What is Soursop?
Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, primarily Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
Soursop is the given english name, but it is also known by several other names, Graviola, Guanábana, Brazilian pawpaw, Annona, Corossol, and there are a few other lesser known names. It is in the same genus as the chirimoya and the same family as the pawpaw.
It has a dark green skin with a pineapple-like texture and is filled with delicious white and juicy pulp containing black seeds. It can grow up to the size of a watermelon and it has medicinal properties.
Why Take Soursop?
Science has been hot on the heels of researching Soursop since the National Cancer Institute in 1976 funded Purdue University's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to test Soursop against cancer. Their research found that in vitro, Soursop was able to eliminate malignant cancer cells. Their study went unpublished until recently.
Purdue studies (1997) also stated that many cancer cells which survive classic chemotherapy by developing resistance to chemicals, were attacked none-the-less by the Soursop agents. Their lead researcher, Dr Jerry McLaughlin, says that many cancer cells, over time, develop a P-glycoprotein pump to expel the chemotherapy agent before it can work. However, Annona (Soursop) chemicals bypass this and kills the cancer cell.
The NCI now supports the Purdue research. Recently, this has confirmed that extracts from Soursop killed cancer cells among six human-cell lines and were especially effective against prostate and pancreatic cancers.
Since then many other scientists have tested the properties of this amazing fruit, including tests on breast cancer: Oberlies NH, Chang CJ, McLaughlin JL Med Chem. 1997;40:2102-6. "Graviola extracts were effective against the growth of Adriamycin-resistant human mammary adenocarcinoma (MCF-7/Adr) by blocking access of cancer cells to ATP and by inhibiting the actions of plasma membrane glycoprotein."
Not only has it shown to be effective against 12 different types of cancer, but research has shown that it is active against the herpes simplex virus, and to have anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-rheumatic and cytoxic effects.
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Is Soursop Safe to Take as a Supplement?
Purdue researchers also found that the properties of Soursop did not have any effect on healthy cells. Its primary focus was to seek out cells with high energy output, which is the action of a mutated cell, and it is this cell that it proceeded to destroy.
Too much of Soursop can produce similar symptoms to Parkinson's disease. It is therefore more beneficial to use it over short durations.
How Do I Obtain Soursop
Most Soursop on the internet is in capsules or tincture form, and unless you live in one of the countries who produce it, it is difficult to purchase it as a fresh fruit. In the EU, Healthy Atom has sourced a company who can supply the fruit in various formats. The preferred is frozen, which is also more beneficial than eating it fresh. When it freezes, the cell walls break down, making it more absorbable when it thaws.
Some people prefer the dried branch and twig forms of Soursop, which have also been proven to have anti-cancerous properties. If you are going for the capsules or tincture, please see our Amazon Shop. For the pulp version, it is best to start with a month's supply of one serving per day for general health, more for targeting ailments. As it kills bacterium in the body, you will also need a probiotic, which can be found on our products pages.
We have also put together a whole programme for using Soursop to cleanse the system. Included in there is what to take with it and assist it and what not to take with it. You can find further info on how to do this by visiting our Programmes for Health page.
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