Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) - Antimicrobial
Note on recent comments resulting from a German study that it is added preservatives in GSE that are its active ingredients and not the GSE. 6 commercial grapefruit seed extract products were tested in this study, which determined that all 6 contained benzethonium chloride and 3 contained triclosan (a common germicide) and methylparaben - all 3 chemicals toxic to humans. One product contained no preservatives but also demonstrated no antimicrobial activity on the microbes tested.
According to the manufacturer, every batch of Citricidal® is certified for the absence of not only pesticide and herbicide residues, but also the absence of the preservatives benzethonium chloride, triclosan and methylparaben. United States Testing Company Report No. 405993, dated 9/8/95 supposedly confirms these results, but this author has been unable to locate it on the web. The results show that without these preservatives present, Citricidal® displays very strong antimicrobial activity. Additionally, every batch of Citricidal® is tested and certified free from chemical and heavy metal contamination.
One explanation for the study's findings is that Citricidal® has a similar molecular weight to benzethonium chloride and may have been misidentified.
Citricidal's General Manager, Richard Perry, gave the following response to the question “Can you tell us how it is manufactured?” in an interview by a board member of the Natural Ingredient Resource Center:
“We cannot give you our proprietary process. All I am willing to offer is that we start with grapefruit bioflavonoids and convert them into a quaternary ammonium compound similar to a known, but toxic, compound called benzethonium chloride.
The difference is our product has an oxygen and carbon bond that is different than that of benzethonium. Our product also has an LD50 of over 5000 mg/kg of live body weight. That means that an average weight human would have to consume a quart of CITRICIDAL daily before there would be a 50% chance of death as a result. Our product is used by the drop”.
Citricidal has been used worldwide for over three decades with no reports of it having caused harm to anyone and yet there are thousands of both clinical and anecdotal reports of how it has helped people with many microbially related health issues. Bottom line - you will need to come to your own conclusion on this.
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