Guanabana contraindications

(Annona muricata)


Photo of guanabana
Photo of guanabana

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?

- 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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