Soursop is the prickly fruit that has been taken from the Graviola tree, an evergreen native to Mexico and the southern part of America. Other names for Soursop are custard apple and Guanabana. The fruit has a pH value of 7 which is reasonably alkaline. The taste of the fruit is both sour and sweet. In the rest of the article we use the term Graviola and Soursop interchangeably.
There is a plethora of medicinal uses of eating Soursop as a fruit or leaves. Here are a few examples:
- The tree leaves of Soursop can be used to treat stomach ailments, fever, parasitic infections, hypertension and rheumatism. The leaves can be eaten raw or they can be boiled with water and one can drink the extract from it.
- Drinking a Soursop tea could help in regulating one’s blood pressure thereby helping in fighting heart diseases.
- Graviola is rich in fiber which is useful in regulating bowel movements. It fights constipation and hemorrhoids.
- Being low in calories with minerals and vitamins, Graviola is an excellent food to fight cancer. A person who suffers from cancer can eat Graviola to help him fight cancerous cells instead of getting chemotherapy (always talk to your doctor first). For all others, Graviola could be used to prevent cancer.
- The root bark of Soursop is used to treat poisoning.
- Graviola could also be used topically to get rid of bed bugs and lice.
For more alkaline foods visit our alkaline food chart.