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.)