Monday, November 26, 2018

Soursop Fruit And Its Numerous Benefits

Soursop also known as Graviola is a tropical fruit which has a thick prickly flesh and has a sweet and sour taste.

This fruit is rich in several compounds, contains beneficial antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and a small amount of iron.

Soursop is eaten in its raw form due to its savoury taste. It can also be used as a smoothie or used to make milkshakes and ice creams.

Apart from the delicious fruit, the leaves are also highly beneficial as they are rich in protein, calcium, fructose, Vitamins A and B.

10 Health benefits of Soursop

1. Treatment of diabetes: The nutrients in soursop leaves are believed to stabilize blood sugar levels in the normal range.

2. Helps in the treatment of fever:  Soursop is used locally in some parts of India and Africa in the treatment of fever and related conditions like malaria, dysentery and seizures.

3. Helps in Cancer treatment: Soursop contains acetogenins which is an anti-cancer agent which has been proved to have a therapeutic effect on cancer treatment but it comes with a limitation as it has a neurotoxicity effect. This means that in as much as it can help in the treatment of cancer, it might also lead to the damage of the brain cells or nervous systems as a result of the exposing the body to toxins (either natural or man-made).

4. Helps you sleep better: Tryptophan which is present in Soursop functions as aromatherapy that the body needs to make niacin and serotonin in other to
produce better sleep. This is effective for people who have sleeping disorders like insomnia, as a daily intake of this fruit will help them sleep better.

5. Lowers harmful cholesterol in the body:
Soursop fruit contains mono-saturated fats that helps in lowering the level of harmful cholesterol in the body and moderate blood pressure. 

6. Improves vision: Soursop contains vitamins C, vitamin E and Vitamin A which occurs in the form of beta-carotene. The vitamins acts as an antioxidant in the body as they help in reducing the risk associated to the eye.

7. Helps in weight loss: Soursop leaves helps in weight loss when taken as a tea.

8. Relieves respiratory distress: Soursop contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help clear out airways, relieve congestion, and soothe irritation. 

9. Used as an analgesic: Soursop has been applied to wounds and injuries for generations and also works internally to relieve pain and speed healing. Its anti-inflammatory effect makes it an ideal solution for all types of body pain.

10. Improves the skin: Ground Soursop seeds can be used as skin astringents to treat body wrinkles and ageing lines on the body.