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Grapefruit Seed Extract Losing Weight
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is safe: There are no problems with the combo. ...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?
Depends: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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