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Guyabano Health Benefits Revealing Medicinal Properties of an Exotic Fruit

There are many fruit that most people simply dont know about, and guyabano,
also known as soursop and guanabana, is just one of them. While the fruit is not as
well-known as others and is less researched, guyabano health benefits are still
worthy of note. If you want to expand your mind with knowledge of a fruit you
probably never knew existed, continue onward to see what guyabano is and what it
has to offer.
What is Guyabano?
Guyabano is a fruit that comes from the Graviola tree. Other names for guyabano
(name known in the Philippines)
include: guanbana (Spanish), graviola (Portuguese), pawpaw (in
Brazil), corossol (French), soursop (English), and custard apple (English). The
scientific name is annona muricata.

The graviola tree grows in warm tropical areas such as the Philippines and South
America. Known as a sedative, a nerve tonic, and used to maintain proper
intestinal health, guyabano is just one medicinal tool stemming from the graviola
tree. Throughout history, each part of the graviola tree, such as the bark, leaves,
roots, fruit, and seeds have been used for medicinal purposes. The seeds have been
used to treat nausea and vomiting, while herbal medicine practitioners recommend
using the fruit and leaves to relieve stomach distress, pain, cough, asthma, and
fever.
Guyabano is known to being rich in vitamin C and B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin
and niacin, but here is a fuller list of what the fruit has to offer.

Vitamin C

Iron

Riboflavin

Phosphorus

Thiamine

Calcium

Carbohydrates

Niacin

Fiber
Guyabano Health Benefits Cancer Prevention
Unfortunately, research revolving around guyabanos healing properties is lacking
in the scientific world, but so far researchers have been studying guyabano for its
ability to protect against cancer and reduce side-effects of chemotherapy.
Since 1976, over 20 independent labs researched Guyabanos anti-cancer effects
following initial research carried out by the National Cancer Institute. The National

Cancer Institute found that guyabanos leaves and stems were found effective in
attacking and destroying malignant cells. After the 1976 findings, that were
apparently never released to the public, other research studies came out with
similar conclusions:

One study published in the Journal of Natural Products found that one chemical in
Graviola was 10,000 times more potent than a chemotherapy drug
called Adriamycin.

The Catholic University of South Korea reports that guyabano is not only a threat
to cancer cells, but also leaves healthy cells alone. This is not the case with chemo,
which target all the cells much like antibiotics indiscriminately destroying all gut
bacteria, good and bad.

Purdue University found that leaves from the guyabano tree are killed cancer cells
among six human cell lines. The researchers also found that the leaves were
particularly effective for prostate and pancreatic cancers.
One piece of research found on PubMed concluded:
Overall, the compounds that are naturally present in a Graviola extract inhibited
multiple signaling pathways that regulate metabolism, cell cycle, survival, and
metastatic properties in PC cells. Collectively, alterations in these parameters led to
a decrease in tumorigenicity and metastasis of orthotopically implanted pancreatic
tumors, indicating promising characteristics of the natural product against this
lethal disease.
While guyabano has something to offer in the world of cancer protection, its
important to note that studies conducted with guyabano were conducted in whats
known as In Vitro. This means that biological component have been isolated for
testing, and this this case, cancer cells were used in test tubes. While its helpful to
start research somewhere, we are still in need of human clinical trials.

Still, dont hesitate to chomp down on some soursop (guyabano) for its great taste
and potential (at the very least) anti-cancer abilities. Plus, here are some
other guyabano health benefits.

Other Health Benefits of Guyabano

Alleviates pain stemming from arthritis, joint and back problems, and rheumatism.

Prevents urinary tract infections - Guyabano is known for its vitamin C content
(77% daily value per cup). Vitamin C can help to decrease the amount of harmful
bacteria that may be present in the urinary tract.

Migraine and headache relief Guyabano contains riboflavin, which could help
with headaches.

May help with anemia Soursop (guyabano) is rich in iron, which could help
with iron deficiency anemia.

Prevents constipation - Before Rich in fiber, guyabano is one of the many foods
to choose if you suffer from constipation.

Bone health Guyabano contains copper, a mineral promoting the absorption of


bone-benefiting calcium.

Prevents leg cramps Potassium in the fruit could help prevent leg cramps.

Boosts energy levels Along with vitamin C, guyabano is known to be rich in B


vitamins as well. B vitamins are known to help increase energy levels.

Guyabano Benefit Summary Guyabano can Used for:

Respiratory issues such as asthma or cough

Pain

Headaches or migraines

Intestinal upset, constipation, and stomach distress

Fever

Iron deficiency anemia

Urinary tract infections

Lack of energy