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Friday, 20 March 2015

The Many Incredible Healing Properties of Soursop Fruit and Plant

More than a decade ago, my family lived in a compound that had this strange looking plant with its equally strange looking spiky fruit. We never got to like it nor did we know it was edible. But occasionally people came around to beg to pluck the fruit which was always wasting away. They called it Soursop, and we thought that was even funny. But this is what is scientifically known as annona muricata.

But recently I have discovered that this strange looking exotic fruit is indeed a miracle fruit loaded with multifarious health benefits. The health benefits and healing properties embedded in this wonder plant are immense and varied, and are even found in almost every part of the soursop plant – the fruit, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, etc. This plant is native to tropical Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. I also later discovered to my amazement that it is even also somewhat native to Eastern Nigeria - according to a Wikipedia publication.

Soursop plant

Even where I live now after many years of my first encounter with this exotic plant, there is another Soursop plant, which is also referred to as Guyabano, Graviola, Guanabana, etc. in certain climes, wasting away. It is interesting to note that nobody in the estate is showing interest except for a few people from outside who see it and scream – Soursop! Just last week also when my younger brother visited, he saw this rare plant for the first time and screamed –“Soursop, the anti-cancer fruit!” It was after this my eyes really opened up to this plant, and all the wonderful goodies loaded in it.

In that Soursop is an anti-cancer fruit was enough fascination for me, and you should know that this is one plant that you should begin to draw close to for total well being and wholesome living. The fruits contain a good amount of health nutrients such as Vitamins C, B1, B12, as well as fructose which is a carbohydrate of fruit sugar. This herbal remedy has been made extensive use of throughout history, and is also a rich source of many other phyto-nutrients such as riboflavin, thiamine, fibre, calcium, niacin, phosphorus and iron.

Anti-Cancer food

Regular consumption of the soursop fruit or the juice is a potent action that deals with cancer both for prevention and treatment. Most especially the leaves of this plant are able to deal with the effect of cancer with remarkable results. The leaves are able to perform as a natural chemotherapy as it does not come with the usual side effects we see with patients undergoing the regular chemotherapy whereby the patient experiences ugly side effects such as hair loss, nausea, etc. 

Also very importantly, the treatment of cancer involving the leaves of soursop plant will go straight to kill only the cells that grow abnormally while leaving out the cells that are growing normally unlike in the case of the orthodox chemotherapy drugs working like antibiotic that kills off all the cells including all gut bacteria, both good and bad. According to The Catholic University of South Korea, their research proved that the potent ingredient of this plant, especially in the leaves and bark, is highly active against cancer cells.

To use soursop leaves, pluck about ten old soursop leaves and boil very well in about a litter of water; drink this portion a glass two times a day for a couple of weeks, or until you begin to see the effect of cancer leaving the patient.

Soursop fruits

Other medicinal purposes of Soursop

The Guanabana plant in its entirety has been put to herbal use and in many instances it goes to render great health remedy in so many areas such as: 

It acts on urinary tract infections by depleting the bacteria that may be present in that place.
It is able to ameliorate and treat migraine and headaches; it deals with anaemia deficiency and prevents as well as heals constipation. This plant is also useful in the treatment of fevers, lumbago, energy loss, and respiratory problems like asthma and cough.

By Morgan Nwanguma

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