Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Is grapefruit seed extract used in natural sinus relief methods?

Is GSE used in natural sinus relief methods?

The online literature review revealed that grapefruit seed extract (G.S.E.) is used in natural sinus relief methods. For instance, (1) Stengler and Balch (2004)  in their book “Prescription for Natural Cures: A Self-Care Guide for Treating Health Problems with Natural Remedies, Including Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Supplements, Bodywork, and More” included the extract in the Super Seven Prescriptions-Sinusitis list. They prescribed the grapefruit seed extract nasal spray for both acute and chronic paranasal sinus disorders.

(2) The extract has both antiviral and antifungal properties as mentioned in David Rakel’s (2012) “Integrative Medicine.” The extracts are sold as liquid and capsules in health food shops. Sinus Survival Spray consists of grapefruit seed extract, yarrow leaf, calendula, and aloe.

(3) Ron Kendrick (2009) mentioned in “Peasant Remedies for Sinus Infections” that the seed extract reduces paranasal sinus inflammation. The grape seed extract contains polyphenols, linoleic acid, bioflavonoid, and vitamin E. The polyphenols with antioxidant properties work on free radicals that damage cells.  The extract liquid neutralizes viruses’ defense mechanism, making them dormant.  SinusFix pills consist of grapefruit seed extract, butterbur, peppermint extract and many other natural ingredients.

(4) Jon Barron (2008) in “Lessons from the Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness” cited research studies that confirmed anti-pathogenic properties of the seed extract. The grapefruit extract is therefore used externally and internally to treat various disorders, including food poisoning and sinusitis.
(5) In “Natural Prescriptions for Women: What to Do—And When to Do it—To Solve more than 100 female health problems,” Susan Berg (2000) highlighted benefits of Sinus Survival Spray containing grapefruit seed extract:
  • The spray irrigates and moistens the inflamed sinus membranes, soothing them.
  • It eliminates viruses and bacteria.
(6) Brigitte Mars (2006) discussed medicinal properties of G.S.E. in her “Beauty by Nature.” G.S.E. or citracidal is known as Citrus paradisi in botanical community.  The extract has antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Both capsule and liquid forms are available. The G.S.E. based remedies are prescribed for the patients suffering from sinus infections, yeast infections, and diarrhea. The seed extract is also used in cosmetics.

(7) Dr. Patrick Fratellone (2004) recommended G.S.E. for the patients having active sinus infection in his book “You’re on the Air with Dr. Fratellone: Answers to Questions Most Frequently Asked about Supplements and Herbs for the Heart.”
But never forget to consult your doctor before using natural sinus relief methods.

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