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Can grapefruit seed extract lose potency if taken on and off and create antibiotic-resistant organisms?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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?

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

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How can I use grapefruit seed extract for sore throats?

How can I use grapefruit seed extract for sore throats?

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

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What is grapefruit seed extract good for?

What is grapefruit seed extract good for?

Anti-Oxidant: Thought to block the mutation (and possibly) aging of cells, these effects are NOT demonstrated by SCIENTIFICALLY BASED medical studies. BUT I LOVE Grapefruit anyway! ...Read more

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What are any grapefruit seed extract dangers?

May be: There may or may not be dangers, but there is no benefit other than lightening your wallet. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily for a few month's in a row?

Is it ok to take grapefruit seed extract daily for a few month's in a row?

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

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Is it ok to take slippery elm and grapefruit seed extract together or through out the day?

Is it ok to take slippery elm and grapefruit seed extract together or through out the day?

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

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Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

Does taking grapefruit seed extract really work against parasites?

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

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Can grapefruit seed extract cause thyroid storm?

Can grapefruit seed extract cause thyroid storm?

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

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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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Can you tell me about headaches & chest pain while taking nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract?

Can you tell me about headaches & chest pain while taking nutribiotic grapefruit seed extract?

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

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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 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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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?

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

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I read that coconut oil and grapefruit seed extract are affective for treating thrush. Can I use these remedies?

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

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Grapefruit seed extract work for bad breath or tea tree oil ?

Grapefruit seed extract work for bad breath or tea tree oil ?

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

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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?

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