Grapefruit Seed Extract
My Experience With Grapefruit Seed
I know this sounds like an advertisement article, but it is not! I’m not of the “push a product” type. The intention here is to detail my personal experience with Grapefruit Seed Extract. I am NOT a doctor, I am not a paid spokesperson, I am just a simple (ha) human being. This is my story….
What Got Me Started With Grapefruit Seed Extract
It all started when I kept having recurring mouth sores. Then I would bite them and they’d hurt more. It got to the point where smiling was painful! I changed my toothpaste to an all natural type since the sodium lauryl sulfate was mention as a cause of sores….I upped my Vitamin C….I gargled with saltwater……. all of which helped a little but they are still there.
Then one day I came across the mention of Grapefruit Seed Extract. By now I was desperate, having even tried making my own toothpaste (a dismal failure for me). So I figured for under $20 I’d give it a try!
What type to chose?
I found there were liquid types and there were tablet types. After reading that the liquid can be used as a natural cleaner (well diluted) I figured if it didn’t work for my poor cheeks I could always use it for that.
I opted to go with the Nutribiotic Liquid Drops. I got the 4 oz size, which is about the size of your hand. I’ve had it for over a year and haven’t even used half! As for the cleaner idea, I haven’t tried it yet :).
One word………..bleh. I dropped 10 drops into a bottle of water, which was a mistake! I should’ve started with less water until I got used to the taste. I tastes like the rind of the grapefruit, the white part……..bleck. Desperate as I was, I suffered through it. For your first time, start with 8 oz of water and 5 drops to get used to the taste. I managed to drink the whole bottle of water though! Holding your nose helps a bit.
After a week of daily 10 drops in a bottle of water (glutton for punishment), I noticed I had a lot fewer mouth irritations and the ones I had were small and healed fast! I stuck with the daily routine for a few months and eliminated the sores completely!!!
I thought it was just coincidence so I stopped taking it. A week later, I had a painful sore right where my sharp tooth hits the cheek. Started a few drops in a glass of water, gone in three days. So now I take it a few times a week, and if I forget for more than 4 days I get a mouth sore.
I thought maybe I just needed more vitamin C, but even taking more in different forms I still would get the mouth sores.
Update: It’s been over a year now and I have the same results. I skip GSE for more than three days, I either get a random mouth sore or when I bite my cheeks it doesn’t heal well. GSE and it heals within a day or two!
Why it works I don’t know. I have no problems with it, no upset stomach or anything, and I found no evidence that it can hurt to take. Perhaps the PH makes your mouth unfriendly to whatever causes the sores? I can only speculate, I just know it works for me!
DO NOT, under any circumstances, get the undiluted stuff in your eyes! Or even on your skin! It’s strong and will not feel good (kinda like getting lemon juice in your eyes). Be careful when dropping it into a water bottle that it all goes into the bottle and not drip on the rim or you will get an unpleasant experience on the first swig.
A side note, I tried adding it to orange juice to disguise the flavor-don’t do this. Not only did it not disguise, but it caused a sediment at the bottom of the glass both times I tried it. I added it to a citrus soda and the taste was terrible! Stick with water or non orange juice/non citrus soda. I find it easier to just drink the glass of water fast and be done with it.
I hope someone else with mouth sores has luck with it, it works for me!