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Friday, 29 September 2017

The Healing Powers of Graviola


Graviola is an amazing and evergreen tree with dark green leaves which grows to an average height of six meters. It produces a large heart-shaped fruit that has a green colored covering with short spiky protrusions all over. 

The inside of the fruit is a whitish fleshy acid tasting pulp which can either be eaten immediately or used to prepare juices or smoothies. Graviola is originally known to come from the warm rain forest of the Amazon in South America and parts of North America and also the Caribbean. It can also found in the forest of Africa. It is commonly called soursop in Africa after the British, it is also known as guanabana in Spanish-speaking countries. The name granola is from Brazil.

The different parts of the graviola tree, like the leaves, bark, roots, fruit and the seeds have been used as native remedies for conditions such as fever, worm infestation, liver problems, heart diseases, diarrhea and dysentery, asthma, arthritis, skin diseases, hypertension, intestinal parasites, bacterial, viral and fungal infections by native Indians in North America and other traditional healers in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Malaysia. In the America, graviola is been used for the treatment of depression and cancer, while in the West Indies; it is normally used as an aid to treat lactation.


Research from different countries of the world have confirmed that the different parts of graviola are very effective in treating different kinds of ailments .According to the author of ‘The Healing Power of Rain forest Herbs,’  Taylor Leslie,  graviola has anticancer, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic and hypotensive properties. 

Graviola has therefore been discovered to be effective against all kinds of cancer and has a broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial agent for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections. Other means of using graviola includes the treatment of internal parasites and worms, hypertension, depression, stress and nervous disorders.

The active ingredients found in graviola is a group of chemicals called Annonaceous Acetogenins which is found in the leaves, bark, stem and seeds of the tree. Different scientific analyst have confirmed that these chemicals have anti tumour properties and are selective in their toxicity against cancer cells; as in they do no harm to the normal cells of the body. In fact, a recent research have found out that Annonaceous Acetogenins is 10,000 times more potent than a chemotherapy drug. The operation mode of these acetogenins is by inhibiting certain enzymatic reactions on the cell membranes of any cancer cells.

Again, plant researchers in Purdue University in West Lafayette, have confirmed that the Acetogenins have a great leanness for malignant cancer cells and tumour cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy and other drugs. These kind of cells develop multi drug resistance (MDR). They carry this out by developing intercellular pumps that push out the anticancer agents from inside the cell before they can cause any damage. Usually, only about two per cent of the tumour cells become resistant, but these are the ones that will multiply to form MDR tumours. All these cells depend on ATP as their main energy source for their activities and when this source of energy is cut off the cancer cells dies off.


Acetogenins functions by resisting and blocking ATP from reaching the cells. The cells need a lot of ATP for cell division and growth and for vitalizing the cells. If ATP is cut off the cells eventually die as a result of lack of sufficing energy. Normal, healthy cells do not operate these pumps and do not need as much power as the tumour cells. This is the basis of the selectivity of the Acetogenins. Acetogenins which are found mostly in the leaves, stem, bark and seeds of graviola.


For treatment of Cancer ailment mentioned above, the parts of graviola plant should be used more than the fruit. Usually, the leaves are boiled and left to cool over night before drinking it all day. Graviola leaves can be used when dried and brewed as tea at home or even  purchased from healthcare food shops.

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