Graviola

Graviola Soursop

Graviola or Soursop has been taken for its natural healing properties for years and due to information provided in recent years by RainTree Nutrition, The National Health Sciences Institute and a popular Dr's TV show, there has been tremendous excitement about Graviola.

Graviola or Soursop
Soursop or Graviola, also called Brazilian Pawpaw, Guanaba, in addition to numerous other names, refers to the fruit of the Annona Muricata tree. The fruit is green and heart shaped, and about six to twelve inches (15.24-30 cm) in diameter making it the second biggest annona fruit after junglesop. The tree is found in South America and on numerous tropical islands and grows best in rainforest climates.

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Annona muricata is a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, primarily Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Annona muricata will reportedly produce Graviola or Soursop fruit as a container specimen, even in temperate climates, if protected from cool temperatures.

Graviola Soursop Fruit
The extract of the Graviola fruit or Soursop fruit is popularly used to make fruit juice drinks, sherbets, sorbets, candies, ice cream flavorings and smoothies, and exhibits notes of tangy and sweet. It can also be peeled and eaten, though some find the taste alone too sour. As a fruit, graviola may not prove exceptional, but it certainly has an extended history of use in ancient and now modern herbal remedies.

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In recent times, Graviola extract or Soursop extract has proven interesting to medical researchers because it contains chemicals called annonaceous acetogenins. These chemicals have been shown to have cytotoxic properties; in other words, they tend to attack cancer cells. Also these compounds may be a helpful insecticide, and several prominent universities like Purdue have patented their studies and work with graviola components, since they may later prove so useful.

Though the Food and Drug Administration may ultimately patent graviola or approve it as a prescribed medication for cancer treatment, studies are still early.
 
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