damage but I chose just to avoid it. By the way it was Citricidal (not Nutribiotic).
My sister-in-law who believes in the homeopathic way is very much a promoter of GSE. Her family including their animals have been on Grapefruit-Seed-Extract for at least 10 yrs. Since that substance is as toxic as 'Agent Orange' you would think they would be very sick but instead they are extremely healthy.
I contacted a well known company here in UK about the accusations about Tricolsan being in Grapefruit-Seed-Extract saying I was very concerned since I had been taking it. They provided me with a letter signed by the MD of the company saying that Grapefruit-Seed-Extract did contain small/trace amounts of triclosan but was so small it wouldnt not harm health. I still personally felt uncomfortable about this so I just simply avoided it. This is actually a number of years ago now I do still have the letter though but maybe the rules have changed for what countries must put on labels. Maybe they should start and put L Cysteine is derived from human hair because if I had known this before I took it I wouldnt have taken that either (although some forms are apparantly from animal hair). I am just being extra careful about what I take as I am ultra sensitive. I believe you cant be too careful. Sorry for mentioning anything about GSE.
Thanks for pointing that out because it made me become aware of the possible problem. From what it looks like on the nutriBiotic site they are already looking into the situation.
Please forgive my coming down on you too hard. In actuality I wasn't suggesting she take Grapefruit-Seed-Extract I was suggesting that because Grapefruit-Seed-Extract had the AB, AV and AF properties the actual fruit would also. I believe the best way to get nutients is through the whole food. You get the fiber and phytonutrients also.
Its ok Nurseybo. I dont like to discredit natural supplements far from it. If it wasnt for certain supplements I would be more sick than I am now but I really was just very concerned when I read some of the negative information on GSE. I think the issues surrounding it have been around for a while now but hopefully they can resolve it because like Ketchup said it should be a good alternative to antibiotics. thanks for posting.
I have pink grapefruit trees. When the grapefruit is ripe and I have plenty, I have noticed my health improving. A few years back, my father was feeling pretty bad(in his late seventies), my grapefruit was the only thing he felt like eating. I guess you could say he went on a grapefruit fast. He said the grapefruit made him feel better, and he got over what ever was wrong.
I bought grapeseed extract about two weeks ago, started taking it, and immediately began to feel terrible. Foggy head, irritable, very tired. Then I noticed very thick, clear mucous coming out of nose and the same in the back of my throat, to the point that I was constantly swallowing to clear it out of my throat. When I developed the same thick, clear mucous as a (excuse this bit of TMI) vaginal discharge, I first thought I had PMS, then I became suspicious. I checked the ingredients on the Grapefruit-Seed-Extract bottle and found out that it had YEAST in it. Yeast! I stopped taking it and all the symptoms cleared up.
Thanks for your post. My original question was about the value of eating pink grapefruit to cure systemic candida. I guess I will continue eating them to see if I make progress. Glad your relative is doing better.
I don't know if this has any relation, but a few year ago I had a citrus craving. I found a bag of really good oranges and a really sweet pink grapefruit. That night for dinner I had the grapefruit and about 4 of the oranges the next morning I woke up feeling like GOLD, and my usually peely bumpy skin was literally glowing. I haven't felt like that in a long time.
I havent been able to find good oranges in a long time so I tried it with clementines (about 3 of them a night)a while back without the same results. Hmmmmm Maybe I'll try some pink grapefruit and report back.