SOURSOP (Annona muricata)
Also known as:
guanabana, guyabano, graviola or custard apple.
The soursop is a small, upright evergreen tree about 5-6 meters high with large, glossy, dark green leaves. This tree is called graviola in Brazil , guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name "soursop" in English. The fruit is very large and the sub acid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets etc.
This Amazonian fruit is edible fresh or in ice creams.
A leaf decoction is used
for catarrh and the crushed seed to kill parasites. The bark, roots and leaves
are used in teas for diabetes and as a sedative and heart tonic. Some natives
use the leaf tea to cleanse and support the liver.
Fruit from the soursop tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy without the debilitating side effects, especially against cancer of the breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate.
A novel set of chemicals called annonaceous acetogenins, found in the leaf, stem, bark and fruit seeds, have been confirmed by three separate research groups to have significant anti-tumour properties and selective toxicity against various types of cancer cells (without harming healthy cells), at very low doses.
Soursop can effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer without causing hair loss, extreme nausea or weight loss. The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug. Also, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the soursop tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells but does not harm healthy cells.
It is also effective for a number of other health issues such as a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.
Research shows that with extracts from this remarkable tree it now may be possible to:
Conditions that the soursop can help to treat and protect against
High blood pressure
Sores and internal ulcers