What is Soursop?
Soursop is a fruit that grows in tropical areas, including South America, the Caribbean and parts of Africa. It’s also known as graviola and custard apple. It has a green skin and looks somewhat like a spiky mango with white flesh and brown seeds inside.
What are the health benefits of Soursop?
Since the Nineties, Soursop has been championed for its wide ranging health benefits. The leaves and root are known to boost your immune system, help soothe stomach ailments and ease hypertension. Soursop is also a powerful antioxidant and a good source of vitamin C, B1 and B2. The latter two along with magnesium help to boost your energy levels without giving you the dip that is associated with caffeine.
In recent years, two studies have also highlighted Soursop’s potential to block pain and reduce inflammation.
Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful compounds called free radicals, which can cause damage to cells. Studies show that soursop is high in antioxidants, which may help prevent cell damage and could lower the risk of chronic disease.
HELPS KILL CANCER CELLS
Extensive research has been done on the unique organic compounds of soursop and it has been widely studied as an alternative way of reducing the risk of cancer. It has been found to stop the growth and formation of cancer cells when a study looked at the effects of soursop extract on leukemia cells. In breast cancer cells it was able to reduce tumour size, kill off cancer cells and enhance the activity of the immune system.
HELPS FIGHT BACTERIA
Soursop is able to effectively kill off multiple types of bacteria, including strains that cause gingivitis, tooth decay and yeast infections.
Protecting the immune system is one of the most important components of a healthy diet and fitness regime. Adding a bit of soursop fruit to your diet, either through refreshing beverages or desserts, can positively impact your overall health. It's rich in Vitamin C which stimulates the production of white blood cells.
IMPROVES GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH
The juice of the soursop fruit can be a very effective diuretic as it can cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and remove excess toxins and salts from the body. It's anti-inflammatory components can reduce parasites in the gut and alleviate and pain or irritation in the stomach and colon.
MAY HELP STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Although more research on humans is needed, findings suggest that soursop can be more beneficial for those with diabetes when paired with a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
In terms of pain relief, soursop has been topically applied to wouds and injuries for generations but also works internally to relieve pain and speed healing. The sedative and anti-inflammatory aspects of this impressive tropical fruit makes it an ideal solution for all types of body pain both inside and out.
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Treats gout, soothes back pain, relieves stress, treats insomnia, deals with depression and more ..
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