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Grape seed extract - Effective water purifier?

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1. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

I have been told by a couple people that 4 drops/litre is an eefective way of treating most questionable water.

I have been told it A) kills bacteria, and B) enahnces your immune system.

It sounds great and all, but does anyone know anything solid about the stuff?

I always tend to question information given to me by those whose financial planners are crystal pendulums.

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Yes - I've heard this. There are several websites selling it and giving reviews too. It's not cheap stuff to buy though, at around £50 a litre.
I've used 'Milton Baby Bottle Steriliser' in the past. Basically, a teaspoonful in about 2 pints of cold water is sufficient to sterilise it. However, it needs to be left for at least 2 hours before drinking - and does give the water a bit of a salty taste. I don't know how quickly the grapeseed extract kicks in. Maybe it works straight away. Whenever I've been to a country with what I consider to have 'Very' dodgy water, ie Zimbabwe, Egypt, Albania and parts of Ukraine, I've always gone for bottled water - or boiled it, then cooled it overnight.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

If you need to treat your drinking water go for an Iodine purifier - you don't want to get Giardiasis now do you?

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Just been reading about Giurdiasis you mentioned. Ugh!!
Is there anywhere in the world it doesn't exist?? It looks just horrid.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Nah, you can even get if from drinking manky water out camping in good old England!

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

So I've just read. Don't tell Paul 64 though - he'll doubt it's true and have a much more professional statement to make.
Does it exist in tap water in GB?? Do you know of anywhere that it doesn't thrive?? It looks frighteningly nasty.

7. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

So I've just read. Don't tell Paul 64 though - he'll doubt it's true and have a much more professional statement to make.
Does it exist in tap water in GB?? Do you know of anywhere that it doesn't thrive?? It looks frighteningly nasty.

Some people rely on scientific studies with tangible results on a wide range of people to trust something as effective.

Some people rely only on personal experience.

He made some very valid points about mozzy protection. What are you gaining by baiting or being negative about him?

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 7y

Just a reminder. Unless really, really necessary, don't bring unrelated discussions from another thread in here. Please try to keep to the topic.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-May-2009, at 13:09 by Hien ]

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