MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF GUANABANA
Photo of guanabana or graviola in a market
What is guanabana?
Soursop, guanabana or graviola is a tropical fruit native to Central America.
It is producted by the tree Annona muricata, which belongs to the same family as cherimoya, (Annonaceae) but its size is much larger and can reach 40 cm. in diameter and weigh between 2 and 5 kg.
Benefits of guanabana?
Soursop is astringent, digestive and colagogue. It fights infection, constipation, hypertension and obesity.
Recently, a study showed that soursop is 10,000 times more effective against cancer than a drug used to treat it. Its potential role in cancer treatment has aroused interest in this plant.
Soursop can be toxic. Do not take soursop without the consent of your doctor.
Photograph of a piece of soursop or guanabana, with a napkin, ready to eat. As cherimoya, it has seeds from the pulp, which must be removed.
PROPERTIES OF GUANABANA
NATURAL REMEDIES WITH SOURSOP
Guanabana against cancer
Seeds, leaves and, to a lesser extent, the fruits of soursop, have more than 50 different acetogenins, some components with properties against different types of cancer: skin cancer, pancreas, prostate and breast cancer.
These substances are cytotoxic and anti-tumor, able to kill cancer cells.
Its mechanism of action is related to the inhibition of complex I, which blocks the nutrition of cancer cells causing them to die.
Guanabana in traditional medicine
- Liver: Current scientific studies confirm the traditional use of the plant to treat the deseases of the liver. Soursop leaf has hepatoprotective effect and shows improvements in many diseases of this organ, such as jaundice.
- Indigestion: Fruit juice can help improve digestion by its colagogue and choleretic effect, which stimulates the production of bile.
- Hypertension: glycosides in the bark and leaves have hypotensive and vasodilator activity.
The fruit is rich in potassium, a mineral involved in the good condition of the nerves, heart and muscles. Its gamma amino butyric content (GABA) makes it a very suitable fruit in the diet for hypertension.
Remedies with soursop leaf extract are contraindicated for people with low blood pressure (hypotension) or taking medication for hypertension.
- Constipation: Because of its content in galactomannan, guanabana fruit reduces gastric acidity and helps accelerate intestinal rhythm preventing constipation. Besides being probiotic, fiber increases healthy intestinal flora, improving intestinal health.
Immature fruits are very astringent and are used as a remedy for dysentery and diarrhea.
- Diabetes: The ethanol extract of soursop is hypoglycemic (it reduces the concentration of sugar in the blood), according to scientific studies. These conditions authorize it as a very suitable fruit in the diet for diabetes. It must be noted that 100 g. soursop correspond to 18 g. carbohydrate (2 servings, like an apple).
- Natural antibiotic: The plant has a strong antibiotic power due to its content in acetogenins, especially the leaves and seeds. It is able to fight serious infections such as malaria and leishmaniasis. The roots of the plant are a remedy against intestinal worms. Fruit juice is used in traditional medicine against urinary tract infections and urethritis.
Malaria is a disease caused by parasites microorganisms of the genus Plasmodium spp. The soursop leaf extract, rich in acetogenins, can stop this type of infection by blocking cell respiration of these organisms. (Blocks breathing mitocontrial complex I).
Herpes simplex: Acetogenins also have anti-viral activity. They are able to fight herpes simplex. This is currently a field of study which is tending to use them as future anti-herpetic drugs.
- Diuretic: The juice of the fruit has diuretic components: GABA, potassium, magnesium, caffeic acid, citrulline and vitamin C. People with obesity, gout, arthritis or rheumatism can take to help eliminate toxins from the body.
- Fever: The plant, especially the leaves have tranquilizing, sleep-inducing and antipyretic properties. They were used in traditional medicine to help relax the sick and provide a good sleep.
- Wound Healing: Scientific studies have found that soursop leaves, traditionally used to heal wounds, have curative properties.
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