Graviola which very much resembles a Custard Apple is a miracle fruit that is getting popular for its anti-cancer properties. Also called as Soursop, Graviola has many medicinal uses. Let’s see the many Graviola health benefits and check Graviola treatment for cancer.
A humble fruit, Graviola or soursop mainly found in the rain forests of Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, caught media attention a few years back when it was observed in laboratories that graviola extracts could kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells. This custard apple resembling fruit is easily available in various other regions as well such as Hyderabad. However, it is known as Rama Phalam in the Telugu, the local language of the city. Is Graviola really a natural cancer killer? Let’s take a look at Soursop uses and some of the health benefits of this fruit.
Graviola Tree is an evergreen short tree mainly found in Cuba, Central America, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Peru Venezuela and other Amazon rain forest areas. It comes as a ray of hope for millions of cancer patients as well doctors treating this disease. Scientifically known as Annona muricata, this fruit can be considered as a god gift for the entire community that is looking for a natural cancer cure. Though a lot needs to be tested and proved before it is declared as a proven treatment for cancer. Graviola is available in various forms such as leaves, powder, capsules and even in liquid forms.
Spaniards call this fruit “guanabana”. Portuguese call it “graviola”. Brazilians call it by different names such as pawpaw, guyabano, corossolier, guanavana, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, nangka blanda, sirsak, and nangka londa. In South Indian state Kerala, it is known as “mullaatha” which simply means custard apple with thorns. In other Indian regions, it is known as shul-ram-fal and hanuman fal.
The fruit is large in size and tastes like a sour citrus fruit. It has while pulp that can be eaten raw or uses in preparing juice or sherbets.
The anti cancerous properties of this fruit are remarkable. According to some reports, it can be ten thousand times more effective than a regular chemotherapy.
Soursop tree bark, leaves, roots and even fruit seeds have been used by medical practitioners for treating various health issues including: