HEALTH BENEFITS OF SASALAPA aka SOURSOP or GRAVIOLA
Sasalapa or Soursop is a tropical fruit that you can find in Samoa and other Pacific Islands, parts of South America and even in Florida.
The taste of soursop fruit is a delicious combo of strawberry and pineapple and is most commonly eaten by cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. The soft pulp and flesh of the fruit can be used in drinks, desserts, smoothies and even candy.
Actually the entire tree including the leaves, the bark and even the root has been used to cure a number of ailments.
Along with the yummy flavour making this a popular fruit, the rich vitamin and nutrient content of the fruit makes it really beneficial to your health. Check out the health benefits below -
Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful compounds called free radicals, which can cause damage to cells. Studies show that soursop is high in antioxidants, which may help prevent cell damage and could lower the risk of chronic disease.
HELPS KILL CANCER CELLS
Extensive research has been done on the unique organic compounds of soursop and it has been widely studied as an alternative way of reducing the risk of cancer. It has been found to stop the growth and formation of cancer cells when a study looked at the effects of soursop extract on leukemia cells. In breast cancer cells it was able to reduce tumour size, kill off cancer cells and enhance the activity of the immune system.
HELPS FIGHT BACTERIA
Soursop is able to effectively kill off multiple types of bacteria, including strains that cause gingivitis, tooth decay and yeast infections.
Protecting the immune system is one of the most important components of a healthy diet and fitness regime. Adding a bit of soursop fruit to your diet, either through refreshing beverages or desserts, can positively impact your overall health. It's rich in Vitamin C which stimulates the production of white blood cells.
IMPROVES GASTROINTESTINAL HEALTH
The juice of the soursop fruit can be a very effective diuretic as it can cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and remove excess toxins and salts from the body. It's anti-inflammatory components can reduce parasites in the gut and alleviate and pain or irritation in the stomach and colon.
MAY HELP STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Although more research on humans is needed, findings suggest that soursop can be more beneficial for those with diabetes when paired with a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
In terms of pain relief, soursop has been topically applied to wouds and injuries for generations but also works internally to relieve pain and speed healing. The sedative and anti-inflammatory aspects of this impressive tropical fruit makes it an ideal solution for all types of body pain both inside and out.
SOURSOP LEAVES -
Treats gout, soothes back pain, relieves stress, treats insomnia, deals with depression and more ...
Check out the recipes & instructions for using the leaves to treat the above in this video here: