Graviola is an evergreen tree native to parts of Central America, Mexico, Caribbean, South America, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The fruit of this tree looks like a custard apple, but its flesh resembles the flesh of a jack-fruit. This fruits is recognized by various names, such as soursop, pawpaw, nangka, corossolier, guyabano and guanabana. The skin of the graviola fruit is spiny, but its flesh is juicy and very delicious.
For many years, the leaves and fruits of this tree have been used by the Amazon rainforest tribes and other people to treat several types of illnesses. This lead to studies to check for the effect of graviola on cancer cells. So, is graviola effective in treating cancer?
Graviola and Cancer Cure
In the 1970s, The National Cancer Institute started their studies. The results showed that graviola leaves, fruits, and stems were quite effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells
Graviola can target and help in the treatment of about 12 different types of cancers, including breast, colon, liver, prostate, skin, blood, bladder, lung, uterus, ovary, abdominal, and pancreatic cancer. Here is more information on how it works.
1.Limits abnormal cell mutation
Graviola acetogenis are powerful anti-carcinogens and cytotoxins. This means they can limit abnormal cell mutation and eliminate cancer cells. Graviola herbal treatment has been successfully used to treat lung, prostate and pancreatic patients.
2. Doesn’t attack healthy cells
Studies show that acetogenin, a chemical present in soursop is 10,000 times more powerful than Adrianmycin, the drug used during chemotherapy. Chemotherapy targets both cancer and normal, healthy cells. This leads to side effects such as hair loss and nausea. However, Acetogenin only destroys the cancer cells, without causing damage to the healthy cells.
3. Reduces risks to cancer
Along with the fruit, the bark, the leaves and roots of the graviola tree can be used to cure and prevent cancer. People infected with cancer once, though successfully healed, can still acquire the same or another type of cancer in the future. However, cancer patients who use graviola can gain double benefits. Apart from getting cured, this tree will reduce the risk of getting cancer in the future.
4. Limits production of ATP
Annonaceous acetogenins work by inhibiting the production of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) and NADH. ATP transports the energy needed by different organs through the cells. Rapid ATP movement causes rapid movement of the cells and this may lead to internal damage or escalated growth of cancerous tumor. Disturbance in metabolism and other cells function in patients under cancer medication may lead to the development of allergic reactions, such as resistance to medicines. Acetogenin bullatacin found in graviola works to stop the production of ATP and NADH
5. Protects the immune system
Soursop is known to kill certain cancer cells of the liver, which cannot be destroyed through chemotherapy. Cancer and its treatment, like chemotherapy, results in weak immune system. At such times, patients are more likely to catch infections. Graviola contains Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant vitamin that helps protects the immune system during chemotherapy by preventing it from getting harmed by the effects of chemotherapy. It also helps prevent infections like cough, urinary tract infection and cold.
Being a healthy citrus fruit, there are many benefits of consuming graviola. However, cancer patients are advised to consult a heath care provider before opting for this fruit. The doctor will explain the best way to use graviola for sufficient benefits.