As more people seek out alternative medicine and sources of treatment for a variety of health issues, natural substances are gaining a reputation for their curative and healing properties. Herbs, minerals, plants, and oils have long been used in traditional medicine because of their many health benefits.
Soursop is a fruit that originates in the rain-forests of South America. While this fruit is used in many food dishes and drinks, the benefits of soursop go beyond its taste. In fact, one of the benefits of soursop that have gained recent attention is its cancer killing properties. Clinical research has shown that chemicals extracted from soursop leaves are not only more effective in the killing of cancer cells than chemotherapy, but also in relieving some of the side effects of chemo.
Besides its anti-cancer properties, soursop has numerous other health benefits. Soursop leaves are the most powerful part of this plant and can be consumed in soups or teas or applied in salves and lotions, in order to achieve the benefits of soursop.
Soursop can be used to treat a variety of hair and skin problems. Dandruff, split ends, dry or brittle hair, hair loss, and even grey hair can all benefit from soursop treatment. In order to reap these benefits, steep soursop leaves in hot water to make tea. Use the tea as a hair rinse. Save the steeped soursop leaves to treat a variety of skin conditions, too. When gently mashed, the chemical properties of the leaves act as a natural astringent to treat acne and eczema. The mashed leaves can also be applied to treat lice and bedbugs.
Soursop is an iron-rich plant. Thus, it is a useful medicine for individuals with blood disorders. Consuming tea made from soursop leaves and fruit can increase red blood cell count, treat anaemia, and reduce hypertension. The leaves also have antibacterial properties that are useful in treating infections. A whole, fresh leaf placed on a flesh wound helps the wound heal more quickly than if left untreated.
Many daily health benefits of soursop come from consuming the plant because of its high nutrient content. Both the fruit and leaves of this plant contain high levels of minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and fibre, as well as vitamins A, B and C. Soursop leaves, in particular, have gentisic acid, annonacin, annocatalin, and anonol, all of which boost and support the immune system. Because of the nutrient content of the soursop leaves, they are often used whole or in tea to treat insomnia or provide healing during a cold or flu.