Try something: Cut an apple and an orange in half and leave them on your table. The apple soon turns brown, but the orange doesn’t change. Why? Because citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc.) contain antioxidants—including vitamin C, which prevents oxidation.
Now imagine you are biting into a citrus seed—wow! Isn’t that bitter and acidic? That’s why several studies have shown that citrus extracts are more effective in killing bacteria than bleach or colloidal silver.
Moreover, several other active substances in citrus fruits make them formidable allies against bacteria, such as salmonella, E. coli, and against the viruses responsible for influenza, herpes, and stomach ulcers.
The first citrus seed extracts’ clinical application was successfully directed at candida albicans. This pathogen belongs to the fungus family and can invade our digestive system. Some protozoans also fall to the power of citrus seeds.
Some Practical Applications
In addition to candida infections, citrus seed extracts are effective against diarrhea, traveler’s trots (never go on a trip without your citrus seed extract), cold sores, warts, and several respiratory tract conditions, such as sinusitis and ear infections.
Surprising applications have also been identified, such as warding off spiders and keeping away fleas from your pets and fungi from your house plants. It can also be used to wash your cutting board.
In fact, you will discover many applications using citrus seed extracts wherever there are potential pathogens.
Michel Le Comte, B.Ps., N.D.
Degree-Holding Naturopath, ADNQ Member