Besides the green shell and white flesh, and it delicious sweet and sour flavor, one additional aspect of this versatile fruit is notable: guanabana provides powerful relief from a wide scope of diseases, including cancer, herpes, parasites, infections and more. Guanabana is known by a variety of names — including soursop, cherimoya, custard apple, Brazilian paw paw and graviola. Appreciated for centuries in South America and Southeast Asia, the bark, leaves, root, seeds and fruit have been used to tame heart disease, asthma, liver issues and arthritis. Guanabana is also helpful for treating sleep disorders, fevers and cough. According to some research, the extract of guanabana has been used to:
As far back as the 1970s, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) investigated the merits of guanabana, and discovered the stems and leaves of the tree were successful in destroying cancer cells. “Inexplicably, the results [of the NCI research] were published in an internal report and never released to the public. Since 1976, guanabana has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, but as of now, no double-blind clinical trials,” reports Christopher Lane, Ph.D., in Psychology Today.
Moreover, this study found that a compound derived from the leaves of guanabana was “selectively cytotoxic for the lung (A-549), colon (HT-29), and pancreatic (PACA-2) cell lines with potencies equal to or exceeding those of Adriamycin.” And research in the Journal of Natural Products discovered that extracts of guanabana demonstrated pesticidal, antimalarial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Likewise, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center states that guanabana shows anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by: Carolanne Wright
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