Soursop has been a natural healer to illnesses and diseases particularly cancer for decades. Though its medical abilities are not widely known it should not be underestimated. The soursop benefits are not limited to but would include:
The miracle healing powers of soursop is not limited to the fruit. Studies have shown that other parts of the plant can also be of tremendous benefit:
Records show that soursop was used as an important part of herbal medicine in Amazonia, West Indies, Barbados, Togo, Borneo, Suriname, Brazil, Peru, Cook Islands, Malaysia, Curacao, Madagascar, Dominica, Jamaica, Guatemala, Haiti, Guyana and Guam. The traditional uses of the soursop plant were numerous and its benefits are plenteous. Soursop benefits are diverse and cater to various ailments. The flower was believed to be helpful for bronchitis and cough. Problems like colitis, parasites, diarrhea, fevers, dysentery, mouth sores, hydropsy and lactogogue were treated with the soursop fruit. The fruit also possesses tranquilizing properties. Soursop seeds were considered affective for astringent, emetic, carminative, head lice, insecticide, skin parasites, parasites, worms. The bark of the tree was asthma, asthenia, difficult child birth, coughs, hypertension, parasites, diabetes and as a heart tonic. It was believed to possess sedative properties. The soursop leaf was used for a variety of different problems including arthritis and rheumatism in which the leaf is crushed mixed with olive oil and applied externally. It relieved symptoms of bronchitis, colic cough, asthma, and asthenia and was considered potent enough to fight ulcers and infections. It took care of parasites, worms, diarrhea, dysentery, indigestion, liver problems, gall bladder disorders, nervousness, palpitation, hypertension, malaria, diabetes, edema, lactogogue, grippe, fever and various skin disorders were treated with the leaf of soursop Plant. The roots of the plant were specially used for diabetes and spasms and used as sedatives. As the benefits of soursop gained attention, researches were conducted, and it was discovered that the plant produces a set of phytochemicals known as the Annonaceous Acetogenins. These chemicals have powerful anticancer and antitumor properties and are hailed as a miracle for cancer patients, the biggest soursop benefit of all. The acetogenins show powerful cytotoxity towards various kinds of cancer cells and illuminate them. Researches prove that these chemicals are much more potent than the currently use chemotherapy drugs and do not harm healthy cells like the chemotherapy drugs do causing hair loss and extreme nausea.
The active cytotoxity against cancer cells found in soursop has powerful antitumor characteristics. The Annonaceous Acetogenins are very good and effective inhibitors of enzymatic activity that is carried out in tumor or cancerous cells hence they do no harm to normal healthy cells. Researches published by the Purdue University claimed that the acetogenins were very effective in killing tumors that showed resistance to the antitumor medication. A tumor cell needs more energy to run its functions than a normal and healthy cell. The acetogenins work in such a way that they block the ATP going to the tumor cell and eventually the cell is unable to sustain its functions and dies away. So far 14 different strains of acetogenins have shown remarkable ATP inhibiting characteristics that are specially effective in case of breast cancer. The researches conducted so far indicate that the acetogenins show a defined toxicity against tumor cells present in prostate adenocarcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma cell lines, human lymphoma cell lines, human breast solid tumor lines, liver cancer cell lines and pancreatic carcinoma cell lines. Through out the last century researchers have worked hard to find out the effects and side effects Griviola might have on the cancer and tumor cells. It will take time to finally come up with a drug that will be able to fight tumors and cancers without putting the patient in more pain than he is already in, even though a specific drug is not available yet but soursop supplements are recommended by Doctors.