Fruits

Soursop’s health benefits

The soursop is a fruit native to the region of the Antilles. It is a large fruit, with an oval shape and a greenish skin, with some spines. Its pulp is white and its taste is bittersweet.

However, research results on the properties of soursop have proven that it has a series of medicinal characteristics.

As a result, today, the fruit is used in several other ways, such as soursop leaf tea and soursop in capsules, for example, so that people can enjoy the benefits it brings to health.

Here, you will learn about the health benefits of graviola, check out:

SOURSOP FRUIT

The soursop fruit is low in calories, with less than 62 kcal per 100 g of it, according to what appears in the Brazilian Food Composition Table. With 0.8g of protein for every 100g, it can be considered a good contribution compared to other fruits.

It can also be considered a good source of carbohydrate, with 1.9 g for every 100 g of dietary fiber.

In addition, soursop is a good source of the following minerals and vitamins:

  • Calcium;
  • Magnesium;
  • Manganese;
  • Potassium;
  • Vitamin B1;
  • Vitamin B2;
  • Vitamin B6;

The composition of the fruit is also associated with weight loss, which means that the consumption of soursop makes you lose weight, or rather, it helps you lose weight if done along with other measures.

That’s because, in addition to having a low calorie content, it has a lot of fiber, which helps to increase the feeling of satiety.

BENEFITS OF SOURSOP

Science points out a series of health benefits of graviola, such as:

  • protect the heart

With hypotensive, vasodilatory, antispasmodic and sedative properties, the fruit helps to control blood pressure and slow down the heart rate;

  • anti-inflammatory action

It helps to inhibit inflammatory processes in the body, as well as helping to treat arthritis, swelling and joint pain;

  • More benefits

Also among the graviola properties are: antibacterial and antifungal action, worming action, emetic action, analgesic action, anticonvulsant action, digestive stimulant and toning of the cardiac muscles;

  • help treat cancer

Some recent studies demonstrate that the fruit may be a cancer drug by virtue of its cell-protective properties and works in the destruction of multidrug-resistant cancer cells.

The use of soursop against cancer may be related to potent antioxidant compounds that are present in the composition of the fruit, such as acetogenin.

SOURSOP FRUIT: HOW TO EAT

Let’s talk now about how to consume soursop to enjoy its benefits.

People with diabetes can consume the fruit, which is rich in fiber. In this way, it helps to make the absorption of glucose in the body slower, which makes the level of it in the blood to be kept under control.

However, as is the case with any fruit, these people must be aware of the time and the amount they consume.

The fruit can be consumed in different ways: fresh soursop, soursop juice, soursop tea, soursop leaf tea and soursop in capsules.

It is important to emphasize, however, that in the case of capsules and soursop leaf tea, it is necessary to obtain the advice of a doctor so that he can determine the servings that should be consumed daily.

The best option to ingest soursop is to consume the fresh fruit, preferably, since, in this way, its fibers are better preserved, giving a greater feeling of satiety.

In this case, the recommendation is to eat half a unit of a medium-sized fruit per day, which is equivalent to one serving.

Regarding contraindications, the consumption of the fruit is not indicated for:

  • People with mumps and cold sore or injuries in the mouth region, due to its high level of acidity;
  • Because of its sedative and calming properties, people who suffer from hypotension should avoid it;
  • Pregnant women should also avoid eating the fruit, as it increases the risk of miscarriage;

To make sure that consumables the fruit is safe for you, consult the nutritionist, as each person has their own biochemical characteristics and sensitivity to different foods.

 

SOURSOP CULTIVATION

If you want to plant a soursop plant for your own consumption or even to sell the fruits, we have provided you with some information below about the cultivation of soursop. Check-out:

  • The soil to be used should have a light texture, be deep, well drained and airy, although it can be planted in any type of soil;
  • The best results are observed in soils with a high content of organic matter and the soil acidity should be corrected;
  • The recommended spacing between one soursop plant and another should be 4 x 4 m to 8 x 8 m, depending on factors such as soil type, technology used for planting, topography, weather conditions, among others;
  • The size of the holes should be 60 x 60 x 60 cm on average, and they should be opened approximately 30 days before planting;
  • The ideal climate is one with temperatures between 21°C and 30°C;
  • The fruit can be planted in homemade orchards;
  • The harvest can take place about 12 months after grafting or 5 to 6 months after the opening of the flowers of the soursop tree;
  • It is recommended that the first fruits are discarded to preserve the vigor of the seedling for a longer period of time;
  • Fruits can be picked by hand, but if picked still unripe, they can be sour and with a bitter taste;
  • The ideal is to harvest at a stage when the fruit rind changes from dark to light green and the thorns break easily;
  • Full production can take from 4 to 5 years, however, during this time, it is possible to cultivate other plants in an intercalated system, some suggestions for these are vegetables, beans, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple;
  • In general, it is possible to find free standing seedlings at 2 reais and grafted seedlings at 5 reais. Prices may vary by region;

HOW TO MAKE JUICE AND SOURPOP TEA

Learn how to make soursop juice in the recipe below:

You will need:

  • 1 liter of water;
  • 1 medium or large soursop;
  • 1 cup brown sugar;
  • Ice to taste;

To make soursop juice, follow these steps:

  • Separate the ingredients and peel the fruit. To make it easier to strain the juice, cut the fruit in half and remove the seeds using a spoon and the core, which contains more fiber. Dismiss what has been withdrawn;
  • Then add the water, brown sugar and fruit and blend in a blender for about 1 or 2 minutes;
  • After that, the juice will be ready. If you like, you can strain before serving and add ice to make the juice more refreshing;

The fruit tastes quite sweet naturally, so if you want, you can do without the use of sugar to make the juice. For this, you can use a slightly more ripe fruit.

See now how to make soursop tea:

You will need:

  • 6 leaves of soursop tree;
  • 1 liter of water;

The preparation mode is as follows:

  • Boil the water;
  • Add leaves;
  • Turn off the fire;
  • Smother the mixture for about 15 minutes;
  • Strain and serve, preferably, without sweetening the tea;

The benefits of consumables tea from the leaves of this fruit can be pointed out as the fight against diseases such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, depression, hypertension, inflammatory problems, worms, insomnia, liver disease, migraine, flu and high cholesterol.

In addition, it can be used to help treat diarrhea and reduce phlegm, as well as cramps and neuralgia.

However, currently, the thing that has caused people to increase their consumption of this tea is the fact that it has been reported by medical research recently that it is possible to use graviola against cancer.

According to these researches, the leaves of the fruit help fight cancer cells due to aceptamine, an active principle that can be found in it.

It is important to emphasize that the results were conclusive in animals, but there is still nothing very concrete to suggest that soursop cures cancer in the case of humans.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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