Top 7 surprising health benefits of Soursop

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Amazing benefits of Soursop

The soursop fruit is very common in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. It is also called Graviola, custard apple or Guanabana in Spanish. The fruit has a very sumptuous soft flesh loaded with vitamins and minerals. It also has cancer-fighting properties no wonder it’s said to be a miracle fruit. The whole of the fruit doesn’t go wasted as its root, bark, stems, leaves, pulp and seeds are all medicinal. Its delicious sweet-sour taste will thrill you to want more of it, as it’s a combination of pineapple and strawberry. Let’s take a look at some of its amazing health benefits:
1. Anti-analgesic and anti-inflammatory: For women with arthritic pain and inflammation, soursop is the fruit to love; its anti-inflammatory effect helps relieve that sore joint.
2. Relieves cough and colds: If you have been struggling with frequent coughs and flu-like conditions, soursop help soothes irritation, clears your airways, relieves congested nose. The leaves can be brewed as a tea and drunk; the pulp can be processed into a juice and taken.
3. Sedative effect: It helps people with insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), people suffering from excessive stress, a cup of soursop juice makes you feel relaxed, and helping you to have that perfect sleep you always crave for.
4. Boost immunity: Its vitamins and minerals help to boost immunity. It’s laden with vitamin C, B1, B2. It also helps fight infections. In an assessment of Graviola, published in the December 2008 issue of the “Journal of Dietary Supplements” by U.S. researchers Lana Dvorkin-Camiel and Julia S. Whelan, multiple in-vitro studies determined that Graviola is effective against various microbial and parasitic agents. Graviola displayed specific effectiveness on parasites such as Leishmania braziliensis, Leishmania panamensis, Nippostrongylus braziliensis, Artemia salina and Trichomonas vaginalis, as well as against the Herpes simplex virus as reported by Collective-Evolution.
5. Source of energy: it is infused with fructose and carbohydrates to provide the needed energy for your daily activities.
6. Anti-cancerous: studies have proven the soursop fruit to have cancer-fighting properties. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1997 suggests that soursop compounds tested on breast cancer cells in culture were more effective than chemotherapy in destroying the cells as reported by Cancercenter.com.
7. Skin health: soursop is amazing at making your skin look supple, reducing wrinkles while giving you that ageless look, it also has antibacterial and anti-microbial properties that can relieve you of skin disorders like eczema, acne etc. the leaves and the seeds can be made into a smooth powder and used directly on the skin.
Also see: How to make soursop juice
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