The soursop is the fruit of a tree native to Central and South America – Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, etc. Nowadays, it’s also indigenous to Africa and Southeast Asia. The green fruit that can weigh up to 3 kg has a number of uses, apart from its food qualities. The flesh of the fruit is edible, consisting of pulp and fiber. However, the taste is not what got graviola popular. Graviola, or Annona muricata as is its scientific name, is supposed to cure cancer.
Since many centuries African and South American people have been using the fruit of the graviola tree to cure infectious diseases, parasites, depression and common cold. Modern day research has proven that graviola really helps in these situations.
So, why do people think that graviola helps cure cancer? The South American fruit has also been found to successfully kill certain types of breast and liver cancer cells – the kinds that are particularly resistant to chemotherapy. No large scale research has been made to document and scientifically prove the medical qualities of graviola. Overall, there really is no evidence that this plant helps cancer patients. This never prevented certain websites to sell and advertise graviola pills as a miraculous cancer cure.
There is also little information on the subject how this fruit affects the human body. What is already known is that graviola can lead to nerve damage and cause symptoms that resemble those of Parkinson’s disease.
Is graviola expnsive? Should you try it? Well, before consulting a physician, you shouldn’t experiment with your own health. Graviola isn’t that expensive though. 100 capsules can be purchased for around $15. They should be taken 3 to 4 times a day, 2 capsules every time. So, a bottle of 100 graviola capsules lasts around 2 weeks.
The real question is – can graviola tree effectively cure cancer? The reason for the lack of human tests that can determine the usefulness of this fruit might be the pharmaceutical companies that are trying to promote the current cancer cures as the only way available to fight off the deadly disease. The first research on the effectiveness of the graviola plant was conducted in 1976 in the United States. The findings were inconclusive, although it was proven that the leaves of the Graviola plant were particularly useful in destroying some malignant cancer cells. Perdue University was the second scientific body to conduct research on this matter. The test confirmed that graviola helps cure prostate and pancreas cancer.
The active ingredients in the graviola plant are the Annonaceous acetogenins. They are substances that posess really strong anti-tumor effects. Small doses of them are found to be really effective in destroying cancer cells.
Is graviola tree the answer to all cancer patient’s hopes? There isn’t a definitive answer that anyone can give. The hopes of many people lie in researchers who can consolidate the place of the graviola plant in modern day science and medicine and maybe establish it as a miraculous cancer cure.