Soursop (Annona muricata), also known as graviola or guanabana, may have a funny name, but it has amazing health benefits!
Soursop is rich in folate, niacin, thiamin, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. This tasty fruit is used in holistic medicine to treat an upset stomach, coughs, asthmatic symptoms, skin conditions, gout, fever and as a mild, natural sedative.
It has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-microbial properties.
Can Soursop Prevent Cancer?
Until recently, most of the analyses on the antioxidant rich soursop have scrutinized the roots, leaves and seeds. According to the reports of current research, the humble, fresh fruit of the soursop has risen to a new level of importance; it has anti-cancer benefits:
– It can attack the cancer cells and work on them without causing weight loss, hair loss or nausea as in chemotherapy;
– The immune system is protected and deadly infections can be warded off;
– The energy levels increase and so does the physical appearance.
The extract of the plant’s leaf can be used to kill bad cells of different cancer types such as breast colon, pancreas, prostate and lung. It slows down the growth of the cancer cells more effectively than the drugs used in chemotherapy.
The soursop juice will selectively hunt down and kill the cancer cells and not healthy cells unlike in chemotherapy.
Other Known Soursop Leaves And Fruit Benefits
1. Boosts the Immune System and Prevents Infections
Soursop has a lot of excellent properties that are necessary to keep your immune system strong and at optimum health so it can effectively perform its functions such as warding off diseases. It is extremely effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria, as well.
Boil 4/5 soursop leaves in 4 cups of water until one cup water remains and drink this concoction regularly once in a day for beneficial results.
2. Regulates Bowel Movements
With graviola, you don’t have to worry about constipation and hemorrhoids. It is rich in fiber which means that when you consume it regularly, you can expect regular bowel movements.
3. Increased Energy
Soursop has properties that keep your body active and energized so you won’t feel lethargic all day.
4. Eczema, Rheumatism, and Osteoporosis prevention
Rheumatic diseases are commonly observed in elderly people, causing great pain. Soursop is rich in calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen the bones and prevent bone and joint diseases such as osteoporosis.
Soursop leaves are a natural treatment for arthritis pain. For this purpose, mashes the soursop leaves until they become smooth and apply on the areas of the body affected by pain due to arthritis and eczema, regularly twice a day.
5. Back Pain Relieve
Back and leg pain is now part of our everyday life. Most often it is caused by excessive physical effort or sitting in the same position for a long time. Using chemical drugs for back pain can cause side effects. Soursop leaves are an effective herbal remedy for treating back pain without any negative effect.
You can boil 20 pieces of soursop leaves in 5 cups of water until only 3 cups of water are left. Drink ¾ cup of this concoction once in a day for relief.
6. Heart Disease and Nerve Disease Prevention
Because soursop can aid in proper blood circulation, boost metabolism and prevent damage to your nerves, you will have a better functioning heart and your nervous system will also be less likely to get damaged as you grow older.
Moreover, it has been widely believed that sour sop leaves can also treat gout by lowering the uric acid in the body.
Simply boil 6 – 10 leaves with 2 cups of water and drink one cup twice a day.
For those suffering from back pain and rheumatism, you can benefit from the use of graviola extract obtained from its leaves, by drinking it hot once a day. Soursop is also believed to help prevent infection by inhibiting the growth of viruses, bacteria and parasites.
7. Get Rid of Lice
Instead of using harmful chemicals that may result with hair problems like dandruff, split ends, hair loss, and premature graying, natural ingredients and herbal products can be very effective in combating these problems.
Applying a soursop leaf decoction on your hair can help you to get rid of head lice.
You can also prepare Soursop Smoothie and enjoy the numerous health benefits.
You will need:
–1/2 cup soursop pulp
–1 cup milk
–7-8 ice cubes
Cut the fruit in half, scoop the pulp out and remove the seeds.
Blender the ingredients and make a smoothie and it is ready to pour.
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