Soursop or guyabano fruit is a fruit that’s popular for its delicious flavor and impressive health benefits. It’s also very nutrient-dense and provides a good amount of fiber and vitamin C for very few calories. This article will look at some of the health benefits of soursop and how you can incorporate it into your diet.
It’s High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful compounds called free radicals, which can cause damage to cells.
Some research shows that antioxidants could play a role in reducing the risk of several diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes (Trusted Source)
One test-tube study looked at the antioxidant properties of soursop and found that it was able to effectively protect against damage caused by free radicals (Trusted Source).
Another test-tube study measured the antioxidants in soursop extract and showed that it helped prevent damage to cells. It also contained several plant compounds that act as antioxidants, including luteolin, quercetin and tangeretin (Trusted Source)
More research is needed to determine how beneficial the antioxidants found in soursop may be to humans.
Test-tube studies show that soursop is high in antioxidants, which may help prevent cell damage and could lower the risk of chronic disease.
But according to Wikipedia we have next information about guyabano medicinal uses:
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cancer Research UK state that cancer treatment using soursop is not supported by reliable clinical evidence. According to Cancer Research UK, “Many sites on the internet advertise and promote guyabano capsules as a cancer cure, but none of them are supported by any reputable scientific cancer organisations” and “there is no evidence to show that guyabano works as a cure for cancer”.
In 2008, the Federal Trade Commission in the United States stated that use of soursop to treat cancer was “bogus“, and there was “no credible scientific evidence” that the extract of guyabano sold by Bioque Technologies “can prevent, cure, or treat cancer of any kind.” Also in 2008, a UK court case relating to the sale of Triamazon, a guyabano product, resulted in the criminal conviction of a man under the terms of the UK Cancer Act for offering to treat people for cancer. A spokesman for the council that instigated the action stated, “it is as important now as it ever was that people are protected from those peddling unproven products with spurious claims as to their effects.”
Guyabano is typically eaten raw by cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. Fruits range in size and can be quite large, so it may be best to divide it into a few portions.
A typical serving of this fruit is low in calories yet high in several nutrients like fiber and vitamin C. A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of raw guyabano contains (2):
- Calories: 66
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 16.8 grams
- Fiber: 3.3 grams
- Vitamin C: 34% of the RDI
- Potassium: 8% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
- Thiamine: 5% of the RDI
Guyabano also contains a small amount of niacin, riboflavin, folate and iron.
Interestingly, many parts of the fruit are used medicinally, including the leaves, fruit and stems. It is also used in cooking and can even be applied to the skin.
Research has also unearthed a variety of health benefits for soursop in recent years like guyabano leaves benefits cancer etc.
Some test-tube and animal studies have even found that it may help with everything from alleviating inflammation to slowing cancer growth.
In addition, guyabano has been scientifically and traditionally proven to have great natural benefits. It helps lower fever, spasms, heart rate, and blood pressure. It also helps relieve pain, inflammation, and asthma. Consuming guyabano extract can also safely prevent cancer cells from forming while effectively slowing down tumor growth. It also helps stop the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, even as it stimulates digestion and stop convulsions.
At the ITDI, CED researchers performed thin-layer chromatographic fingerprinting and phyto-chemical screening on the guyabano extract to determine its chemical makeup. They also tested the fruit for anti-microbial capability against Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and other common bacteria strains, as well as for acute toxicity.
They used the Folin-Ciocalteau method to determine the antioxidant content of the leaves and fruits. After the screening, the researchers confirmed that the guyabano extract and guyabano wine used was relatively free of pesticide residues, heavy metals, molds, and salmonella.
“We also discovered that the green unripe guyabano fruit contains more flavonoids than the yellowish ripe fruit. The leaves meanwhile are rich in tannins, fats and oils, unsaturated steroids, and triterpenes, and again, more flavonoids,” Briones said. “Therefore, all these properties really make guyabano an ideal health supplement.”
So it seems like it is not just an apple a day that could keep the doctor away, but guyabano too!