Soursop may be the most famous cancer-fighting fruit you have never heard of. Also known as guanabana and graviola, the spiny green fruit is well known in the Caribbean and South America, where it grows on a tall evergreen tree.
The tree thrives in tropical climates and does less well as the weather cools. It can be found in south Florida, but it does better the closer it is to the equator. So it can be found around the world in tropical climates. It can be found in equatorial Africa and Asia
The creamy, custardy insides of the fruit is deliciously sweet and some say a combination of mango and strawberry. Yet is has apparent mystical healing powers, as do its stems, bark and leaves. Graviola leaves can be made into tea (click here for more info) and are said to help cancer patients survive and ultimately beat their disease.
Scientists have shown soursop/graviola contains phytochemicals at that good at killing resistant cancer cells. These are lab tests that have isolated the chemicals. However clinical trials have not yet been conducted (there’s no profit in it for pharmaceutical companies) to prove it is a definitive anti-cancer tool – or as some call it – an all natural cure for cancer.
Soursop is also known as a good anti-inflammatory agent and helps soothe intestinal upsets and is used by indigenous people, where the tree grows wild, as a treatment for dysentery. It also can help with insomnia. The guanabana seeds, while toxic to eat, can be pulverized into a paste that can sooth skin irritations.
A website devoted to the topic to learn more is called aboutsoursop.com. There are many fruit products made from soursop – see them here. The leaves for tea are available in many places, but this is a good source for wild and organic graviola leaves.