Sour-sop is a wonder-working fruit found in the tropical regions of the world. Around the world, it is known with different names such as Graviola, Brazilianawpaw, custard apple, etc. It has a green-colored exterior with pines all over it. The interior contains the creamy flesh which is intermixed with thick black seeds. The delicious fruit in recent times has been popular for its health benefits. As a matter of fact, it is a wholly beneficial fruit in the sense that every part of it has medicinal properties – the roots, barks, stems, leaves, the pulp and the seeds. The fruit itself is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
Below are some of the reasons to fall in love with Sour-sop:
The sour-sop fruit has been traditionally used as a sedative- used in treating insomnia and nervous disorders.
2. Energy Giving:
The fruit is high in carbohydrates, contains a high amount of fructose.
It largely contains vitamins C, B 1 , and B 2 which boosts immunity and ensures a healthy body system.
Sour-sop is a mineral packed fruit as it is discovered to contain such minerals as:
- Calcium – teeth and bone formation
- Magnesium – helps in stabilizing the blood pressure and improves heart health
- Zinc – for respiratory conditions, Malaria prevention and in helps in impaired visual conditions (Macular degeneration)
- Potassium – corrects eating disorders and helps in heart and kidney health.
- Phosphorous – bone mineralization and dental health.
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Sour-sop juice helps in the treatment of urinary infections and liver problems. The fruit contains antioxidants that fight against free radicals.
The fibre content helps in indigestion(dyspepsia) and peptic ulcer conditions. It can also serve as a laxative especially in cases of constipation. As a traditional remedy it has been used to repel parasites and for the treatment of stomach disorders.
7. Healthy Skin:
When mashed, the leaves are used to ease skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Sour-sop contracts the skin pores, makes the skin radiant and contains anti-aging properties.
8. Fights Cancer:
Sour-sop contains phytochemicals which fight against cancers. It is believed that the fruit does more wonders than chemotherapy does. For instance, while chemotherapy affects both normal and cancerous cells, the fruit only destroys the cancer cells.
9. Anti-inflammatory & Analgesic Properties:
Thus they help in rheumatism and ulcer conditions and also serve as a remedy for feverish and cold (flu) conditions.
For lactating mothers, it helps to increase he flow of breast milk.