Soursop may be the most famous natural cancer-fighting fruit you have never come across.
That is unless you have ties to the Caribbean or South America.
Also known as guanabana and graviola, the spiny green fruit is well known in the Caribbean islands (especially Jamaicans, who refer to it by its Spanish name guanabana) and central and northern South America, where it grows as fruit of a tall evergreen tree of the same name.
Inside the husk is a creamy, custardy pulp, dotted with seeds. The fruit is lovely and sweet and some say a combination of strawberry with citrus highlights. Mark Twain called soursop “deliciousness itself“.
What is most interesting is it legendary healing powers among native islanders and locals where it grows. Come of the curative reputation comes from the soursop leaves, which can be made into soursop tea. Drink the leaves steeped in hot water and it said to help cancer patients beat their disease naturally, although doctors caution it should not be the only therapy.
Researchers have discovered it contains phytochemicals at that good at killing resistant cancer cells that survive chemical therapies. Still, there have not been any clinical trials held to study it in humans. All research conducted has been lab based research. More work is required to demonstrate yet that it is a definitive cancer cure.
Soursop is proven to be a good anti-inflammatory and helps soothe intestinal upset and works as an antidysenteric. It also can help with insomnia. The graviola seeds, while toxic to eat, can be pulverized into a paste that can sooth skin irritations and eruptions.
Learn more about graviola, soursop and guanabana (all the same thing) at aboutsoursop.com.
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