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Doctor insights on: Grapefruit Seed Extract For Yeast Infection During Breastfeeding

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I'm wondering is grapefruit seed extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

I'm wondering is grapefruit seed extract and/or elderberry safe during pregnancy?

No, they're not: Elderberry so far has insufficient studies of pregnant women using it to determine safety to fetuses. German studies of grapefruit seed extract, have shown 5 out of 6 products to be adulterated with benzethonium chloride, a synthetic antimicrobial often used in cosmetics, as well as the preservatives triclosan and methylparaben. Topical use on nail fungus, etc may be okay, but don't use internally. ...Read more

Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is it ok to eat yogurt while taking Nystatin tablets? (Tablets prescribed for an external vaginal skin yeast infection)

Is it ok to eat yogurt while taking Nystatin tablets? (Tablets prescribed for an external vaginal skin yeast infection)

Fluconazole: Yes. Fine to take together and should not cause a problem. Keep your yogurt high in probiotics and make sure it is an active culture yogurt. ...Read more

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Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) vs Grapefruit Juice. The juice has some implications for medications. Does GSE have the same implications?

Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) vs Grapefruit Juice.  The juice has some implications for medications.  Does GSE have the same implications?

No, however...: 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

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Can olive leaf extract be taken during pregnancy?

Can olive leaf extract be taken during pregnancy?

Not enough data: There is insufficient information available to be able to make a safe recommendation one way or the other about taking olive leaf extract during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

Is Grapefruit seed extract without benzethonium chloride and no synthetic preservatives safe during pregnancy?

No clinical trials: There aren't any clinical trials showing that grapefruit seed extract is safe in pregnancy, so its difficult to know for sure. Some seeds of fruits are dangerous though. For example apple seeds contain small amounts of the poison cyanide. ...Read more

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Grapefruit seed extract for abscessed tooth, does this work?

Grapefruit seed extract for abscessed tooth, does this work?

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

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Are pomegranate extract capsules safe to take during pregnancy?

Are pomegranate extract capsules safe to take during pregnancy?

Probably: Research suggests that pomegranate is safe in pregnancy. In fact, it may prevent some pregnancy complications. https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/headlines/pomegranate-juice-may-prevent-pregnancy-complications/ There isn't a lot of research on the extract, but its probably safe. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take raspberry ultra drops with african mango and green tea while nursing my 10 month old?

Is it safe to take raspberry ultra drops with african mango and green tea while nursing my 10 month old?

Safe Yes. Effective?: Maybe safe yes. But, effective? Not at all. This would be one of the newest in a very long line of fads designed purely to empty the pockets of those desperate to find a magical way to weight loss. They will not work. ...Read more

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I'm taking fluconazole for a nasty, persistent yeast infection. Is it safe to take garlic and coconut supplements with this medicine?

I'm taking fluconazole for a nasty, persistent yeast infection. Is it safe to take garlic and coconut supplements with this medicine?

Yes: This is safe and reasonable. Persistent candida is usually related to intestinal candidiasis and may take several months to successfully treat. A diet low in sugars and simple carbs is essential as well. See http://huff.To/15mbzao ; http://bit.Ly/1aeoabl for details. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink raw honey while pregnant for sinus infections?

Is it safe to drink raw honey while pregnant for sinus infections?

Safe, not effective: Honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old because their digestive systems cannot eliminate the toxin that can causes infant botulism. "pasteurization" of honey is designed to prevent crystallization, not eliminate the toxin, so infants should not eat any honey. Mothers can safely eat honey, although there are more effective ways to treat sinsusitis. ...Read more

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Can I take oregano oil capsules as well as drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse?

Can I take oregano oil capsules as well as drops of grapefruit seed extract in a sinus rinse?

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

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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more