Overnight Sensation, Years in the Making
Many of the cornerstone botanicals of the natural health product industry tap into centuries, if not millennia, of traditional use. Grapefruit seed extract is a relative newcomer to our industry.
The journey of discovery for Dr. Jacob Harish began in the 1970s with his intrigue regarding the bitterness of grapefruit seeds and pulp. His research, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, culminated with the development of a grapefruit seed extract.
This plant-based germicidal has broad-spectrum effectiveness for bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.
Clinical research has proven GSE to exert bactericidal activity at concentrations diluted as low as 1:152. Its extended disinfectant action is due to the synergy between naturally occurring ascorbic acid, citrus bioflavonoids, and a mosaic of organic acids. The combination of safety for humans, plants, and animals, as well as its broad spectrum, side effect–free disinfectant properties make GSE a must for every household medicine chest and travel kit.
Its therapeutic applications span from treating dysbiosis (intestinal disturbances), a disinfectant for cuts and abrasions, relief from fungal-related infections such as athlete’s foot or ringworm, and drinking water safety. For drinking water, approximately 5 drops of GSE per litre is recommended. Several drops added to a sink of water also make an excellent rinse for fruits and vegetables.
In fact, a GSE solution in a dollar-store spritzer kept below the kitchen sink may quickly eclipse many of your potentially-toxic household sprays for popularity and effectiveness.