Soursop is a heart shaped, large prickly green colored fruit. Also known as Annona muricata or graviola, Soursop is believed to be indigenous to most of the warmest tropical regions of the world.
It almost looks like custard apple and when raw, it is dark green in colour. Once it ripens, the fruit becomes light green and slightly soft externally, so it looks like cherimonyas and custard apple in terms of appearance, and even in flavor.
Its flesh contains shiny black small inedible seeds and is sweet, acidic in taste and used in ice creams, beverages and other sweet foods because of its creamy texture. The skin of soursop is inedible, but the flesh is nutritious.
But not many are aware that this amazing fruit is medicinal in nature. In fact, the use of this fruit in traditional medicine practice has a history that dates back to centuries!
Although the skin of soursop is inedible, in natural medicine practice, all parts of the fruit tree are used as medicine, including the roots, barks, stems, leaves, fruits and the fruit-seeds.
The fruit recently gained popularity for its ability to treat cancer. Studies have shown that it can kill cancer cells up to 10 thousand times more effectively than chemotherapy drugs without causing side effects!
Apart from its anti-cancer properties, soursop is known for many other benefits for our skin, hair and health. Soursop has been proven to have amazing skin-nourishing nutrients that can make your skin glow with health!
It heals and treats skin disorders as it has effective healing qualities.
Scientific research has also shown that soursop contain nutrients like protein, sugar, fatty acids, dietary fiber, Vitamins C, B1, B2, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium chloride.
It also contains many bioactive compounds and phytochemicals, such as alkaloid, citric-acid, malic-acid, stearic-acid, stepharine, tannin, vinblastine, etc, which are needed by the human body.
Due to its richness in Vitamins B and C, soursop is commonly taken after childbirth to help increase mother’s breast milk, to cool down feverish conditions, chill and flu, thus serving as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery and for intestinal parasites.
This notwithstanding, women are warned to avoid the fruit during pregnancy, as it has been found to be a potent uterine stimulant.