Soursop, (Annona muricata), also called guanabana, graviola, or Brazilian pawpaw, tree of the custard apple family (Annonaceae), grown for its large edible fruits. Native in the rain forests of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. It is a common food there. The fruit’s fibrous white flesh, which combines the flavours of mango and pineapple, can be eaten fresh and is strained to make custards, ice creams, and drinks. Soursop has been promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.
People in Africa and South America uses most parts of the soursop tree. from the bark, leaves, root, and fruits, to treat infections with viruses or parasites, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, and sickness.
Other studies also reveal that soursop or graviola has anxiolytic, immunomodulatory, antidepressant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective and anti-tumor properties.
The soursop fruit is a nutritious and delicious fruit rich in fiber and vitamin C. It also contains minerals like potassium, iron and magnesium, and trace amounts of other vitamins like folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. According to studies, soursop offers plenty of health benefits, such as: (Related: Soursop leaves may alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.)
Soursop is a versatile food that can easily be incorporated into any type of diet. To enjoy the health benefits of soursop, add it to smoothies or use it to sweeten desserts and baked goods. Soursop can also be made into tea or simply eaten as is.
Aside from eating Soursop, there are natural supplements to help to really be able to attain the recommended amounts. Fortunately, there are supplements that offer concentrated doses.
This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.