Soursop is a large acidic custard apple with white fibrous flesh. In more than enough research, soursop has proven to have more health benefits than many other fruits.
Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the many soursop benefits.
1. Soursop Fights Cancer
Though there haven’t been any direct studies on humans, soursop extracts were found to kill certain types of breast and liver cancer cells.
The soursop plant is a proven cancer remedy for most types of the disease . Though the tests haven’t been conducted on humans yet, the possibilities are promising.
Soursop extract had also inhibited the survival and metabolism of pancreatic cancer cells – and this indicates potential success in curing the lethal disease.
2. Improves Eye Health
We have seen soursop is replete with antioxidants. These antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene, have been found to decrease the risk of eye disease. The antioxidants also reduce oxidative stress, which can otherwise cause cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
3. Helps Treat Infections
Soursop can treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites, one of those being leishmaniasis, a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of sand fleas.
The leaves of the soursop tree are also used to treat a wide range of infections.
4. Soursop Aids Diabetes Treatment
According to a Nigerian study, soursop possesses anti-diabetic properties. The two groups of rats tested in the study had a significant difference in their blood glucose concentrations, with the group treated by soursop having lower concentrations than the other.
The soursop leaf aqueous extract was found to inhibit (and even prevent) the hepatic oxidative damage caused in diabetes patients .
5. Boosts Kidney And Liver Health
Malaysian study says that soursop extract was found to be safe in rats that were being treated for kidney and liver ailments. Similar observations could be observed in humans as well.
According to another Indian study, the acetogenins in soursop can kill the malignant cells of 12 types of cancer, with liver cancer being one of them.
6. Boosts The Immune System
Study has shown that the intake of soursop can enhance immunity. This can be attributed to the bioactive compounds in the fruit. Oral intake of soursop leaf extracts was found to reduce edema in rat paws, which is usually caused due to a weak immune system. The study concludes by stating that soursop leaf extract has the potential to stimulate immunity, and hence can be used in the treatment of immune compromised patients. Soursop can also be made a part of the diet to improve the overall lifestyle quality.
The juice of the soursop fruit was found to provide more micronutrients than its pulp. But the pulp has more amount of vitamin A than the juice. Soursop is also rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that strengthens and boosts the immune system.
Another report published in a journal by The University of West Indies, talks about a study where patients with different forms of cancer were given different foods, soursop being one of them. The objective of the experiment, as stated in the report, was to enhance the immune system of the patients.
7. Relieves Pain (Works As An Analgesic)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, soursop can work as an analgesic. The mice used in the study were made to writhe; post which the soursop extracts was induced in them. The experiment produced desirable results.
8. Sour sop Treats Fever
The sour sop fruit has been traditionally used to treat fever. In Africa, a decoction of soursop leaves is used to control feverish symptoms and convulsive seizures.
As per an Indian study, the sour sop fruit and its juice can not only treat fever, but also act as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery. The fruit can help treat fever in children as well; soursop is widely used for this purpose in Africa.