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7 Possible Health Benefits of Soursop (Graviola)

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Plants became the basis of traditional medicine system throughout the world forthousands of years and continue to provide mankind with new remedies. Soursop or Graviola has been widely used and grown in traditional indigenous medicine in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and Central America. (1)

The taste of Soursop reminds us of a tropical punch, and it can be prepared in a number delicious drinks. We like Soursop ice cream, popular throughout the Caribbean.

If you do not have access to Soursop plant, you can pick up one of the juices at the health food store or possibly even grocery stores in many major cities. You can also purchase Jans Soursop Premimum Juice online.

Possible Health Benefits – Preliminary Research Findings
The green spiny tropical fruit of Soursop / Graviola has been has a wide potent anticancerous agents coined as Acetogenins which play a key role towards many varieties of cancer. (1)

Further investigation of other experimental studies may confirm that this potential lead in the research of Soursop and Graviola for health benefits could make a great impact in which it could help to accelerate the pipeline of drug discovery using extracts of Soursop/ Graviola. (1)

According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center .

Many of the health benefits from Soursop/ Graviola are thought to be derived from its antioxidant properties. In animal studies, extracts from graviola leaves showed the following benefits:
1. Anti-inflammatory
2. Analgesic
3. Anti-diabetic
4. Anti-ulcer
5. Anti-viral effects.
6. The leaf extracts also have antimicrobial activities. (2)

7. Cancer
Graviola extracts from the leaf, fruit, and seed have been tested in laboratories for their anticancer effects. Some studies show these extracts to be active against breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver, and skin cancer cell lines. (1)

However, graviola products have not been studied in cancer patients.

Use caution when consuming Graviola / Soursop as there could be adverse reactions. Seek guidance from a licensed health care professional. Adverse affects include neurological impacts in consuming seeds which have toxins.
You are taking blood pressure medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You are taking diabetic medications: Graviola may increase their effects.
You have liver or kidney disease: Graviola can cause liver and kidney toxicity with repeated use.
You are having nuclear imaging: Graviola can reduce tissue uptake of radiopharmaceuticals used for diagnosis or treatment.
You have low platelet count: Graviola may reduce platelet count. (2)

References

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23889049
(2) https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/graviola

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Cerasee Tea

20160304_133339.jpgWith the scientific name Momordica charantia, “Cerasee Tea” is a staple in many Jamaican households. The highly potent, medicinal herb is Native to Africa and carried by African Slaves brought to the Americas. Though extremely bitter in taste, the herb is taken often by those who experience its numerous health benefits of Cerasee tea including anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties to combat the cold/ flu season, acne particularly for women around the time of menstruation, detox after eating sugary foods. Others believe that it is useful in treating hypertension, hair loss and urinary tract infection.

So effective in lowering blood sugar that it can be a danger to diabetics on blood sugar lowering medicines, as there blood sugar can dip dangerously low. Therefore doctors supervision and advice is strongly recommended before taking this herb.

Cerasee is also known as balsam apple, balsam pear, bitter gourd, corrilla and karela.

You can purchase the tea online from a number of websites.

We recommend Angel Brand Cerasse Tea. Sweeten with Raw Manuka Honey Paste by YS Eco Bee Farms .

 

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