Grapefruit seed - An extract with a wide-ranging effect

Effects of grapefruit seed extract

The wide-ranging effects of grapefruit seed extract astonish many researchers around the world; they cover all areas of parasite control, starting with bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites that make life difficult for humans (and our pets).

It is believed that grapefruit seed extract exerts its effect within the cytoplasmic membrane of the microorganisms. According to scientists, the active ingredients lead to a disorganisation of the cytoplasmic membrane, which prevents the absorption of amino acids, which causes the parasite to starve. 

At the same time, the cell components with a low molecular weight seep out of the cytoplasmic membrane, which in turn causes the microorganism to bleed.

Grapefruit seed extract can be taken internally and externally, depending on the application area. Studies have shown that grapefruit seed extract has the ability to kill over 800 different bacteria and viruses.

Main features of grapefruit seed extract

Bactericidal effect

The antiseptic and bactericidal effect of grapefruit seed extract makes it an ideal natural disinfectant for all infectious diseases, inflammatory processes and blemishes.

Studies have shown that grapefruit seed extract has an antibacterial effect even at a dilution ratio of 1:1000.

While antibiotics cannot differentiate between good and bad bacteria (e.g. the vital bacteria in the intestinal flora), taking grapefruit seed extract at normal dosage does not destroy the positive intestinal flora bacteria.

Antiviral effect

The antiviral effect of grapefruit seed extract is effective in all diseases caused by viruses.

Fungal-killing effect

Fungi attach themselves to the skin in various places (best known example: Athlete's foot), but also infest internal organs and can cause immense damage to health in the affected area.

The fungicidal and antifungal activity of grapefruit seed extract tackles all sorts of fungal infection that makes life difficult for us.

Excessive use of antibiotics and taking other medicines actually promotes the production of fungi in the body and on the body. According to recent studies, grapefruit seed extract has an effect on over 100 different types of fungi.

Immune building effect

Grapefruit seed extract has immune-enhancing properties and thus protects us from attack by pathogens. While antibiotics and other medicines weaken the immune system as a side effect, according to studies, taking grapefruit seed extract actually strengthens our immune system.

Thus, grapefruit seed extract works in two ways: It destroys the unwanted parasites and also strengthens the immune system, which then takes on the fight against parasites.

Conserving effect

When food spoils, this process is due to decomposition by bacteria. Grapefruit seed extract has an antibacterial effect and is therefore well suited to be a preservative. But cosmetics also contain chemical preservatives which are not exactly health-promoting; grapefruit seed extract can also be a good alternative here.


Disinfecting effect

Due to its antibacterial, antiviral, fungicidal, wide-ranging effect, grapefruit seed extract can be used in the household, in medicine, industry and agriculture as a disinfectant.

The Americans are the pioneers here: grapefruit seed extract is added to household cleaners, carpet cleaners and water for rinsing, and even hospitals use it as a disinfectant.

Active ingredients of grapefruit seed extract

It is the interplay of uniquely harmonised ingredients that give the grapefruit kernel these phenomenal properties in the fight against parasites.

Grapefruit seeds have a number of very effective protective agents, and the highly potent ingredients of grapefruit seed extract include glycosides, limonoids and flavonoids. Flavonoids contained in the grapefruit kernel include:

-                 hesperidin

-                 naringin

-                 limonin

-                 rutin

-                 quercetin

-                 kaempferol

-                 poncirin

Flavonoids belong to a group of phytochemicals that often have healing properties. The grapefruit seed flavonoids listed above strengthen our immune system by stimulating our intestinal immune system, leading to increased antibody production. The antibodies successfully fight bacteria, viruses and fungi.

In addition, the flavonoid ‘kaempferol’ is able to directly inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Glycosides, in turn, are compounds of flavonoids with different sugars, called glycosides. The glycosides contained in the grapefruit kernel include:

-                 hesperidin

-                 naringin

-                 quercetin

-                 neohesperidin

-                 kaempferol

-                 isosakuranetin

Limonoids give citrus fruits their bitter taste and prevent parasites ingesting food and thus their growth and reproduction.

When does grapefruit seed extract begin to work?

Depending on the disease and severity, it may take several weeks or months until the desired success occurs, especially in cases of internal fungal diseases and long and chronic illnesses. As with all natural remedies, grapefruit seed extract also requires patience and not giving up too soon.

Grapefruit seed extract as a ‘herbal antibiotic’

Grapefruit seed extract has rapidly earned its reputation as a ‘herbal antibiotic’ because of its powerful effect against all sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi and can be considered a blessing given the negative development regarding conventional antibiotics.

If we look at statistics, it becomes quite clear that we have to take a giant step back to the Middle Ages because of our resistance to traditional antibiotics and we must face the awful reality that we are quite defenceless against bacteria and viruses, just like the people of that time. It is terrible to hear that 80 % of all bacteria are resistant to penicillin, meaning it has no effect on them.

The pharmaceutical industry knows how to respond in its own way by producing new antibiotics all the time, but penicillin and other antibiotics to which bacteria have long been resistant continue to circulate and make a huge amount of money as a result.

And so, 8000 different (really different?) antibiotics with very questionable effect and with even more questionable side effects are currently in use.

Reasons for antibiotic resistance:

The reasons for increasing antibiotic resistance, i.e. the antibiotic’s lack of response to bacteria and viruses, are manifold. Antibiotics have lost their effect on us humans due to our unconscious daily consumption of meat contaminated with antibiotics and the body reacting with a kind of habituation.

Well, officially, giving the animals antibiotics is intended to be ‘good’ for us consumers. This is explained by the wish to protect consumers against BSE and other diseases; but in reality this absurd action is due to baser motives, namely the use of antibiotics as a fattening aid and thus the maximisation of profits from livestock.

The consequences of this very commercial and ruthless act for humans, including the endangerment of countless lives, were well known to and factored in by the people responsible from the very beginning.

Grapefruit seed extract as a healthy alternative to antibiotics

It is precisely at this point that grapefruit seed extract gains in importance, as it has no known side effects when processed and used correctly, but unlike antibiotics, it not only fights bacteria, but all imaginable pathogens, bacteria, viruses and fungi.[1]

Here, grapefruit seed extract, even at high doses, is non-toxic and causes no adverse reactions on the skin, even after prolonged use.[2] While many people are allergic to antibiotics, allergic reactions to grapefruit seed extract are very rare, provided the user is not allergic to citrus fruits.

Grapefruit seed extract circumvents the typical resistance to antibiotics our body develops by having a much more complex structure, meaning that viruses cannot find the right key to adapt to their attacker.

Hopefully, the development here will follow the development in the USA, where grapefruit seed extract is commonly used, even in clinics and hospitals

[1] Werner Goller: Was verschweigt die Schulmedizin? (‘What Does Conventional Medicine Conceal?’), 2009, p. 167

[2] Jorg Linditsch: ABC des Grapefruitkern (‘ABC of the Grapefruit Seed’), 1997, p. 21

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