Grapefruit seed extract is one supplement that may be helpful in the treatment of warts, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Grapefruit seed extract is sometimes confused with grape seed extract, which is a different supplement. Grapefruit seed extract should not be used as a replacement for traditional medical care. See your health provider for information regarding treatment for your condition.
How Grapefruit Seed Extract is Made
Grapefruit seed extract is made from grapefruit seeds and pulp, which is then ground into a fine powder. The powder is then distilled to remove fiber and pectin. A distilled mixture is dissolved in vegetable glycerin and heated. The final product is a distilled version of beneficial nutrients found in grapefruit.
Benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract
Since grapefruit seed extract acts as a broad-spectrum “bactericide, fungicide, antiviral, and anti-parasitic compound,” according to a report published by CBS news, it has many potential uses for boosting overall immune function. Although there have been no formal studies about the effectiveness of treating warts specifically with grapefruit seed extract, CBS news points to many kinds of skin conditions that may be helped with this supplement: These include the treatment of warts, as well as athlete’s foot, calluses, corns, blisters and nail fungi. Further studies are needed to assess the effectiveness of grapefruit seed extract against other forms of treatment for these conditions.