29 April 2016
Soursop or Graviola also locally known as sharpsharp due to its prickly skin, is indeed amongst the power house fruits for its enormous benefits. It is made up of a green spiky skin and a whitish inner pulp. It has a delicious sour feel when consumed and is also used for smoothies, ice cream flavours, e.t.c, and it is commonly cultivated in the tropical areas of southern Nigeria, amongst other nations. It contains nutrients such as calcium, minerals, various vitamins, fiber, amino acid, acetogenins, iron, riboflavin, phosphorus, thiamine, carbohydrates and niacin. The leaf of this extra ordinary fruit is not left out. It contains several compounds including protein, calcium, fructose, fat, vitamin A and vitamin B.
According to researchers and medical practitioners, its health benefits include:
- The soursop is a very strong anti-cancer agent. It also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy
- The soursop can serve as a remedy for liver disorders and the inflammation of the urethra.
- It helps cure migraine headaches
- It prevents blood deficiency due to its abundance of iron.
- Provides relief from joint and back pains as well as rheumatism.
- Helps maintain strong and healthy bones
- Boosts the immune system and prevents infections
- Maintains skin moisture
- Drives out bad cholesterol
- The leaf can be decocted and is effective for gall bladder trouble, coughs, catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, indigestion, stomach distress, head lice and bedbugs
- The decoction is also used as compression for inflammation and swollen feet.
- It is also used to prevent diabetes by maintaining and lowering blood sugar levels
- The root bark can be used as antidote for poisoning.
- The mashed fresh leaves can be applied on skin to treat eczema and other skin diseases
- The seeds have emetic attributes and can be used in the treatment of vomiting.