Today we are going to discover soursop ( fruit of Annona muricata). But what is behind this strange name with exotic sounds ?
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The soursop (or more precisely graviola soursop) is a fruit with many properties , notably known for its ability to destroy cancer cells.
Used as preventive or curative , we will see in this article that its benefits do not stop there, as it is also used for many other applications .
We would like to remind you that our Moringasiam store proposes leaves of Soursop 100% natural ready selected by hand and cultivated in biological practice, be it under tea ready to brew or shape of leaves.
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Introduction to the Soursop, the Soursop tree
Let’s start with a small part oriented general culture 😉
The seed – Annona muricata – is above all the fruit of the Soursop. It can be found in South America as in Brazil, in Mexico where it is called G uanabana . It is also grown in other tropical regions as in West Africa, Madagascar, the West Indies, or on the island of Reunion. Asia and Thailand is also a favorite spot in the cultivation of soursop.
is a shrub that can measure 3 to 9 meters tall and whose leaves measure 6 to 20 cm – these are very interesting for their anti-cancer property , to which we will focus in more detail later in this article.
The soursop fruit can measure up to 30 cm in length and its weight can reach 4-5 kg. Its bark is dark green covered with thorns, it has a pulpy white flesh and has indigestible black seeds. There are varieties of soursop seedless, but the one has a more fibrous flesh.
The Soursop, which is not widely known in France, is widely used in traditional medicine in many parts of the world.
As we shall see, in the soursop everything can be consumed or used, from pulp to bark, leaves and even seeds.
The benefits of Soursop
Soursop is renowned for its anti-cancer properties, curative and preventive
This very rich fruit has multiple therapeutic and medicinal virtues. A history will help to take stock of the soursop.
According to various sources, this fruit aroused the curiosity of researchers in 1976 at National Cancer Institute in the United States
The soursop leaves would thus have the capacity to destroy the cancer cells without destroying the “good” cells.
In 1997, a researcher named Jerry MacLaughin from West Lafayette published his findings that were consistent with those on NCI (National Cancer Institute). According to its report, the soursop contains a compound, acetogenin , an active ingredient that can destroy cancer cells.
Aetetogenin is actually a combination of fatty acids and long carbon chains .
According to the same study, the cytotoxic capacity of this active ingredient would be equal to or greater than the adryamicin that is used for chemotherapy .
In 1999, in the Korean Medical College , in-depth studies highlighted the ability of this principle to destroy cancer cells and save healthy cells .
Subsequently, studies continued on the virtues of acetogenin and on the action on certain cancers, particularly the breast cancer, the colon
In 2002, in Japan, researchers carried out in vivo tests on animals by first injecting lung tumor cells. These animals were separated into three distinct groups:
- the first group is the control group and did not receive treatment.
- The second received chemotherapy adapted to the type of cancer.
- Finally, the third group received the active principle of the soursop.
The conclusion of this study was to observe the tumor inflammatory decrease for the animals having been subjected to the active principle of the soursop.
Finally, the American site Cancer Tutor led by independent scientific researchers recommends sphalerol in the treatment of certain cancers .
If you are receiving chemotherapy, it is advisable to seek advice from your doctor as certain molecules used for chemotherapy may interact with acetogenin.
A little more detail for biochemists
carcinogenic cells consume more energy than healthy cells. Thus, in the respiratory chain of the cell, carried out in the mitochondria, the formation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy supplier to the cells.
This ATP will be hydrolyzed to liberate ADP and allow the transfer of a phosphate group onto other molecules.
This action is called oxidative phosphorylation, it is used to activate or inhibit enzymes. Phosphorylation is an integral part of this mitochondrial respiratory chain.
Acetogenin intervenes in this first phase by inhibiting this oxidative phosphorylation and thus prevents the production of ATP by acting on the plasma membrane of the cell.
The cancer cell, deprived of energy, will not be able to replicate and then will be destroyed by the phenomenon of apoptosis.
Acetogenin inhibits other chemical reactions and proteins such as ubiquinone oxidane or the NADH enzyme and its specific plasma membrane of cancer cells.
Finally, the soursop also contains alkaloids which also have cytotoxic capacities against tumor cells . These anti-cancer properties have largely contributed to the popularity of SOS in recent years.
The other virtues of the leaves of Soursop
Some studies have shown the effectiveness of the sulphurous leaf in the prevention of diabetes. They could maintain a stable blood glucose level between 0.70 and 1.20 g / L on an empty stomach.
Mixed with tea, the sulphurous leaves stimulate the production of insulin by the beta cells of the pancreas. Because of this, insulin will store glucose in the liver, muscles and adipose tissue.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties
Soda leaf have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. So here’s a good natural remedy! If you have back pain, take 20 sheets of soursop and add them in the equivalent of 5 cups of boiling water.
Then, drink this infusion, one twice a day. You can even use this drink if you have external pain or sores.
By friction of green sapods and leaves, the oil obtained will also relieve the painful areas.
Use poultice leaves to relieve light burns such as sunburn.
The pains associated with hemorrhoids can be diminished by taking tea from the leaves of soursop.
Hemorrhoids are varicose veins located at the anus and rectum. Several factors can make them appear: genetic factors, pregnancy, childbirth, overweight but also constipation.
Other factors are involved such as physical inactivity and physical activity by the loss of rectal tone. To prevent the risk of onset or if you already have it, you can ease the pain by taking soursop leaves.
The compounds present in the leaves allow to relax the muscles around the rectum. In addition, if you have bleeding, the leaves also have a haemostatic action.
Prevent uric acid
Uric acid represents the waste of our body and is eliminated by urine. Hyperuricemia that is an increase in this waste in the blood can cause long-term kidney stones and gout disease. In order to prevent this risk and in addition to a balanced diet, you can use the soursop leaves.
Its use is widely known as an alternative treatment and natural source for treating or preventing gout.
Simply boil the leaves in 2 cups of water and let the mixture simmer. Then drink your urination. For best results, it is recommended to drink it in the morning and in the evening.
Treatment of eczema and rheumatism
If you suffer from eczema or joint pain such as rheumatism, you can crush soursop leaves until you get a smooth mixture. Apply this preparation on the painful areas twice a day to have an analgesic effect.
Beneficial against bad cholesterol
The bad cholesterol or LDL increases because of a sedentary lifestyle and an unbalanced and high-fat diet. The leaves can help you decrease LDL in your body. Its leaves also have hypocholesterolemic properties.
Of course, you must also associate regular physical activity and re-examine your diet.
Soursop against Insomnia
In some cultures, the leaves are used for their tranquillizing action thanks to the sedative virtues that this plant possesses. They can be used to promote sleep and a better quality of it because they are a good source of aromatherapy.
Take in a cup in the evening, its infusion allows to relax and will facilitate the falling asleep. Similarly if you are stressed, this fruit by its relaxing virtues, will help you to evacuate the negative waves and you will feel all the well being that it brings to you.
Anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal virtues
The leaves have a broad spectrum bactericidal action responsible for common bacterial diseases such as urinary tract infections, skin infections and diarrhea but also against worms and other parasites.
By its antiparasitic action, the leaves of soursop are very effective against the lice of the head. A decoction make from soursop leaves can be applied on your scalp to get rid of head lice.
In addition, the leaves of soursop can revive the brilliance of your hair and get rid of dandruff thanks to its anti-fungal virtues.
You will just have to infuse three leaves of soursop in a glass of water. Drink and notice the effects. It is also advisable in case of diarrhea to compensate for water loss by hydrating you sufficiently, at least 1.5 liters of water per day.
Thanks to its properties, after a very heavy meal or you have abused a bit on the fork: P, brew three to six leaves and take a glass after meals. You will feel lighter!
Tea with leaves of soursop makes it possible to decrease the temperature of the organism.
A decoction made from the leaves of soursop is a natural remedy for gallbladder disorders as well as cough, dysentery, fever and during indigestion.
Benefits for the skin
The application of fresh leaves allows a healing when you have a rash. Apply wet on the area where you have pimples, leave the leaves for a few minutes. You can repeat the operation several times a day.
Boost the immune system
The soursop contains substances such as acetogenins, linoleic acid, annunacin, alkaloids … Consuming regular soda tea will allow you to boost your immune system and stay in shape!
The virtues of the flesh of Soursop
Thanks to its vitamin C content, the Soursop will bring you energy! In addition, the soursop would have antidepressant activity because it stimulates the serotonin receptors located in the brain. The fruit of the soursop contains an amino acid called tryptophan. It plays a role in the production of serotonin. This molecule reduces the state of anxiety, stress and fatigue. No more blues blows in winter! Excellent diuretic
Thanks to its high content of water and nutrients, it will also have diuretic actions. The flesh of the soursop is 84% water. It will act as a diuretic to treat oedemas and water retention.
But also a laxative
The fruit wall is very rich in water and soluble and insoluble fiber, so it is a very good laxative. If you are constipated, massage the fruit in a saucepan of water and simmer. Then you can eat the fruit but also consume the broth in order to have the expected effect.
Water and ingested fiber will increase stool volume and facilitate elimination.
The fruit of the soursop contains calcium and phosphorus. These two mineral elements are essential to prevent osteoporosis.
Energy and endurance
Due to its high content of fructose which is a simple sugar, this natural source of carbohydrates will allow you to be fit. Combined with its vitamin C content, consume this fruit in the morning and you will have the energy to hold the rest of the day. If you practice a sport, this fruit will allow you to bring energy and endurance!
Beneficial to the heart and nervous system
Soursop is full of vitamins and minerals necessary for the proper functioning of your metabolism as well as your cardiac and nervous functions.
The high concentration of potassium in the soursop and the antioxidant power of acetogenin make the fruit a good treatment against hypertension. Indeed, these elements allow the regulation of the blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels generating better circulation and oxygenation of the heart and other organs.
Against the signs of aging
The soursop helps fight aging skin. Its antioxidants play an important role in the fight against free radicals that are responsible for aging skin. By eliminating them, the fruit greatly reduces the signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
The virtues of the Soursop flower
The Soursop flower is made up of three greenish yellow petals which form a triangle whose length is between 2 and 4 cm. The flower is found around and at the base of the leaf. Its flowers have antispasmodic virtues.
The virtues of the seeds – unfit for consumption
The seeds contain alkaloids. Be careful, they are unfit for consumption. On the other hand, the seeds of soursop have also their virtues! They are used as dewormers and to kill cockroaches. Thanks to its bio-active compounds, Indonesians use it as a pesticide plant. In Brazil, people use seed oil for cosmetic purposes.
Keep them and place them in a room … You will see, you will be rid of insects :)!
The Benefits of the Bark of soursop
The bark of the sapling tree has many chemicals such as tannins, phytosterol, murisin, caoksalat and alacaloids.
Its consumption can be done through a decoction. Boiled water would be used to treat asthma, cough and for its sedative effect.
Haitians would use the bark to improve the heart system. In Peru, bark is used against diabetes. The Amazons attribute to him antispasmodic virtues.
Other uses of Soursop worldwide
- By its astringent properties, the immature fruit is used to treat dysentery and diarrhea. This makes it a good anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory.
- Its flesh is used as a poultice to remove mites
- In Brazil, oil extracted from non-matured leaves and fruits was mixed with other oils and used as remedies for arthritis, rheumatism and neuralgic symptoms.
- In Guadeloupe, infusions of soursop associated with mint leaves, these infusions have an effect on gas, bloating and flatulence.
- In Peru, sulphurous leaves are used to treat inflammatory mucous membranes or to facilitate the discharge of mucus into the nose, throat and lungs.
- In the West Indies, the sick people take it in the form of tea to treat the flu. Mothers who breastfeed eat the fruit of Soursop because it would increase lactation.
How to consume your Soursop?
Thanks to its sugar content, the soursop can be consumed nature. You can accompany it with other fruits for a good salad. In Asian countries, it is used in the manufacture of sorbets and fruit juices. Rich in water, it is a good thirst quencher. It can even be cooked after peeling it and removing the seeds.
In order to keep all the virtues of this fruit, it is necessary to consume it quickly. Indeed, after picking, vitamin C degrades very quickly.
The preparation of tea made from leaves of soursop, available on the Moringasiam shop
On our Moringasiam store, we offer ready-to-use Dried Sours leaves. You can find them either as tea or as sheets . This is the same product, the difference is simply in use which is facilitated in the form of tea.
Here’s how to use our Soursop leaves ( click here to visit our store )
- Make boil a liter of water
- Take 8 leaves of soursop and rip them into small pieces .
- Dive the torn leaves into the boiling water . Leave to boil over medium heat and wait 30 minutes . Do not worry, you must lose about 500 ml by evaporation.
- After 30 minutes you can remove the leaves .
- Once your decoction has cooled a little, you can taste it. If you find the taste slightly bitter, you can add a little sugar or honey.
- Good tasting;)!
If you opted for tea, simply insert your tea bag into the water and boil for 30 minutes .
What is the recommended frequency of preventive use?
Drink 200ml (about 1 glass) of your decoction 3 times a day, 30 minutes before each meal, 5 days / 7 for 30 days. You can renew as much as you want according to the results obtained and your satisfaction.
What is the recommended frequency of curative use?
Drink 200ml (about 1 glass) of your decoction 3 times a day, 30 minutes before each meal, 7 days / 7 for 6 months with one to two weeks break after the first 3 months.
You will find on our shop different packs corresponding to 30 days, 3 months and 6 months of cure, in the form of tea as in leaves – click here to see our shop .
More on Sulphide: a nutrient-rich food
The fruit is rich in vitamin C, B1, B2, calcium and magnesium, but also in phosphorus, iron and potassium.
An important source of nutrients
Protein – 1g per 100g
Macronutrients contributing to energy intake. Proteins allow the renewal of muscular tissues, skin … Constituted of amino acids, they participate in the physiological processes of our organism. The recommended daily intake of protein is 0.83 g / kg / day. You can do the math! ( sources )
Carbohydrates – 17g per 100g
17 g of carbohydrates: another family of three macronutrients, carbohydrates are one of the main sources of energy. Also called “carbohydrate”, the daily intake adviser is in the range of 50 to 55% and one gram of carbohydrate represents 4Kcal. For information, a woman needs daily 1800 Kcal and a man 2100 Kcal ( sources )
Lipid – 0.3g per 100g
0.3 g of lipids: the last class of macronutrients, the lipids, called “fatty acids” or “fats” serve to store energy and have a structural role in the membrane of our cells. The recommendations of daily lipid consumption are 35 to 45% ( sources )
A fruit rich in vitamins
Vitamins, provided by a varied and balanced diet, ensure the development, functioning and maintenance of the body. In addition, the intake of vitamins prevents certain diseases related to old age, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. There are two families of vitamins: liposolubles stored in adipose tissue and liver (vitamins A, D, E, K) and water-soluble, including all vitamins B and C.
20.6 mg of vitamin C: also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C helps defend our body against viral and bacterial infections, assimilation of iron, healing, detoxification of carcinogens and the capture of free radicals (involved in aging of the skin, certain pathologies such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases …) by its antioxidant action.
A Small information for smokers: it takes 35 mg of vitamin C per day in addition because the substances contained in the smoke deplete the reserves of these vitamins.
On the other hand, it is a vitamin very sensitive to air, light, temperature and cooking time. In 24h, there may be a 50% loss of vitamin C in a fruit.
0.07 mg of vitamin B1: it is important in the functioning of the nervous system. It would help memorization and intellectual faculties. It is also necessary in the transformation of glucose into energy and in the metabolism of amino acids. Vitamin B1 would have a beneficial effect on mood.
Its daily intake should be 1.2 g for women and 1.3 g for men. Its effect is potentiated thanks to the association with magnesium … And soursop contains also!
0.05 mg of B2 vitamins: it is involved in the production of energy and it protects the cells from the harmful substances produced by our organism. It also reduces fatigue.
The daily intake of vitamins B2 is 1.5 g for women and 1.6 for men.
0.9 mg of vitamin B3: also known as vitamin PP, it intervenes in physiological processes such as the formation of red blood cells, sex hormones and in the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Furthermore, it also acts as an oxygen carrier to the cells.
Its recommended intake is 11 mg per day for women and 14 mg for men.
0.253 mg of vitamin B5: nicknamed “anti-stress vitamin”, it is useful in the renewal of cutaneous cells, mucous membranes, hair growth and wound healing. It is recommended to consume 6 mg per day.
0.059 mg of vitamin B6: It has a role in immunity and intervenes in the enzymatic reactions of our metabolism. Its optimum consumption is 1.4 mg per day.
2 IU of provitamin A: also called beta-carotene, derived from plants, is synthesized in vitamin A via the liver. It could have a long-term impact on age-related cognitive downturn. It also has anticancer and antioxidant properties. There are no daily intake recommendations for provitamin A ( sources )
Graviola sulphate also has many minerals
The soursop contains 278 mg of potassium: a fundamental mineral element in the functioning of the body, potassium allows the muscular contraction and especially the muscle of the heart (the myocardium). It also allows the activation of nerve cells and plays a role in the activity of the kidneys. A diet rich in potassium can prevent osteoporosis, high blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes. The recommended daily intake is 4 to 5 g for adults.
27 mg of phosphorus: important mineral element, it allows, with the calcium, to the mineralization of the bones and teeth. Used by all cells in our body, it is therefore very useful in the brain cells. In addition, phosphorus helps increase physical performance. the recommended daily intake is d 800 mg to 1400 mg.
21 mg of magnesium: important in the body, it is involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions. It also contributes to muscle contraction. Magnesium would have benefits on decreased stress, fatigue and muscle cramps. Whatever the sex, the magnesium requirement is estimated at 6 mg per day for the adult.
14 mg of calcium: the most abundant mineral in the body, it is mainly concentrated in bones and teeth. It is also essential for the proper functioning of
especially muscular, cardiac and nerve cells. The calcium intake would prevent the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and high blood pressure. The recommended daily requirements are 500 mg.
14 mg sodium: sodium or “salt” contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses with potassium and to muscle contraction. This helps maintain a blood pressure in the standards. It also has an acid-base balance role in the blood. Its daily consumption is of the order of 1 to 2 g per day. This varies according to age, gender, physical activity
0.6 mg of copper: copper helps the immune system, the nervous system, the energy metabolism, the production of red blood cells and the pigmentation of the skin and hair. This trace element is also essential to the formation of tendons, cartilages and bones. The recommended nutrient intake for copper is 900 * μg per day.
As we have seen, it has many virtues. However, it is not advisable to consume too much in the following persons.
- Diabetics: This could have a high dose effect on your blood glucose
- Pregnant and lactating women
- People with hypotension or those taking medicines for hypertension.
Having a high content of carbohydrate and fructose, the soursop has a non-negligible caloric intake. It is therefore important for you, dear consumers, to respect the recommended dosages that you will find on the purchased product.
In addition, it should be noted that the results and effectiveness of Sphinct may vary from person to person.
In addition, it should be noted that although Moringasiam products are used in many parts of the world and many studies have already proved to be effective, they can not replace the advice of a health professional.
According to the French agency of Sanitary Safety of food, prolonged and overdosed consumption of Soursop could trigger an atypical parkinsonian syndrome. This is a potential but unproven risk, studies are still underway to see the causal relationship of this fruit and the syndrome.
Soursop is a fruit with many virtues, it is just to respect the doses indicated in order to take better advantage of its benefits 🙂 !
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