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Grapefruits are considered to be one of the healthiest diuretics that nature has to offer our diet due to their biochemical benefits. Read any list of recommended fat-burning and metabolism-boosting foods, and grapefruit is more than likely to be on there. Although many enjoy it in the morning for breakfast or through liquid form as juice, there is more to this super fruit besides its fresh scent and tangy flavor.

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Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a compound derived from the seed, membranes and pulp of grapefruit. According to several sources, there have been no reports of harmful side effects of consuming this supplement. According to an article in Applied Health, “most germ-inhabiting components found in seeds can be toxic to humans and animals, [but] the grapefruit seed has compounds that convert into a form that not only retains its antimicrobial properties, but also is non-toxic.”

This relatively new supplement contains high amounts of disease-fighting, free-radical eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients called bioflavonoids. According to the Global Healing Center, chemical analysis of GSE “shows additional antioxidant constituents including vitamin C, sterols, tocopherols, citric acid, limonoids, and other trace minerals.” Studies claim that the bioactive agents within the compound of GSE’s seed and pulp may be able to inhibit the occurrence of colon cancer.

Grapefruit Seed Extract has been used to treat the following:

  • Natural antiseptic
  • Anti-fungal and antiviral agent
  • Promotes healing of wounds and scar tissue
  • Possible anti-cancer properties
  • Possible cholesterol-lowering properties due to the presence of the flavonoid naringin (a well-known plasma antioxidant activator)
  • Treatment for sinus, vaginal and topical skin infections
  • Environmentally friendly fruit and vegetable wash for removing toxins
  • Preventative for forms of yeast infection
  • Natural preservative for cosmetics
  • General water-purifying mechanism
  • May reduce chances of developing coronary heart disease in high-risk patients
  • Possible antibiotic activity
  • Aids to alkalize the body — one of the most alkaline forming foods, helping to stabilize acidic pH levels, a central component for health rejuvenation
  • General immune system booster

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