Superfood Spotlight: Soursop Fruit

My mom recently emailed me an article on the soursop fruit and its amazing health befits. Growing up in Puerto Rico, my great grandmother would make a pitcher of this fruit juice from the trees grown on her farm for my mom and her siblings. My great grandparents drank the juice daily and lived until their late 90s, neither of them had any type of cancer! Quite an amazing superfood! 


WHAT IS IT: The soursop fruit, also called graviola, is a flowering, evergreen tree native to tropical regions of the world. It contains a long, prickly green fruit that has strong anti-cancer properties. Its flavor has been described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus flavor notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Studies show that the fruit can kill cancer up to 10,000 times more effectively than strong chemotherapy drugs, without harming healthy cells. (WOW!) The bark of the plant is identified as having the highest cancer cells killing property. Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders. Graviola is a natural immune booster, which has traditionally been used to kill parasites, ameliorate liver problems, reduce fevers and treat cold and flu.

WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS: The National Cancer Institute first noted the anticancer activity of graviola leaves in 1976, in an internal study not publicly released. Much of the subsequent research has been conducted at Purdue University in Indiana. Over 20 laboratory tests have confirmed the strong anti-cancer capabilities of soursop. These tests have revealed:


  • Soursop killed cancerous cells in 12 types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
  • The fruit contains compounds that are 10,000 times more potent in inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells than Adriamycin, a chemotherapy drug used to treat several types of cancer 
  • Annonaceous acetogenins present in soursop kills only cancerous cells and not healthy cells (all conventional treatments, be it chemotherapy, radiation, or oral drugs, kill both cancerous and healthy cells) 
  • Soursop slows the growth of cancerous cells without causing any harmful side effects 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT? It may be hard to find the raw fruit, but many health food stores sell soursop juice. Graviola extract is also commonly sold in health foods stores in tincture, powder or capsule form. Many stores sell Graviola tea bags or Graviola powder, which can be brewed into a tea. A great way to consume Graviola is by mixing it into a shake with other herbs and juices.

Purchase Graviola supplements here

Sources:

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1015620
http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/graviola
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/graviola3.htm