This fruit, the graviola, is native to the tropical and subtropical zones of Central and South America. Its scientific name is Annona Muricata and it grows in a medium sized leafy tree with fragrant leaves.
Graviola fruit has many denominations depending on the country or region, graviola, guanabana, guanaba, soursop, corossol, stachelannone, sour sack, stingannone, catuche, masasamba, sagua-sagua, etc.
This fruit is green and spiny with a delicious taste of pineapple and strawberry.
In traditional medicine, this fruit has been used to fight a multitude of affections and recently universities around the world are endorsing these multiple benefits.
The graviola fruit fights cancer
Numerous prestigious universities around the world have studied and demonstrated how graviola fruit helps fight cancer cells. Acetogenins is one of the natural antioxidants that is proving great effectiveness in the fight against cancer and this fruit is rich in it.
Cancer cells, stemming from a breast cancer, that resisted regular medication in chemotherapy treatments were treated with these acetogenins with the so (or not so) surprising result that they were eliminated without damaging the healthy cells.
Similar behavior obtained cancer cells from cancer as aggressive as the pancreas.
It’s the best thing for these treatments, it is good without adverse side effects and helps patients who are undergoing oncological chemotherapy treatment.
It has been shown that soursop is very useful in the fight of 12 different types of cancer cells and not only this, the graviola fruit fights cancer cells without harming healthy cells, positively helping our whole body.
The graviola fruit is rich in antioxidants.
Everyone knows the antioxidant richness of the soursop and its beneficial effects on health.
We will mention some examples of the benefits of the graviola fruit and its antioxidants.
Antioxidants help in eye diseases, this is extensively documented in diseases such as cataracts or tiller degeneration produced as an aging consequence.
Another clear effect is that it prevents aging, helping us to have a smooth, young skin and controlling the wrinkles we all get over time.
Graviola fruit juice also has many other positive effects on our skin, fights ulcers, acne and psoriasis.
The graviola fruit regulates the levels of sugar in the blood.
Studies have been carried out in rats with diabetes and these have shown that soursop consumption helps maintain blood sugar at acceptable levels.
In a Peruvian hospital they did this same study with diabetic patients yielding incredibly effective results in the control of their blood sugar.
The Graviola fruit supports the immune system.
The soursop is very effective in strengthening the immune system. Vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin C are very present in the juice of this fruit and its presence positively strengthens the immune system.
The fruit is rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C.
The fruit of the graviola keeps the stomach and intestines healthy and not only that but it also stops diarrhea and constipation.
Its alkaloid properties and its quinolones relieve colon ailments and stomach pains.
It has antibacterial properties (it even kills cholera bacteria) and antivirals.
The high dietary fiber content of the graviola fruit has a very positive effect on the intestinal tract and on the whole digestive system.
The graviola fruit helps in keeping healthy hair.
We all know the concern that many people have with their hair, well the graviola fruit extracts strengthen the scalp and make us have healthy and shiny hair.
In addition to this, it even eliminates lice according to studies carried out with soursop-based shampoo.
The graviola fruit helps to lose weight.
The high fiber and protein content of the soursop makes it the ideal food for any diet if your goal is to be healthy and lose weight.
The graviola fruit is anti-inflammatory.
The strong antioxidant properties of the graviola fruit grant it a spectacular anti-inflammatory capacity.
Ailments such as gout, arthritis or other joint pain can be effectively treated by graviola fruit at your daily intake.
In addition, the graviola fruit has a great analgesic capacity, which is highly recommended in all types of injuries, both caused by physical exercise and merely postural or work overload.
Another of the multiple benefits of graviola is its effective fight against colds and coughs, eliminating mucus from the respiratory tract.
If you have trouble falling asleep the graviola fruit will help you.
It also fights against depression for the antidepressant properties of its three main alkaloids, annonain, asimilobin and nornuciferin.
The graviola fruit improves the metabolism.
How does the soursop improve the metabolism? It is rather simple, its composition high in B complex vitamins convert the carbohydrates and fats of the human body into energy.
Graviola fruit helps to better metabolize food and better absorb them in our body.
The graviola fruit prevents osteoporosis.
Soursop prevents osteoporosis and strengthens bones with its high content of phosphorus and calcium.
The Graviola fruit ensures a healthy heart.
One of the most obvious and important benefits is that soursop helps stimulate the heart, blood circulation and nervous system. There are multiple studies supporting this.
If you consider these advantages and benefits, the daily intake of graviola fruit is highly recommended.
How can we include soursop in our diet?
We can consume fresh fruit, use extract in pills and capsules or the most recommended one which is the liquid extract of ozonized graviola (Graviola Prozono)
Anyway, for you to enjoy a delicious, wonderful and healthy juice find below a way to prepare it:
- 1 ripe graviola,
- 150 mL of water
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Peel the fruit, once peeled, put the pulp in a large bowl, squeeze the fruit even if it seems difficult because of its seeds so similar to the custard apple.
Now add the water, vanilla and nutmeg and you’ll have a delicious and healthy juice.