Soursop is also known as graviola, custard apple, guanabana and Brazilian pawpaw. It is the fruit of the plant, Annona muricata.
This fruit has strong flavours between strawberries and pineapple.
Soursop can be eaten raw. It can also be added to smoothies or made into teas, juices and ice cream.
Benefits of soursop (fruits & other parts of the plant ) include the following:
√ Soursop is very low in calories.
√ It’s used as a sedative.
√ Soursop is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients.
√ It is also known to have cancer-fighting properties and has an amazing taste. Research shows it inhibits the growth of cancer cells which is essential for good health.
√ Soursop help fights inflammation. The bark, leaves and roots of soursop tree are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
√ Soursop acts as an analgesic and provides relief for arthritis. The leaves can be cooked and applied topically on the affected area for effective relief.
√ Soursop has antibacterial and antiviral properties and help to fight infections.
√ Soursop is rich in dietary fiber which ensures easy digestion of food and supports healthy bowel movements.
√ Soursop is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin B complex which protect the skin from free radicals.
√ Soursop leaves are rich in compounds that help in treating conditions like asthma.
√ Soursop helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
Note: Seeds of the soursop should be avoided as they contain annonacin, a neurotoxin that may lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease.