Cancer cure : soursop

I think most of you would have come across the viral email about "cancer cure : soursop". It was about soursop, the cancer killer and how this vital information was suppressed from public knowledge. It was from this particular email that took my curiosity to find out more about this fruit, the soursop. For those who still have not read the email, you can click on the link at the end of this article. Soursop has certain properties that kill cancer cells 10,000 times more efficient than chemotherapy; and they only kill cancer cells leaving the healthy cells unharmed. This means the patient does not suffer from the side effects that chemotherapy has. One of its cancer cure properties is annonacin. Soursop is high in carbohydrates, especially fructose. It also has large amount of vitamins C, B1, and B2.

Soursop is called by various names in different languages. Graviola in Portuguese, durian belanda in Malay, babana in Indonesian, guanabana in Spanish, gayubano in Philippines, and pawpaw (not to confuse with papaya) in Brazilian. Soursop grows in tropical countries and are common in Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, Central America and the sub-Saharan African countries. Source: robstephaustralia, CC-BY, via flickr Cancer cure : soursop. Other health benefits of the fruit and the plant

Making tea from the leaves and bark. You can either use fresh leaves or dried ones. As the leaves are very potent, you only need one or two leaves for one person. You only need to steep the leaves in boiling water, just like making ordinary tea. The strength of the tea depends on the number of leaves and the length of time the leaves are left in the water. Other benefits are alleviating migraine headache, diarrhea, cough, back pain, stress, high blood pressure, and nerve ailment. If you are suffering from insomnia, try drinking this tea before going to sleep. As for children who like to bed wet, this tea will help prevent it. All said, the sour sop fruit, seeds, bark, roots and leaves have been found to even cure cancer.

To soothe inflammation and swelling, place crushed soursop leaves on the affected area. There are many other ailments that soursop is supposed to be effective, but I think a general awareness of the power of soursop is good enough for us to eat more of the fruit as well as drink the tea. Culinary uses of soursop

Soursop can be made into ice cream, as a sorbet, and as ingredient for cakes and pies.

The young unripe soursop fruit can also be used as a vegetable dish. And of course, pure soursop fruit juice!

Are all these true?

In the final analysis, are we going to believe all that have been written? Personally, I strongly believe that each fruit has its unique health and medicinal properties. Also in each of us, we have unique constituents making our bodies tick. Certain fruits may prove to be more effective for certain people, while for others not. Be that as it may, soursop is one fruit that you may not want to miss out.

I will be planting a soursop plant in due course, for sure. Soursop plant in my garden Source: Photo by author Good Guy An update : I planted my Soursop plant

This is an update. I have planted a soursop plant in my garden. It's been about 6 months already; and now it has grown to nearly 150 cm (5 feet). At the rate that it is growing, I think I may have to wait for at least another 2 years to see the first flowers. Take a look at the photo on the right. A word of caution

Research has suggested that there may be a connection between consumption of soursop and atypical forms of Parkinson's disease because of the high content of annonacin present in soursop. What an irony, as annonacin is supposed to cure cancer! Well, looks like you can't win them all. My own decision is that I would do things in moderation.

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02 October 2014

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