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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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