Urinary tract infections are the 2nd most common form of infection in the body, affecting over 8 million people annually in the U.S. Women are more susceptible to UTIs, and it is estimated that over 50% of women will develop a UTI at certain point in their life.
Unfortunately, urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics and when that happens there seems to be little you can do except to hope that your body’s natural defenses can fight off the infection. Luckily, there are natural remedies that can help you to treat these infections.
Grapefruit seed is one of those remedies that can fight UTI.
It is a fact that women are more prone to infections, but also, a small fraction of men get the disease too. The disease can turn serious rather quickly if antibiotics aren’t working and can progress to full-blown kidney failure.
UTI and Grapefruit Seed Research
Scientists conducted research that showed grapefruit seeds to be “highly effective” when it came to killing the bacteria causing the urinary tract infections, even when antibiotics had failed. The same study also suggested that an extract of grapefruit seeds was able to inhibit bacterial growth.
How does it Work?
Only recently have we been able to determine why the grapefruit seed works, and more importantly, how it works. Researchers first confirmed that the grapefruit seed extract was effective against many different bacterial organisms at doses that were safe to the person consuming the extract.
It was only last decade, with the scanning transmission electron microscope, that scientists were able to determine how exactly the extract worked.
The grapefruit seed extract gets through the bacterial membrane and releases the cytoplasmic internal content very quickly – within 15 minutes even in very small doses and dilutions. The extract also inhibited the growth of gram-positive bacteria and somewhat on gram-negative.
What this shows is that the grapefruit seed extract works incredibly fast, and incredibly well, even compared to traditional antibiotics. Also, grapefruit seed extract is very potent as an antifungal medicine, which gives it another advantage over the antibiotics. You just need to consume grapefruit seed extract every day for two weeks, or to consume grapefruit everyday, that’s all.
The Natural Alternative
The bottom line is that even if the antibiotics to treat these bacterial infections were safe and always effective, grapefruit seed extract would still be a superior treatment.
However, they are not always effective and in some cases unsafe. Also, antibiotics are expensive and grapefruit seed extract costs almost nothing.