grapefruit seed extract – a “natural product” not as natural as claimed

I can’t remember who first turned me onto grapefruit seed extract. I used it for about two years after Peace Corps mostly gargling it for sore throats. It seemed to work very well. A friend used it to purify his drinking water while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and though it could have been luck he never got sick. When I first studied herbal medicine with 7song he precautioned against its usage. Research had shown that it was not as natural a product as claimed. I stopped using it and left it at that. In the past year several clients have mentioned it so I decided to gather some more information on the subject. Much to my relief it has been well-covered by the herbal community and so I’m posting a link up to an excellent blog by herbalist Todd Caldecott.  I’ve quoted the take home message, but if you’d like more details and citations take a look at his blog.

“In 2005 the journal Medical Herbalism [2005:14(3)] printed a letter I wrote outlining the problems with GSE, which cited several studies demonstrating that the antimicrobial property of GSE was attributable to the addition of synthetic preservatives including benzalkonium chloride and triclosan.  Also found in cosmetics, dish detergents and cleaning agents, both benzalkonium chloride and triclosan are known endocrinal intoxicants and human carcinogens that pollute wastewater and are contribute to the spectre of antibiotic resistance.”

http://medherb.com/eletter/GSE-Caldecott.pdf

via Do you use grapefruit seed extract?.

Advertisements

About owenokie

I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Wilderness Therapist and HeartMath Provider living in Scotland and am also studying Buddhist Psychotherapy.
This entry was posted in herbal products, natural products, supplements and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s