Soursop is a tropical fruit that shows a number of various health benefits when consumed as a part of a healthy balanced diet. Other than being a great source of energy, it also helps improve digestive tract health. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-parasitic. Soursop has widely been considered to be able to prevent the onset of cancer. It helps to combat age related disorders. It keeps your skin and hair healthy, and keeps you looking and feeling healthy.
Hanumanphal, or soursop, is the fruit of an evergreen tree belonging to the custard apple family, Annonaceae. It is a prickly green fruit growing on a tropical evergreen plant, with an edible white pulp and multiple seeds. It is used for consumption in a variety of forms worldwide. Its unique flavor has led to it being used to make confectioneries of various kinds. Apart from a number of other uses, this fruit has been one of the contenders in cancer research worldwide, and has been suggested to be an alternative remedy for the same.
Soursop is a moderate to high calorie fruit, producing about 66Kcal per 100gm of fruit, with almost nil fat content, and no cholesterol. It contains a large amount of Vitamin C, along with Vitamins B6, B12, and A. It contains essential minerals such as potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, and calcium. It also contains about 3 to 4gm of dietary fibers per 100gm of fruit.
Like its close relative custard apple, soursop also contains a large amount of simple sugars. These, combined with abundantly present electrolytes, help to keep you charged up for those long and strenuous activities of daily life. It contains no harmful fats or cholesterol, so the calories do not cause long term adverse health effects.
Vitamin A, and other antioxidants present in the fruit contributes to increased formation of visual cells, and provides a solid barrier to the onset of macular degenerative diseases that damages the visual cells slowly over time. It also reduces the risk of developing cataracts.
Soursop displays anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and may be used as a home remedy for inflammation of the digestive tract. It may also be used to prevent infections in the root canal as a safe alternative to harmful chemicals.
Soursop can be used to treat a large variety of infections caused by pathogens, one of the most prominent ones documented being leishmaniasis, which is transmitted through sand fleas. You can also apply the extract of leaves for the same purpose for topical application.
Vitamins present in the fruit provides a boost to the immune system to fight against day to day ailments caused by microbial infections, such as common cold, measles, influenza, etc. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of herpes.
Soursop has been shown to be effective in the prevention & treatment of diabetes by significantly altering the blood sugar and triglyceride content when taken as a part of a healthy balanced diet. It also prevents oxidative damage to liver and kidneys in diabetics because of its antioxidant properties.
Soursop is extremely beneficial against a number of gastrointestinal problems. Other than improving bowel movement, and preventing inflammation of the digestive tract, it is also has potent antihelminthic properties, so it kills intestinal worms and parasites that causes gastrointestinal and other health problems. It has a significant iron content balanced with other minerals, which helps prevent anemia while preventing iron overdose.
Soursop is said to be able to target and destroy a number of different types of tumor cells pertaining to different types of cancer. While it cannot be considered a medicine, regular intake of the fruit as a part of a balanced and healthy diet can actually reduce the risk of development of cancer due to the large amount of antioxidants present, which removes harmful free radicals from the body.
Vitamins and antioxidants present in the soursop helps in improving the texture and tone of skin and hair, leading to healthy looking and bright skin and hair.
Soursop contains a number of alkaloids and phytochemicals that have been shown to be effective to combat age related degenerative diseases. Indeed, traditional medicines in regions of Africa prescribe the consumption of the unripe fruit as a treatment for rheumatism. It also prevents the onset of degenerative visual diseases, reduces blood pressure, and helps you to maintain a long and healthy life.
Soursop is used worldwide for consumption, either directly as the fruit, or made into different types of confectionaries, including puddings, ice creams, cakes, etc. Some rare instances of the fruit being fermented to make alcoholic beverages are documented. Extracts from leaves are used to make various traditional medicines. The tree provides good quality timber.
Soursop is not recommended for consumption to pregnant or lactating women, or those on certain types of medications to avoid complications. The seeds contains irritant alkaloids which can cause irritation in the eyes and digestive tract. Sometimes overconsumption can cause drastic weight loss. Certain unverified studies have claimed neurodenerative disorders related to overconsumption.
The origin of the soursop fruit is unclear, but the tree is native to the tropical regions of South America. It grows and is cultivated in hot tropical climates all over the world. Commercial cultivation mostly occurs in the South American states of Venezuela, Costa Rica, Brazil, etc., some local cultivation occurs up as far north as Florida. It is extensively grown in the South Asian countries.