About 90% of us have had exposure to the herpes virus, and yet are unaware because this virus does not cause always typical symptoms such as blisters around the mouth or in the genital area. Conventional anti-viral drugs such as acyclovir and famcyclovir are sometimes used, however-they have a number of side effects. On the other hand, natural supplements such as grapefruit seed extracts have been shown effective against this virus and much safer compared with standard therapy.
About Grapefruit Seed Extract Usage
The active ingredient of grapefruit seeds is triclosan, medically known as diphenol hydroxybenzene complex. Grapefruit seed extract has been used widely in agriculture for its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria, both pre and post harvest. It is also used as a disinfectant and preservative in the fish and poultry industry and in food for animals because it inhibits the growth of molds and parasites in their foods. It also disinfects the water and been used in water treatment. Grapefruit seeds extract-based disinfectants are also used in hospital and healthcare centers. As a dietary supplement, grapefruit seed extract is used for prevention and treatment of fungi, bacteria, parasites, viruses and to improve the health of the digestive tract.
Kills viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites
Grapefruit seed extract has the ability to kill a number of viruses. According to Dr William Shannon from Southern Research Institute-Virology Division, this extract was found to be effective against herpes viruses and influenza. Other researchers discovered that grapefruit seed extract may also kill the measles virus and other viruses affecting animals.
Grapefruit seed extract has been studied in both vivo and vitro experiments and proved it has the ability to fight bacteria by affecting it’s cytoplasmic membrane and thus promoting the leakage of its contents. As a result, bacteria will not be able to “breath” and will die. Some studies evaluated the benefits of grapefruit seed extracts on specific bacteria and fungi found in the digestive tract such as H.Pylori, C. Jejuni and Candida. Positive results have been recorded in these studies such as improvement in constipation, excessive gas and abdominal discomfort. Grapefruit seed extract has also shown to be effective against various bacteria including: streptococci, staphylococci, salmonella, pseudomonas, giardia, lysteria and legionella.
How to use grapefruit seed extract for herpes infections
Mix 1 part of the grape seed extract with 9 parts of water. Dampen cotton swabs with the mixture and dab any herpetic blisters several times a day. You should expect to see improvement within days and a fast healing of the affected skin. You can also use this supplement to prevent these blisters from reoccuring.
Safety and Dosage
A typical dose of grapefruit seed extract is 100 mg or 5 drops three times daily, ideally taken with meals. As a mouthwash, you can use 5 drops of this extract in water three times a day. This supplement has an excellent safety profile, when used as directed by a healthcare professional. Allergic reactions may occur in susceptible individuals and treatment should be discontinued in this case. It should not be used during pregnancy or lactation, as its safety has not been established.