Monday, April 2, 2012

Could Grapefruit Seeds Be Our "Fix" For Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Could Grapefruit Seeds Be Our "Fix" For Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

A few days ago I posted an article on the amazing benefits of licorice and it has been really popular! So when I came across this ground breaking research article I simply couldn't help but share it!

I know that we are officially into spring so there will be less and less citrus available, but here in Texas where Rio Star grows the most amazing organic Ruby Red Grapefruit, there are still bags to be found! So if you can find some stock up before they are gone!

I've known for many years that grapefruit itself is a great support for the liver and gallbladder. It's so supportive that many people seek it out specifically as a part of a total liver/gallbladder cleanse. In fact, it's ability to support liver function and stimulate bile flow (which breaks down fat during digestion) has been linked to weight loss. These things I knew, but what I'm about to share with you is likely something you've never heard about grapefruit . . .

It seems that the seeds of grapefruit - not an extract of the seeds, but the whole fresh or dried seed - contain antibacterial properties that are so powerful that they are comparable to proven antibacterial drugs in treating urinary tract infections (UTI's)!!!

In fact, this study goes a step further and offers this . . . one of the participants had previously taken 3 different pharmaceutical antibiotics that specifically target UTI's and they were ineffective. But after 2 weeks on the grapefruit seed regimen his UTI subsided and his antibiotic resistance pattern was reversed!

It seems that all these years we may have been discarding one of the most potent antibiotic substances around . . . 

This little collection of grapefruit seeds is as powerful as 5 doses of a traditional antibiotic!

In this particular study the participants all had urinary tract infections (different varieties) and were all given 5-6 grapefruit seeds every 8 hours. They were instructed to chew them thoroughly and voile in 2 weeks the UTI's were gone demonstrating that the "antibacterial characteristic of dried or fresh grapefruit seeds when taken at a dosage of 5-6 seeds every 8 hours, is comparable to that of proven antibacterial drugs."

I have suffered with UTI's and chronic kidney and bladder issues since I was 4 years old. I have taken countless drugs with all of their side effects, been hospitalized for weeks at a time and undergone several surgeries (all before the age of 10) and my cure was as close as a grapefruit orchard!

So the next time you eat a grapefruit, save the seeds, dry them, store them in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid and add them to your natural pharmacy right next to your licorice root!

As a Naturopath I feel like it's important to mention that the more often we can refrain from using pharmaceutical antibiotics the better. You see, their frequent use is what has created the "super bugs" known as "antibiotic resistant" bacteria.

I don't usually post PubMed journal articles because they can sometimes be a bit difficult to read, but this one is so straight forward that I thought you may want to read it yourself!

J Altern Complement Med. 2005 Apr;11(2):369-71.
The effectiveness of grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) seeds in treating urinary tract infections.Oyelami OAAgbakwuru EAAdeyemi LAAdedeji GB. 
SourceDepartment of Paediatrics and Child Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. 
AbstractThree middle-aged males and one female were diagnosed as having urinary tract infections (UTIs) between 2001 and 2003 in the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, a unit of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Of the 4 patients, only the female was asymptomatic. The 3 males had Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella species, and Staphylococcus aureus, respectively, in their urine samples, while the female had Escherichia coli. All 4 patients were treated with grapefruit seeds (Citrus paradisi) orally for 2 weeks and they all responded satisfactorily to the treatment except the man with P. aeruginosa isolate. However, the initial profuse growth of Pseudomonas isolate in the patient that was resistant to gentamicin, tarivid, and augmentin later subsided to mild growth with reversal of the antibiotic resistance pattern after 2 weeks' treatment with grapefruit seeds. These preliminary data thus suggest an antibacterial characteristic of dried or fresh grapefruit seeds (C. paradisi) when taken at a dosage of 5 to 6 seeds every 8 hours, that is comparable to that of proven antibacterial drugs. 

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Even though this study was completed in 2005 and I do lots of research on the internet, this is the first time I've seen it! Unfortunately some of these smaller studies do not get the attention they deserve.  I am only too happy to pass this valuable information along to you . . .

I find that this type of treatment for patients with gluten, wheat and dairy sensitivities is extremely useful.  Since traditional antibiotics destroy the good, healthy bacteria in the "gut" they can kick off a firestorm of digestive and IBS symptoms!  These natural treatments seem to work in harmony with the beneficial bacteria, thus avoiding a set back in your health.

I hope you can still find some organic grapefruit this season, and when you do be sure to save the seeds!

As the great physician Hippocrates said . . . "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food . . ."

Dr. P

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