Soursop is the fruit of soursop (Annona muricata, family Annonaceae).
It measures up to 30 cm long and can weigh up to 4 or 5 kg.
Its exterior is dark green, its bark thorns pricked.
Its flesh is white and fleshy with black seeds (indigestible).
In Brazil, this fruit is called graviola, sapodilla and the island of La Reunion (from the name of
the fruit in India, Sapadille), also called soursop in English, in guanabana, Spanish, or, mang-
cau Vietnam or yet thu-riankhaek Thailand.
Soursop fruit is an energy with high carbohydrate content.
It is rich in vitamin C, which facilitates the absorption of iron (also present in soursop).
It also contains fiber and minerals, including potassium, calcium and magnesium ...
The sweet taste of soursop allows to consume wild without adding sugar. It is also eaten as fruit
salad, juice or sherbets and even cooked like in Indonesia flan or gratin.
Peeled and stripped of its seeds, soursop can also be cooked.
Soursop name comes from Dutch "zuur zak", meaning sour fruit. Parts of the plant began to flower, leaf, fruit, seeds, bark, and roots can be used as traditional medicine.
In the early 1990s, found 34 Cytotoxic compounds, on soursop leaves are able to inhibit to kill body cells that have abnormal growth (cancer cells). These compounds have several advantages when compared with current cancer treatments, among others, to kill cancer effectively and safely, without causing nausea and vomiting and without weight loss or loss of hair in large numbers.
Soursop leaves known to contain substances capable of acetogenins annonaceous 10,000 times more potent cell-killing cancer cells than adriamycin substance, commonly used in chemotherapy treatment. Substance acetogenins can kill various types of cancer, like colon cancer, thyroid, prostate, lung, breast, and pancreatic disease even hemorrhoids without damaging or disturbing the body's cells healthy. This has been investigated in the laboratory of the Health Sciences Institute, the United States under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute, the United States.
"Before deciding to eat processed soursop leaves as a treatment for cancer or tumors, you should consult first with your doctor or herbalist place during this treatment. Therefore, it is feared you have allergies to soursop or drugs during the time you consume an effect reversed by compounds in soursop leaf, "explains Stephen, herbalist from Herbacure, on his presentation.
A powerful anti-cancer
Nature surprises us more and more. The virtues of this fruit are ignored by the majority of the
population in the world and particularly by people who have cancer. However, soursop, still
known as Guanabana or Graviola is a fruit that its anti-cancer properties are scientifically
The bark, fruits, leaves and roots act on the cells of our body. The leaves of the tree can destroy
cancer cells and act ten thousand times as chemotherapy and without side effects (weight loss,
hair loss, etc.). The graviola ensures its reputation among researchers in the cure of breast
cancer, bowel, ovary, liver and lungs.
All parts of this tree are used in natural medicine, nothing is lost because the bark, roots, fruits,
leaves and seeds are beneficial to the health of humans.
According to the research results of PURDUE American university, the leaves of this tree
are more important. Indeed, they can destroy cancer cells.
So if you happen to make juice at home, choose primarily soursop juice!
Nutritional value per 100 g of fruit:
Nutrients and components
Calories 66 Kcal
Water 81.16 g
Protein 1 g
Fat 0.3 g
Carbohydrates 16.84 g (of which 15 to 20% sugar)
2 IU provitamin A
Vitamin C 20.6 mg
Vitamin B1 0.07 mg
Vitamin B2 0.05 mg
0.9 mg Vitamin B3
0.253 mg vitamin B5
Vitamin B6 0.059 mg
Potassium 278 mg
Phosphorus 27 mg
Magnesium 21 mg
Calcium 14 mg
Sodium 14 mg
Copper 0.6 mg
The infusion of the leaves of soursop helps digestion. 1 glass after meals
Against insomnia, use a sweet infusion from March to June soursop leaves to a cup of water.
To calm the restless children too wash with a decoction of equal parts fresh leaves and fallen
Against irritation of the intestines, a small green custard apple cut in half is left to soak for one
hour in 1 or 2 liters of water. A drink after each meal
Maceration soursop leaves in warm water is used as a poultice to relieve burns, type of
The oil obtained by pressing and green soursop leaves is used in friction against neuralgia and
rheumatism, as well as to combat parasites.
Use against diarrhea in three infusions soursop leaves in a glass of water for an adult and a
third sheet for a child
To treat abscesses, use the heated leaves of soursop with candle wax
To treat dry pruritic dermatoses children crumple leaves of soursop in a warm bath and wash
Macerating green soursop in seawater is to be applied in cases of rheumatism.
Caution and toxicity.
The presence of acetogenins and certain alkaloids are suspected neurotoxicity, urged caution
about regular usage and repeated internally. It is also recommended to avoid it during
pregnancy or nursing, as a precaution.