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Some Benefits of Citrus Seed Extract

In my study of different citrus seeds and citrus seed extract, I've noticed that many of them claim to have very strong medicinal properties. Grape seed extract, for example, apart from being a very high source of antioxidants, also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Continuing to study different citrus fruits and citrus seeds, I noticed a similar trend, that though the different citrus fruits all had great health properties, the seeds also seemed to have great medicinal healing properties. The greatest of these is the grapefruit seed. Grapefruit seed extract has a powerful combination of chemicals that make it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal as well. When taken at the onset of illness, it can greatly boost the body's immune system and defense against the invading sickness.

It strikes me as odd though that different kinds of citrus seed extracts would have those kinds of properties, namely the ability to ward off disease. I suppose that the seed, being all alone in the dirt, needs some way of protecting itself from tiny microbial and fungal life in order to protect its rich nutrients stored up to give the seed a chance to sprout into life. I'm definitely not a botanist, but that sort of explanation would make sense to me.

Generally when people use the phrase citrus seed extract, they're referring to grapefruit seed extract. Those two terms are usually used synonymously. Grapefruit seed extract is produced from not only the seeds of the grapefruit, but also from the pulp, and the white fleshy inner skin called the albedo. In another article, I wrote all about the different benefits of the grapefruit and also about how many different nutrients are stored in this, essentially tasteless part of the fruit. Since this area is larger in grapefruit than in almost any other kind of fruit, we can derive the maximum benefit from turning it into an extract. Extracts in general are seen as the most potent form of supplement that can be synthesized from a natural source.

Before I did research into citrus seed extract, I had been under the notion that extracts were only made from the seeds of the fruit and not from the rest of the fruit. But this has proven to be untrue, especially in the case of grapefruits. Because the albedo of the grapefruit is so healthy and medicinal, it is also added into the extract. But it begs the question then. If the edible portion of grapefruit are being compressed in part in the extract, then why don't people just eat grapefruit instead of using the extract? The albedo is mostly tasteless and most people like to eat it along with the fruit itself. This has the extra benefit of containing a lot of fiber also, which is a great thing.

I suppose that there are pros and cons to both. I'm not knocking grapefruit seed extract by any means. I myself have taken grapefruit seed extract at the onset of lots of different sicknesses and I will verify that it has helped fight off the disease before it could ever really take hold. It's a powerful extract and can be purchased at almost all health stores as well as many places on the net.

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