Soursop, or also known as Graviola, is an exotic fruit known for its unique taste that many people say is a cross between strawberries and pineapple. Sounds delicious! But besides being tasty, this fruit possesses amazing medicinal properties.
The bark, leaves, and root of the soursop tree have been used for treating and preventing a variety of health problems for hundreds of years now.
Most experts believe that the plant contains acetogenins, a type of anti-cancerous agents. These compounds inhibit NADH oxidase of plasma membranes of abnormal cells and fight several types of cancer.
A group of scientists conducted a study based on a few compounds that have been extracted from graviola leaves. These have been tested against HeLa and PC3 cell lines.
HeLa cells treated with 75 μg of a crude leaf extract of A. muricata showing 80% of cell inhibition.Another, more recent study involving the use of Graviola on pancreatic cancer cells was also very promising. Pancreatic cancer is notoriously resistant to regular chemotherapy—a Graviola extract was found to inhibit tumor growth.
You need a quart of boiling water and 15 graviola leaves. Chop up the leaves and stems, and add them in the water. Turn the heat on low, and let it simmer until you notice that the liquid has reduced by half.
Graviola tea works well when consumed both cold and hot. For optimal results, drink it three times a day.
One of the most important and biggest scientific studies, which revealed the potential anti-cancer properties of Graviola was conducted by group of researchers and medical experts at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Purdue University. This study was mainly focused on the most important compounds, found in Graviola. And these compounds are actually annonaceousacetogenins. They’ve spent millions of dollars on these studies.
The expertsexamined Graviola and some other plants as well that contain anti-cancer compounds, such as: pawpaw. The researchers have found that the compounds found in these fruits (Graviola, pawpaw) were able to inhibit cancer cell growth and the healthy cells were unaffected. And the most important thing is that the Graviola compounds had beneficial effects in cases of cancer cells, which were resistant to the conventional anti-cancer drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration ignored these facts, and their excuse was the fact that the study was performed in vitro and the cells were collected in test tubes. Unfortunately, there is no clinical study that would confirm these findings.
Note: if you want to use Graviola, you should know that this is very strong natural remedy and it’s highly recommended for you to seek advice from a professional expert before you start using it.