Soursop is one of the most popular tropical fruits, which is somewhat popular in Nigeria as well, where many often pronounce it as "shawa chop". It is a highly nutritious fruit with thick, prickly flesh, with its sweet-sour taste making it a favourite of many. Nutritionally, it is known to possess an impressive nutritional profile as it boasts of vital nutrients such as protein, fibre, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C, folate, iron, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc.
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Apart from these essential nutrients, soursop also possesses certain powerful antioxidant compounds such as phytosterols, tannins, and flavonoids. These antioxidants play huge roles in your overall health and may help to protect your body against a variety of health conditions. However, soursop can even do much more as its consumption is linked to certain desirable health benefits. A few of the health benefits your body can get from regular intake of the fruit are discussed below:
1. Fights inflammation
The buildup of free radicals within the body often causes oxidative stress, which in turn cause damage to your body cells and inflammation. The antioxidants effects possessed by soursop enables it to help fight inflammation in the body, thus protecting you from many chronic health conditions caused by free radicals.
2. Stable blood pressure
Soursop can also help stabilise your blood pressure and reduce your risk of serious health challenges such as heart disease and heart attack. This is due to its high potassium content which helps to rid the body of excess sodium that can cause tension in the wall of your blood vessels, thus stabilising your blood pressure.
3. Fights against bacterial attack and infections
Soursop may also enhance the ability of your body to fight off bacterial infections due to its antibacterial properties. Its antibacterial properties are linked to the killing of cholera and staphylococcus bacteria, as well as the killing of bacteria strains that cause gum disease and cavities.
4. Good for treating ulcer
Soursop also possesses anti-ulcer effects due to its ability to suppress oxidative damage and preserve the mucus of the gastric wall. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of soursop can also help enhance the health of your gastrointestinal tract.
5. Improved immune system
The pulp of soursop also contains a high concentration of vitamin A and vitamin C, two vital nutrients required for a strong immune system. Its beta-carotene content also enhances the health of the immune system.
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