Graviola Extract

The graviola tree is similar to a coconut tree, and just like the latter, all parts of the former are extremely useful. Provided here is information about the graviola extract, and its benefits.
Suketu Mehta Mar 14, 2019
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Graviola tree, which is also known as soursop, is native to the Amazon river basin. Its extract has been in use since centuries by the natives of the Amazon river. All parts of this tree have been used to treat various diseases and ailments. Recently, researchers have also found the plant to have certain chemicals, which can help in the treatment of cancer.
Companies which know how to make graviola extract, have made it available in different forms like liquid, powder, and even pills, that can be purchased from the market. Its benefits can also be enjoyed by consuming the fruit, leaves, and bark of the tree in several ways.

Information About the Tree

This tree is considered to be a native of the evergreen Amazon forest. It is also found in a few Southeast Asian countries and some Sub-Saharan African regions. It is relatively small and grows up to 5-6 meters in height. It requires warm temperatures and high humidity to grow and survive.
Very cold climatic conditions may cause the tree to die. Most of these trees are found in and around the equatorial regions due to the conducive climatic conditions. The extract that is obtained from the stems, leaves, and bark of the tree is considered to have enormous health benefits.

Benefits

  • People in the olden days used to mix the extract from the roots, leaves, and stem to make tea and other solutions which were given to people affected by various illnesses.
  • It has traditionally been in use to cure inflammatory conditions like flu and cough.
  • Its solution was also applied on the body to treat rheumatism, arthritis, or joint pain.
  • The extract contains annonaceous acetogenin, a chemical proven to be potent in fighting cancer due to its strong antimicrobial, anti-tumorous, and anti-parasitic qualities.
  • It is known to suppress the enzymes present in cancer cells and to obstruct ATP transportation, thereby aiding in resisting cancer.
  • It also contains alkaloids, which have proven to bring down the effects of depression. Alkaloids stimulate the ingestion of serotonin in the brain, which controls feelings of joy and happiness, thereby elevating the person's mood and getting rid of depression.
  • The extract forms a part of many medications that are prescribed to cure people affected by stress, nervous disorders, fungal or parasitic infection, and hypertension.
Research studies are being conducted to derive a proper patented drug from the extract. Nonetheless, medical practitioners have already started using soursop supplements in various cancer treatments.

Ways to Use Graviola

Fruit

The soursop fruit is readily available in the local market, and can be consumed directly. This sweet (sometimes sour) tasting fruit can also be used as an ingredient in frozen desserts and drinks. Consuming the juice extracted from the fruit can help stop diarrhea, reduce fever, and also fight parasites in the intestine.

Oil

The oil is extracted from the leaves. The leaves can be crushed along with raw fruit from the plant and mixed with olive oil. This oil can be used to treat various skin disorders like rashes, boils, and sores.

Seeds

The seeds of this fruit can be crushed to form a powder, which can be used to treat external as well as internal parasites. This powder is an effective pesticide and also helps in getting rid of head lice.

Tea

Tea can also be prepared from its leaves. The symptoms of a number of ailments like insomnia, hypertension, and diabetes can be alleviated with the help of this tea.

Warning!

  • Graviola extract is unsafe for pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
  • It has also proven to have worsened the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  • It is a hypertensive agent. Hence, people affected by high blood pressure or heart problems can face difficulties after its usage.
  • It also reacts with certain medications in the body like MAO inhibitors and antidepressants.
  • Hence, it is very important to consult a doctor before using any form of graviola.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, attempt to replace the advice offered by a nutritionist or a medical expert.
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