A large, spiny, green and tropical fruit from the graviola tree, or Annona muricate that reaches a height of 25 or 30 feet. The fruit has a sweet, custardy flesh and provides carbohydrate and contains abundant vitamin C and several B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, along with calcium, phosphorus and a small amount of iron. This fruit is the basis for several beverages, ice creams and other sweet foods popular in South America. Beyond this, soursop also contains natural compounds with medicinal properties that assist in the relieve of stomach distress, fever, pain and respiratory problems such as cough and asthma as well as parasitic infections, hypertension and rheumatism. Interestingly enough it is used as a sedative as well. Soursop contains a number of natural substances with numerous biological activities. These include fatty compounds called acetogenins, especially one called annonacin, along with other compounds called quinolones, annopentocins and two alkaloids, coreximine and reticuline. Soursop’s acetogenins are the compounds that have been most studied, especially for their potential to prevent or slow the growth of cancer. More research is needed to confirm that but some compounds in soursop may be naturally antiviral and antiparasitic, and may also suppress inflammation.
Other soursop benefits include:
- Stronger immune system
Soursop has a lot of excellent properties that are necessary to keep your immune system strong. These properties kill free radicals and ensure your immune system is at optimum health so it can effectively perform its functions such as warding off diseases.
- Regular bowel movements
Graviola is rich in fiber which means that when you consume it regularly, you can expect regular bowel movements. With graviola, you don’t have to worry about constipation and hemorrhoids.
- Increased energy
Soursop has properties that keep your body active and energized.
- Osteoporosis prevention
Soursop is rich in calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen the bones and prevent bone and joint diseases.
- Heart disease and nerve disease prevention
Because soursop can aid in proper blood circulation, boost metabolism and prevent damage to your nerves, you will have a better functioning heart and your nervous system will also be less likely to get damaged as you age.
So when you find this somewhat pricey treasure, indulge a little and try it out. Important to mention is that the flesh under the prickly skin needs to be real soft to the touch. Make sure to let it ripen before you cut it open and please use small amounts at first to try it out as overindulging might cause negative reactions.
I happen to like it a lot ❤