With so many powerful plants and spices that possess anti-cancer properties, such as-
- Black pepper,
- Black cumin,
- Saffron, etc.,
-it appears that Nature is the best healer. And now, there is a new plant that we can add to the list of anti-cancer foods: Graviola (soursop).
Graviola’s Anti-Cancer Properties
Graviola (Annona muricata) comes from evergreen trees usually found in the rainforests of Africa, Southeast Asia and Southeast America. Used as a remedy for bacterial and parasite infections, arthritis, herpes and cough, graviola is a well-known medicinal plant to many people. But recently, Graviola has been the subject of numerous anti-cancer studies too.
In one study, conducted by the researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (2012), it was found that Graviola inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
Another study, conducted by the researchers at Virginia Tech (2011), found that graviola (soursop juice) inhibits the growth of breast cancer cells, while the plant’s extract was found to significantly reduce the growth of tumors.
A third study at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, found that graviola has several important health benefits, including being a potential preventative anti-cancer and antiviral plant.
All in all, studies have shown that graviola can be successful against several cancers:
- Pancreatic cancer,
- Breast cancer,
- Liver cancer,
- Stomach cancer,
- Colon cancer, and others.
How to Use Graviola
All parts of the graviola plant can be used – its fruit, bark and root – because they all have medicinal properties. However, it was shown that graviola’s leaves contain the highest amounts of Acetogenin, which is the plant’s active anti-cancer ingredient.
However, bear in mind that the graviola’s anti-cancer properties are most likely not due to one ingredient but a combination of several ingredients. Graviola has-
- antimicrobial properties,
-and all of these are important for our overall health and for the prevention of cancer. For this reason, it’s a good idea to consume the whole plant, not just its leaves.
Graviola fruit can be consumed after you cut it in half: with a spoon, cut in cubes and added to smoothies and shakes or even squeezed into a juice.