Soursop for cancer: Can it be another miracle?

Soursop, Annona muricata Linn., belongs to the family Annonaceae (the family includes atis or sugarapple, cherimoya and atemoya, which is a hybrid between atis and cherimoya). This is also called guayabano, guanabana and graviola. The soursop, a native of the West Indies in tropical America, is a small tree with dark-green fruits with leathery-appearing skin studded with widely spaced soft spines. The flesh is creamy white, soft, fibrous and very juicy with its subacid taste.

The ripe fruit of the soursop is usually eaten fresh as a dessert and is a good source of vitamins B and C. Meanwhile, the fruit juice can be made into ice cream or sherbet with the addition of sugar and can also be made into a refreshing drink. Various parts of the soursop has also some medicinal uses and can be a remedy for gall bladder infection, coughs, diarrhea and indigestion.

In the past few years, research results from laboratory studies showed that soursop extracts can kill certain cancer cells.  As reported in, laboratory tests since the '70s have shown that  the soursop extracts effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. The tree compounds were proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug. These findings suggest that an all-natural therapy is possible without causing extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss. Unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells. It was also indicated that during the treatment, patients can feel healthier and stronger as it boosts your energy and protect the immune system against deadly infections.

It could be another breakthrough in medicine if the laboratory researches about the soursop's cancer-fighting abilities will be proven as effective. However, if one would choose to undergo an alternative therapy against cancer, an advise from medical and cancer professionals should first be taken into consideration. 

We know that nature never fails to surprise us and the discovery of the soursop's ability to fight one of the most deadly disease in our times is just another ray of light we have been waiting for,  hoping that it will be another miracle for mankind.


  1. How amazing from Sour-soup fruit. I know most of tropical fruits are very helpful for our health. Mangosteen is one of examples. Please check it out from my blog. It may be surprised you

  2. This fruit is amazing. You might want to try Markizza Soursop Juice, you can check it on the taste is just perfect and refreshing!


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