Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a substance derived from the seeds, membranes, and pulp of grapefruit. Used as a broad-spectrum, non-toxic, antimicrobial product, it is known to be highly effective for fighting infection and promoting health. GSE is used as a purifier, antiseptic, and preservative. Even in studies comparing its effectiveness to chlorine bleach, isopropyl alcohol, and colloidal silver, GSE has been found to be a superior antimicrobial.
Along with being economical, Grapefruit Seed Extract has no harmful side effects. Whereas most germ inhibiting components found in seeds can be toxic to humans and animals, the grapefruit seed has compounds that convert into a form that not only retains its antimicrobial properties but is also non-toxic.
Dr. Laurel says, "I tend to use grapefruit seed extract often for problems related to abnormal flora in the gut, such as inappropriate bacteria and yeast. This phenomena, termed dysbiosis, is due to overfeeding of carbohydrate-based dog and cat food, over vaccination, and other stressors which affect your modern day canines and felines. Other maladies that will respond amazingly well to GSE are ear infections, skin bacterial or fungal infections, and yeasty paws. It is also a great rinse for minor cuts and scrapes! However, In these cases, the GSE is diluted in water as it is much too intense to use as a concentrate. GSE is an incredible nutriceutical that has heaps of beneficial uses. Definitely one to have on your shelf as an animal caretaker!"