Friday, 1 November 2013

Grapefruit Seed Extract - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats

Safe to use as a dietary supplement, alternative medicine
for most dogs and cats.

In this article...
1. Grapefruit Seed Extract
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. Administration and Dosage 

1.0 Grapefruit Seed Extract (GFSE)

Grapefruit is a citrus fruit. Extract from the seeds of the grapefruit are valued for their medicinal qualities. The benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GFSE) were first noted in 1972 by physicist Dr. Jacob Harich who observed its broad spectrum use as an antibacterial and antiviral remedy. You can read more about Dr. Jacob Harich and the history of GFSE here.

University of Georgia researchers found that GFSE is an effective antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic agent for fighting many viral and bacterial infections, including E. coli.  

Grapefruit seeds contain active ingredients that are:

  • Anti-bacterial;
  • Anti-fungal;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-microbial; 
  • Anti-parasitic and more. 

2.0 Health Benefits - a partial list..

Ingested Uses

  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
  • Bacteria;
    • GSE has been proven to fight 800 bacterial and viral strains;
  • Cancer;
  • Digestive issues due to eczema;
  • Fungi;
    • Fungal infections;
    • GFSE has been proven to fight 100 strains of fungi;
  • Immune system support;
    • GFSE contains:
      • Hesperidin (a bioflavonoid), well known for its potent immune system benefits; 
      • Vitamin C - citric  acid;
      • Plant sterols, and;
      • Multiple additional antioxidants that aid the immune system’s ability to battle infections.
  • Parasites;
    •  A multitude of single and multi-celled parasites.
  • Skin diseases;
  • Speed healing of wounds;
  • Viruses
    • for example;
      • Upper respiratory tract infections;
      • Colds;
      • Flu (influenza).

Topical Uses

  • Treatment and remedy of:
    • Bacterial infections - ie. dental treatment of the teeth and gums, such as gingivitis.
    • External injuries (wounds);
    • Fungal infections;
    • Skin diseases;
      • Psoriasis

3.0 Cautions...
  • Never give undiluted!

4.0 Side Effects...
  • None

5.0 Drug Interactions...
  • Are many - the following is a partial list...
  • Artemether;
  • Buspirone;
  • Carbamazepine;
  • Carvedilol;
  • Cispride;
  • Clomipramine;
  • Cyclosporine;
  • Dextromethorphan;
  • Erythromycin;
  • Estrogen medications;
  • Etoposide;
  • Fexofenadine;
  • Itraconazole;
  • Medications changed and/or broken down by the liver;
  • Medications for high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers);
  • Saquinavir;
  • Statins (medications for lowering cholesterol);
  • Sildenafil;
  • Methylprednisolone;
  • Praziquantel;
  • Quinidine;
  • Scoplamine;
  • Sedative medications (Benzodiazepines);
  • Terfenadine;
  • Theophylline;
  • Warfarin

6.0 Administration and Dosage…

GFSE Can be Administered Two Ways
  • Pulverized seeds can be used as an ingested treatment sprinkled on top of food;
  • Pure grapefruit seed extract drops can be mixed into the food.
  • Liquid GFSE:
    • Minimum dosage:
      •  0.5 drops per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight.
    • Maximum dosage:
      • 10 to 15 drops per every 10 lbs of body weight 3 times a day;
  • Pulverized GFSE:
    • 8 mg per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight.

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  1. I am so thankful for this information. I am still trying to treat my cat. She does eat the food with the grafefruit seed extract after awhile, but she's still sneezing and she's still peeing frequently. I'm going to keep giving her the grapefruit seed extract because otherwise she seems really healthy.

  2. Fantastic information! TY for all the info you share on your website. My friend is using GSE as part of a regime to rid her precious dog of a chronic, systemic yeast infection. She's also changed to feeding the correct, raw meat and bones diet.


Note -

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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If you are looking for additional free advice, please refer back to the articles on my site, do not contact me via email or phone - personalized service is for my clients / patients only.

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