The disease does not see whether the person is rich or poor. Rich or poor person will get sick no matter what, but only the rich can afford to buy costly drugs and medicines including dialysis and chemotherapy. The study of nature, trees, and herbs will help people to find out alternative medicine for costly drugs and manage their health efficiently.
With so much conflicting information bombarding us about what food is “good” and what’s “bad,” we’re easily overwhelmed with choices. The incomplete clinical trials, research, ignorance about the body’s need, food and drink taboos, meaningless tradition confuse us and loose our confidence of fighting over the health issues. Today in this article, we will discuss Guyabano fruit, leaves benefits and its references in different streams of medicine practice and research.
What is Soursop?
Guyabano or Soursop (Anona muricata Linn) is a fruit bearing small evergreen tree around 7 meters high that is common in Central American and tropical countries. The Soursop fruit is a pear-shaped or ovoid shape green fruit covered with bendable spikes with thin skin and the soft whitish fleshy and fibrous pulp that has a unique sweet-sour taste. It is in the same genus as the chirimoya and the same family as the pawpaw. The common name of this fruit in different languages found
What are benefits of Soursop?
Packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, and healthy fats and carbohydrates, as well as protein, soursop fruit is also cholesterol free and low in calories, making it an ideal snack. But, be sure, not to overdo it—approximately a cup a day is a sufficient amount to obtain the health benefits of this amazing fruit:
- A leaf decoction or soursop leaf tea is effective for head lice and bedbugs and also as a remedy for gall bladder trouble, coughs, catarrh, dysentery, fever, and indigestion.
- The juice of the fruit can be taken orally as a remedy for haematuria and liver ailments.
- Mashed leaves are used as a poultice to alleviate eczema and other skin problems. These crushed leaves can be applied to skin eruptions and wounds to promote faster healing.
- The root bark is used as an antidote for poisoning.
- Decoction of leaves can be used as compresses for inflammation and swollen feet.
- Due to the levels of potassium the fruit contains, eating soursop can prevent leg cramps.
- Thiamin, the B vitamin that is needed for aerobic energy production is found in the fruit and helps the body produce energy.
- This spiky fruit contains folate, a highly-recommended B vitamin for pregnant women to take.
- The iron found in soursop can help prevent anemia, a condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells.
- Soursop can help with migraine headaches due to its riboflavin levels.
Research on Guyobano leaves in medical treatment
- A Study published in “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” shows an extract of soursop inhibited the growth of Herpes.
- A Study published in 1997 in “Journal of Medicinal Chemistry” suggests that soursop compounds tested on breast cancer cells in culture were more effective than chemotherapy in destroying the cells. But, without clinical trials, there is no data to support the claim.
- According to report produced by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO), soursop is featured as one of the under-utilized fruit tree species with potential for commercial development.
Healthy benefits of Soursop if consumed in moderation.