Guanabana contraindications


What is guanabana?

Guanabana, graviola or soursop (Annona muricata) is a tropical fruit native to Central America. It is closely related to cherimoya, which shares some of its medicinal components.

It is used in traditional medicine as a digestive, cholagogue, against hypertension, constipation and obesity.

Currently, it has aroused much interest because of its properties on cancer treatment.

What contraindications does soursop present?

Photo of guanabana
Photo of guanabana
  • It is totally contraindicated for pregnant women and during lactation.
  • It is not recommended to take infusions of leaves without medical consent. One must be cautious because there have been cases of poisoning, including damage to the nervous system.
  • Hypotension: People with hypotension or low blood pressure should not take it.
  • Hypertension drugs: It can interfere with the effect of these drugs.
  • Parkinson’s disease: It has been reported atypical Parkinson’s cases in Caribbean islands where many fruits of the family Annonaceae are consumed, especially soursop.
  • It is believed that this type of Parkinson is induced by ingesting high doses of soursop. The causative component of the disorder would be the alkaloid anonamine.
  • It is recommended for people with this disease not to use soursop as it may worsen Pakinson`s symptoms.
  • Diabetes: Soursop has hypoglycemic effects. In case of diabetes, it could affect the pattern of medication or cause blood glucose imbalance. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
  • Medication: Overall graviola effect on many types of drugs is not known. People taking medications should consult their doctor before taking soursop

*Related information:

Nutritional benefits of guanabana

How to take guanabana

Food for cancer

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

1 April, 2021

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