What if I told you there is an unbelievably delicious fruit, with scandalously white, pulpy flesh, that’s great for your eyes, can treat infections and even shows promise as a potential cancer-fighting food? Are you nodding your head? Let us introduce you to the soursop. (AKA Paw Paw, Custard Apple, Graviola, Guanabana, and Guyabano)
Our Paw Paw is straight from South America where it is often blended for ice creams, alcoholic drinks, candies, and custards. This superfruit has countless healing properties as a high-antioxidant food due to its vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron content. It is not wonder that soursop can treat infections, reduce inflammation, and may even fight cancer!
1. Treats Infections
Soursop is often used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites. It’s also been used to treat herpes, coughing and vomiting.
Many of the soursop benefits are thought to be derived from its antioxidant properties.
Studies show that the phytonutrients found in the fruit are high in antioxidant compounds, including alkaloids, saponins, terpenoids, flavonoids, coumarins, lactones, anthraquinones, tannins, cardiac glycosides, phenols and phytosterols. Talk about disease-fighting #squadgoals!
Additional studies have reported that antioxidants may also help with eye disease. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study led by the National Eye Institute found antioxidants to be useful, especially when consumed as a cocktail of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. In one study, this combination actually lowered the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by 25 percent in those who already had the disease.
2. Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory and Antimicrobial Properties
Extracts from graviola leaves have shown anti-inflammatory properties in addition to their antimicrobial characteristics, making soursop a versatile anti-inflammatory food.
3. May Help Fight Cancer
Food & Function reports that bioactive components of graviola leaf extracts may have positive cancer-fighting properties. This is due to the free radical scavenging abilities and antioxidant enzymes they contain, thus helping to eliminate cancer cells. It’s believed that the guanabana leaves kill cancer cells by blocking ATP production. ATP, aka adenosine triphosphate, is a usable form of energy for cells. This energy is contained within a chemical bond that, if released, can be used to foster other activity within the cells.
Scientists at the Tepic Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico de Tepic – ITT) in Mexico discovered acetogenins in the soursop fruit, which hold potent chemotherapeutic properties.
Graviola extract may kill numerous types of cancer cells, specifically pancreatic cancer cells. A study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that the extract can greatly reduce pancreatic cancer. Cells that were treated with graviola extract decreased their glucose uptake, making it difficult for bad cells to grow and spread.
HOW TO EAT
Press against the skin of your soursop. If your fingers leave a dip on the skin and the fruit is fragrant (like banana, strawberry, pineapple), it is ready to eat.
Cut the fruit into four pieces
Remove the white pulp with your hands.
There is a black seed in the middle of each fleshy fruit pod. You can easily plop it out with your fingers. DO NOT EAT THE SEEDS.
After the seeds have been removed, you can go to town on the fruit, blend it, and/or freeze it, YUM!