Soursop and Graviola are two different names for the same fruit, namely the fruit of Annona muricata.
It is known all over the world, with different names.
In French this fruit is called Corossol (or Corossole), it is called Graviola in Italian and Portuguese / Brazilian, and Guanàbana in Spanish. In South-East Asia it is known as Mang Cau in Vietnamese, Thuriankhaek in Thai, Sapadille in the Island La Réunion, Sirsak (from Dutch Zuurzak) or Nangka Belanda (“Dutch Jackfruit”) in Indonesia.
The active ingredients are to be found mainly in the leaves and in the stems of the plants, and not in the fruits themselves.
The fruits and their pulp and juice contain sugars, which are some of the triggering elements for the development of cancer. It is therefore advisable to cut the sugar intake; this will help prevent any future cancer formation.
It is often possible to buy Soursop products in Asian food shops or specialized stores.
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The mechanism of the acetogenin (1) cytotoxic action (2) is the inhibition of the mitochondrial complex I (3) (Lannuzel et al., 2003), and the inhibition of ubiquinone-linked NADH oxidase (4) in the plasma membranes of cancerous cells causing apoptosis (5) (Alali et al., 1999). Torres et al. (2012) demonstrated that A. muricata extracts suppressed phosphorylation of the key molecules (6) involved in the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and the phosphatidylinositol 3’kinase (PI3 K/Akt) pathway which play a crucial role in the proliferation and survival of pancreatic cancer cells. Also, plant extract inhibited the expression of glucose transporter (7) and glycolytic enzymes, all of which lead to the reduction of glucose uptake and ATP production by PC cells (Torres et al., 2012).
1) Cytotoxicity: is the property of a chemical or biological agent to be toxic to cells, possibly to destroy them. (2) acetogenins: bioactive agents primarily in the leaves and bark of Annona muricata (soursop). (3) Inhibition of mitochondrial complex prevention of respiratory chain. (4) ubiquinone oxidase: often called coenzyme Q10, is a molecule involved in the respiratory chain. (5) Apoptosis (programmed cell death) is the process by which cells trigger their self-destruction in response to a signal. (6) Phosphorylation of molecules: allows among others the energy transfer. (7) Glucose is the main source of energy in the body.
Summary: The active agents present in Soursop leaves, can cause cell death by depriving them of oxygen, energy and sugar (sugar, the main engine of cancer cells).
No, Soursop is not a medicinal product, but a plant that grows mainly in the Amazon and Southeast Asia.
However, it is used in traditional medicine in many countries, particularly in South America and Southeast Asia.
The capsules are made only and entirely of micro pulverized Soursop leaves. No additives, no preservatives.
Please keep in mind that it is not a commonly dried fruit product, easily available in shops or online, but a compound made of leaves and parts of the stem of the Soursop plant, carefully selected and micro pulverized.
The capsule’s coating is 100% plant-based and contains neither preservatives nor chemical products.
You have 2 options to use the leaves, either hot or in cold decoction:
- The principle of cold infusion:
We use the term infusion because it is nicer than the correct term which is * maceration.
The result of the cold infusion provides a delicately flavored drink, which is not too heavy in taste. The principle is simply to put Soursop leaves (leaves in strips or pieces) in water (tap water, filtered water or spring water) at room temperature. Use the same quantities as for hot decoction, either 7 to 9 leaves cut into strips for 6 dl water.
• Infuse in refrigerator 6 to 8 hours (overnight).
• Filter your tea, and keep refrigerated in a closed glass bottle.
• It is not necessary to sweeten once filtered, and it is advisable to drink the cold tea within 12 hours.
• Do not keep for over 24h.
- Hot decoction:
• Place between 7 and 9 (depending on size) Soursop leaves that you have previously shredded in 60 cl of cold water (3 glasses of 20 cl).
• Bring to a boil.
• Allow to boil for 30 minutes.
• Your decoction is ready.
• Repeat the process every day.
The method is an extraction method very similar to that of the infusion but it is longer. It consists of allowing the plants to rest in a liquid, water, alcohol, oil or vinegar, in order to extract the active ingredients.
Herbal D-Tox sells Soursop leaves naturally dried in the open air. They are not heated as they would lose their beneficial properties. Soursop leaves are packed after going through a selection and drying in the open air, under a canopy.
Soursop Liquid Extract is a concentrate of active ingredients. The extract is obtained through distillation in an alembic, to get the pure essence. Only a part of the Soursop (leaves and bark) are used to extract the concentrated active ingredients. This allows to capture the most subtle molecules produced by the plant.
Leaves are used for the preparation of tea.
Capsules are meant for those who do not have time to make a tea or a brew. A tea can be replaced by capsules in the following proportion: 4 capsules to a cup of tea, to be taken before meals.
The Tea is made of chopped leaves and it is ready to use in the form of tea bags.
Each product sold in Herbal D-Tox website has its own recommendations of use, according to the type of situation and product efficiency. For example, with Soursop Liquid extract you will see results faster than with Soursop Capsules.
You can find this information in the “suggested use” section at the bottom of each product’s page.
Anyone can drink a Soursop (Annona muricata) infusion. Soursop boosts the immune system and protects against illnesses like the flu, cough, cold, fever, etc....
When Soursop is taken as a treatment for a specific ailment, we recommend to do cycles of 3 months with a break of at least 1 week. Then repeat it for 3 more months.
Soursop leaves contain the active ingredient Acetogenin, which has exhibited antitumor efficacy both in animal models and in a limited number of clinical studies. For more information about scientific studies check the section REVIEW.
Soursop is an excellent complement to chemotherapy treatments. Moreover, it can also help reducing the symptoms related to chemotherapy sessions, especially weight loss, hair loss, vomiting, dizziness, and nausea.
It is strictly not advised to stop or replace your conventional treatment with Soursop treatment. We kindly remind you to consult your doctor always before taking any dietary supplement.
Pregnant women should avoid the consumption of Soursop.
Soursop is hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), a vasodilator (widens blood vessels), and can causes cardiovascular depression (decreased heart rate and contractility).
Do not use more often or differently than indicated in the recommendations of use.
Keep out of reach of children.
People with allergies to any of the components should not use this product.
Allergens: allergen-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, no additives, no colorants, no preservatives.
Soursop has many benefits if the dosage is correctly followed. However, it is advisable to suspend its use from time to time because extended consumption, and in large doses, could lead to loss of some of the digestive tract’s beneficial bacteria. This may cause nausea and vomiting.
Soursop may potentiate antidepressant drugs and interfere with MAO-A inhibitors. Products should never replace the advice of a doctor or specialist.
Extracts and products derived from soursop (Annona muricata) may cause drowsiness and sedation.
Soursop is an exotic fruit from South America and it’s a concentrate of antioxidants.
Its leaves contain the sedative alkaloids liriodenine and atherospermin, minerals, amino acids, vitamins C, B1 and B2.
Here is a long list of therapeutic properties attributed to all parts of the Soursop tree:
• antibacterial, anti-cancer, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-diarrheal, anti-dysentery, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antineoplastic, antiparasitic (dewormer), antispasmodic, anti-tumor, antiviral, astringent, carminative, blood cleanser, febrifuge, hypotensive, insecticide, sedative, diaphoretic, vasodilator
Soursop has very little side effects. But, its consumption is not recommended for pregnant women.
The whole plant is usable: leaves, fruits, flowers, stems, roots and bark. None of them clashes with other medications.
At the early stages of treatment, occasional episodes of diarrhoea may occur. This could mean that your body needs to “adjust” to the powerful active ingredients of Soursop, so we suggest to do the following: reduce the dosage to the minimum, then increase it little by little every day, until you reach the recommended dosage.
A link between the consumption of Annonaceae and the occurrence of atypical parkinsonian syndromes was suggested by the team of the CHU of Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe.
However, on the basis of available experimental data, it is not possible to assert that cases of atypical parkinsonian syndromes observed in Guadeloupe are necessarily linked to the consumption of Annonaceae such as Annona muricata L.
Atypical Parkinsonian syndromes may be due to a high concentration of aluminium in the soil. Several studies have discarded the Soursop as being responsible.
In 2010, Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments (French Agency for Food Safety) concluded that, based on research results, "it is not possible to confirm that the observed cases of atypical Parkinson's syndrome [ ...] are related to the consumption of annona muricata ", and called for further studies on the potential risks to human health.
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Herbal D-tox exclusively sells its products online to keep the distribution costs at bay and to make Soursop available to everyone at the best price.
We have staff and offices in several countries in Southeast Asia and Europe.
We manage the whole production chain from those offices, from selecting hand-picked leaves to shipping products.
All our products are prepared and packed in our laboratories in Thailand. We maintain a strict quality control at every stage, from the leaves' selection to the shipment, in order to ensure a level of impeccable quality.
We are firmly committed to a responsible and sustainable approach both in terms of ethics towards our collaboration with our producers and partners, and in terms of our natural and sustainable agriculture.
Our products are stored in our facilities in Europe and sent from there.
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