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Does Grapefruit Seed Extract Cure Boils
I have history of diverticulitis and wanted to know if its ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily as part of my diet to avoid another attack?
Assuming that: you had sigmoid diverticulitis, a high fiber diet is generally recommended. However, it is at best marginally effective especially in the short term. Grapefruit seed extract seems harmless enough to me, but you should consult with your doctor or gi specialist, just to make sure. ...Read more
Grape or grapefruit?: Grape seed extract may help with chronic venous insufficiency, high cholesterol, reduces swelling caused by injury, helps with eye disease related to diabetes, and contains antioxidants. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance derived from the seeds, membranes, and the pulp of grapefruit and is used as a broad-spectrum, non-toxic, antimicrobial product. What's the goals of therapy in UR case? ...Read more
Yes: Most medications should be taken in steps. Take them with at least a 30 minute interval. Get advise from your health store. All the best. ...Read more
Unknown: Grapefruit seed extract has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there are no studies to indicate whether it works or not. ...Read more
I consumed maximum dose of undiluted grapefruit seed extract for several days (not knowing it should be diluted). Is it dangerous?What are the risks?
Grapefruit extract: No likely. Risks are that you are spending money for unproven stuff. Spend it more wisely. ...Read more
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more
Forget about it!!!:
Why are you taking supplements that have not had any placebo controlled, double blind studies that prove its worth (like most medicines have to do?) and how about interaction with other needed medications?
Back to headaches and chest pain: please have both of them checked by your pcp, soon! ...Read more
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) vs Grapefruit Juice. The juice has some implications for medications. Does GSE have the same implications?
Good question. The chemicals in grapefruit juice that interact with medications include naringin, bergamottin and dihydroxybergamottin. These are not found in significant amounts in Grapefruit seed extract (GSE). While pure GSE is a safe antimicrobial, I would be cautious about internal use as many products are adulterated- see http://tinyurl.com/zxcodbt
See my comment for further advice. ...Read more
No effect: No. There is not much evidence that grapefruit seed extract has any medicinal properties. Some contaminants in it from manufacturing may have some effects, but nothing involving the thyroid, and certainly not something as severe as thyroid storm. ...Read more
Yes: Yes grapefruit seed extract can help...It is very bitter. ...Read more
As much as : Grapefruit seed extract would work as much as a band aid on a leaky water pipe. Infections can spread and cause serious complications. It's not smart to experiment or postpone proper treatment in these cases. See your dentist for an appropriate antibiotic than we know works and definitive treatment to remove the cause of the infection. ...Read more
Start with saline: Oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract are thought to have antimicrobial effects; however, there is little evidence that using them in a nasal rinse is any better than simple salt water nasal rinses. Their risks in causing irritation to the nasal lining or allergic reactions are also poorly known at this time. ...Read more
Chronic sinusitus since using cpap. I keep it clean. Cpap tech says it ok to put 1 drop of grapefruit seed extract in h2o chamber nightly. Is it safe?
It is a popular method of sanitizing the h2o chamber. However if you look at the science, the evidence that allows docs to recommend its use as an antimicrobial agent. Not quite
scientists investigated gse. The naturalgse is not an antimicrobial agent. Most of the commercial gse preparations were contaminated with chemicals that have antibacterial properties. Gentle soap ; use distilled h20 ok. ...Read more
It is safe: There are no problems with the combo. ...Read more
I read that coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract are affective for treating thrush. Can I use these remedies?
Coconut oil&grapefru: Coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract have been used after candida diet which eliminates all sugars and some carbs from the diet and both of these have been written in alternative medicine literature.It can be tried in people who are not responding to standard treatment and are getting recurreances. ...Read more
I just purchased NuMedica Candidex for Candida overgrowth. The main ingredient is grapefruit seed extract. Is this OK to take with 20 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)?
Halitosis: Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with your dentist and physician, and I'm confident that your problem will at least be minimized, and hopefully eradicated. ...Read more
Can grapefruit seed extract lose potency if taken on and off and create antibiotic-resistant organisms?
Health fraud: Please forgive my frankness, Jay. The grapefruit seed extract you are taking isn't killing bad germs or benefitting anybody but the hucksters. You are young and probably don't believe how much fakery there is in the world. If you are interested in this natural healing stuff, get with a real, evidence-based holist. Best wishes. ...Read more
Used grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse bottle and after using it, I noticed a foul smell coming from my nose...what does that mean?
SINUSITIS : Yes you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex (mometasone) and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. I avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. ...Read more
I believe I have candida overgrowth do to the spit test and symptoms. Would you recommend grapefruit seed extract? What are the positives and cons?
Will drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse get rid of bad odour coming from the nose?
Sinus rinse: A malodorous discharge might indicate an infection. You might consider a physical examination by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Experiencing candida die off symptom nasal odor, how do I get rid of it? It started after I added drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse.
Sinusitis? See MD: I've never heard of "candida die off", but quick online search suggests it is nonscientific claptrap. So is "systemic" candidiasis. (Sorry if that bursts a bubble for you.) Nasal discharge with odor suggests sinus infection that may need an antibiotic. Sinus rinse alone is unlikely to help much, with or without "graprefruit seed extract" or any other "natural" product. See your GP. Good luck. ...Read more
Can I use olive leaf extract or grapefruit seed extract nasal sprays to get off Afrin rebound sinusitis?
Surgery may not help:
I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following:
1.Avoid anything cold.
3.use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :(
4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can.
5.use a humidifier at night
6.drink lots of water.
7. Saline drops 10 times a day.
8. Nasocort has lot of side effec ...Read more
White fury tongue? I have had a white "fury" tongue for about 2 weeks. Im not dehydrated because i drink several cups of water a day. I have tried coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract thinking it was thrush but they are not working. My tongue is split
Usually : Usually a white coating on the tongue represents debris, bacteria and dead cells that makes it look white. The "furry" presentation is due to the thin hair like filiform papilla that cover the dorsal surface of the tongue. This presentation is usually harmless and temporary. White lesions in the mouth can also be indicative of more serious conditions such as infections, autoimmune diseases and precancerous / cancerous lesions. For this reason it is recommended that you be evaluated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon should the condition persist more than a week. ...Read more