The soursop grows in the tropical regions of the globe, originating from Central America, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil; some species are specific to South-Eastern Asia.
The shoursop is said to be a miraculous tree, as its trees are said to be able to kill 10000 more cancerous cells than chemotherapy. More than this, the active elements in the fruits only act on the cancerous cells, dissolving the, unlike chemotherapy, which kills all the cells and thus leads to very unpleasant side effects in the organism. In the last years, people have gotten tired of taking all sorts of pills for any disease and affection, becoming more and more interested in natural remedies for restoring their health. This is how Graviola got people’s attention. In Brazil, the fruits are known as Graviola, but they are known as soursop in English.
As a species, the soursop has the scientific name of Annona murikata and is one of the most popular trees in the tropical regions. It is a perpetually green tree, with a height of up to 6 m. The leaves oval, shiny and elongate, reaching 15 cm; their color is dark green. If they are crushed between the fingers, the leaves emanate a slightly spicy smell. The flowers are large, reaching a diameter or 4.5 cm; they have three fleshy, yellow-green exterior petals and three thinner interior petals, which are light yellow. The fruit is yellow – its shape may often be irregular, having a diameter of up to 15 cm and a weight of up to 3 kg. Its color is dark green when raw and yellow-lime when it reaches maturity and is ripe. The fruit is flavored, its taste being similar to that of a mixture of quinces, peaches and pineapples. Inside, it has a sweet-sour pulp (rich in nutritive substances, vitamins and minerals) and ten small and oval seeds (which are not consumed, but should be eliminated as they are a little toxic).
The soursop’s fruits are collected together with the leaves. The ripe fruits last in the fridge for 3 days. When they are ripe, they have soft consistency (which is felt when pressing with the finger).
The Graviola fruits have a very high nutritive value. At first, the calorie content in 100 g fruit is of 66 kcal, so not very large. Just 100 g fruits contain: 16,84 g carbohydrates, 3,3 g fibers, 13.54 g sugars, 1 g protein, 6% vitamin B1, 6% vitamin B3, 5% vitamin B6, 4% vitamin B2, 25% vitamin C, 4% phosphorous and other active elements.
The properties of the Graviola fruits:
- The Graviola fruits have an important role in stopping the development of the cancerous cells, as they stop the growth of the malignant tumors and help reduce them.
- Some studies have shown that the active substances in these fruits can destroy the cancerous cells in 12 types of cancer.
It is very important that even though they destroy cancerous cells, the substances in the fruit pulp leave the healthy cells of the organism untouched, protecting its immune system.
- These fruits help heal some cancer forms like breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreas cancer, prostate cancer and others.
The fruits are said to have a better effect than chemotherapy, as they do not cause its unpleasant side effects (hair loss, states of sickness and vomiting, dizziness, headaches, weight loss).
- They have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- They can also be a good remedy against intestinal worms and external parasites.
- They help calm the nervous system, combating depression and fighting stress as well.
- They have a good effect in reducing arterial tension.
- By consuming these fruits, the body becomes healthier and has more energy, while the immune system is protected and consolidated.
- In many countries, there are alimentary supplements that are based on the Graviola extract; these are sold in pharmacies or specialized stores which sell traditional naturist medicines.
The leaves of the tree also have a therapeutic importance, being used to make a tea which in traditional medicine is appreciated as an excellent additive, sedative, antispasmodic and elixir for treating asthma, flu, cough, arterial tension, asthenia and insomnia.
In gastronomy, the ripe Graviola fruits can be consumed fresh or preserved. In Brazil, Peru and other tropical countries, the pulp of the fruits is used to obtain some excellent juices, cocktails and other products that are rich in vitamins and minerals.