Soursop is a fruit that has numerable benefits for our health if included in diet. With the inclusion of this fruit in our diet, like a dessert or health supplement, a number of ailments can be cured. Nature is the best physician since it provides medicines without side effects.
One such reputed natural “medicine” is know as Soursop, which is scientifically named as Annona Muricata. Known by different names such as graviola, guanabana, Brazilian pawpaw, etc. Soursop is fully loaded with a number of nutrients and is also used as an alternative medicine to treat many diseases.
According to research, soursop and cancer cure are related and this tropical, prickly fruit may prove to be beneficial in controlling the spread of cancer. Not only the fruit, but also the seeds, leaves, dark and roots of the plant, help in the alleviating many a malady.
What is Soursop?
Soursop, which looks like a custard apple, is a very delicious fruit that is heart shaped and dark green in color when raw. Covered with ridges on the outside and soft, juicy flesh inside, the soursop fruit has a sweet sour taste. This fruit can be found mainly in Nigeria.
Now this plant is cultivated commercially owing to its culinary as well as medicinal purposes. The white pulp that is found inside the fruit is used for making candy, beverages and also used as a flavoring.
The leaves, root, bark and seeds have been incorporated as a traditional remedy for centuries. You can eat the fruit or consume extracts of soursop, available in health food stores, to avail its therapeutic value.
Health Benefits of Soursop
Since is loaded with a number of nutrients essential for the overall development of body, soursop is made into extract and is sold in health stores and even online. The nutrients present in soursop are amino acids, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, fibers, thiamine and riboflavin, etc.
Benefits of soursop can be availed by eating the fruit or including its supplement in the recommended dosage. You can avail of these benefits right from head to toe.
Ascorbic acid increases the amount of antioxidants in the body. These help fight against the free radicals in the body and help keep a number of infections and disorders at bay. This fruit also helps in relieving the pain and discomfort caused due to constipation. Since the fruit contains soluble and insoluble fibers, it adds bulk to the stool and facilitates easy elimination from the body.
One of the soursop leaf’s health benefits can be seen in treating mouth ulcers effectively. Finely mashing the leaf with water and applying it on the boils will help decrease the size of the ulcers in time curing them completely and also reduce irritation.
Drinking soursop tea that is made by concocting soursop leaves or root in water is known to reduce lumbago. Lumbago is a kind of backache, especially in the lower back or lumbar region. A cup of tea everyday will also help relieve the inflammation of the back muscles.
A pulp made with fresh soursop leaves and rose water if applied to the skin will prevent the occurrence of acne blackheads and other skin problems. Soursop fruit juice, if consumed twice daily can help resolve kidney ailments, liver problems, urinary tract infection (also referred to as urethritis ) and hematuria (or blood in urine) etc.
The fleshy part of the fruit, if applied to any wound will speed up the healing process and also prevent any bacterial infection. A decoction of soursop flowers and young shoots will help cure the inflammation of sinuses and also in the throat and nose. It also helps in the secretion of mucus to reduce irritation.
You can successfully get rid of head lice and bed bugs with the use of soursop leaf decoction. It will not only there’s pests but can also keep them away. Soursop is also used as a remedy for cough, diarrhea, fever and indigestion. Including supplements of soursop will bring down the intensity of these conditions and also enhance recovery.
To conclude, though a number of health benefits of soursop can be reaped by including this fruit in the diet, it is necessary to remember that is should be consumed in limit to avoid unnecessary effects on the body system.