The Guyabano and Its Many Health Benefits

A little background

The guyabano fruit, soursop or graviola as it is called in other languages usually grows to about eight inches in length and five inches in diameter. It has thick, leathery skin and is shaped like a large mango with dull spines. This wonderful fruit might usually take about three days to ripen when placed at room temperature.

It is most abundant in the Philippines and also grows in other parts of the world. Brazil, Indonesia and other Latin American countries are examples. Their warm climate provides a suitable environment for the guyabano to thrive.

How to enjoy it

The best way to use this wonder fruit is to eat it as it is. It is available however in different forms. You can purchase it as powdered, syrup or in capsule form. To serve, simply cut it in half and remove the inside stem that runs down the middle of either side. Next, divide each half further into quarters and separate the pulp from its skin. Eat it immediately to get the best results. You can however choose to store and freeze the remaining portions for future consumption. Just make sure to remove the rest of the skin before doing so.

Why you would like to eat it

There are a wealth of benefits from eating the guyabano fruit. Listed below are some of the more commonly known:

  • Supplies iron
  • Boosts energy
  • Alleviates migraines or headaches
  • Great for digestive concerns such as constipation
  • Combats pain
  • Can help deal with fever

You might think that these health benefits are already worth the trip to the market. There are however also some positive aspects that may be received from drinking the guyabano leaves in tea form. Below are some instances where you may benefit from either.

  1. Improves the immune system

Those who would like to “get well soon” can swear by the effectiveness of drinking guyabano tea leaves. It will help alleviate the effects of your illness and attack infections. The body becomes stronger and more capable of avoiding unwanted ailments.

  1. Good source of calcium

Stronger bones and healthier teeth are definitely welcome improvements, especially for those who are getting more advanced in age. The calcium rich content of the guyabano can aid children develop firmer bones. Their active lifestyle requires all the care they could get.

3) Cancer killer

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of the guyabano or soursop is its ability to combat cancer. There have been many articles written about its potency to fight this deadly disease. It has been said that the extract coming from its bark and leaves could be ten thousand times more powerful than the anti-cancer drug, Adriamycin. More conclusive research still has to be made though there have been positive results so far. Independent reports and feedback keep others hopeful that this wonder fruit can help them as well.

4) Increase good cholesterol

Guyabano contains niacin, a B vitamin that acts to boost good cholesterol levels. It is otherwise called as high-density lipoproteins or HDL. Bad cholesterol on the other hand is known as low-density lipoproteins or LDL. This good cholesterol helps reuse the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Too much LDL blocks the arteries in our circulatory system. This could potentially lead to a stroke or a heart attack.

5) Fights diabetes

Drinking the tea from the guyabano leaves as well as eating its pulp can help regulate blood sugar levels. Those who have diabetes because they cannot produce enough insulin to regulate the glucose in their bodies can benefit from this fruit. The same goes for those who do produce enough insulin but their bodies cannot process it properly. Studies have suggested that the guyabano can indeed aid one of the functions of the pancreas, which is to maintain good blood sugar levels in the body.

Nothing to lose

There are many more benefits from the guyabano. They definitely do not end here and though there are still more studies that need to be done to have more irrefutable evidence, it certainly does not hurt to give it a try. Not only is it potentially good for you, it tastes good too.

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