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7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOURSOP LEAVES
Many of us are familiar with soursop as a fruit. Regardless of the taste of the delicious fruit, it turns out the leaves also provide benefits.
Soursop is a native plant found in part of African, South African, and Southeast Asian region. The scientific name is known as Annonamuricata or commonly known as guanabana. Soursop contains an active compound called annonaceous acetogenins. This active compound is considered to be part of the type of plant compound (phytochemical).
Many are more familiar with the sour and sweet taste of the fruit, but mind you that even soursop leaves contain incredible healing property that you may never hear before.
Health benefits of Soursop leaves is not only that it is a cure for many diseases but also contain a great source of the nutrient. Among many of the nutrient, the leaf of Annona muricata contains high levels of iron, potassium, calcium, vitamins A, vitamins B, and vitamins C, gentilic acid, annonacin, annocatalin, and also anonol that serve as a natural enhancer of our body immune’s system.
BENEFITS OF THE SOURSOP LEAVES
The soursop leaves have a lot of health benefits both traditional and orthodox wise. We would be discussing a few of them.
Soursop Leaves Can Potentially Cure Your Cancer
We know that cancer remains the elusive disease dubbed by modern science as a disease without a cure. The existing treatment used invasive methods that destruct not only the cancerous cell but also impact the healthy cells. On top of extremely the highly expensive cost of the procedure of chemotherapy, chemotherapy actually could spread the risk of cancer cell spreading as reported by Independent. The sound alternative is needed to offer a patient with a safer option. One of the worthy alternatives is by consuming soursop leaves extract.
Laboratory studies suggest that soursop extract can target and kill types of liver and cancer that can not be targeted by chemotherapy drugs. While there is no study that test the soursop leaves potential on the human subject yet, many people already experiencing its benefit through alternative medicine.
A lot of testimonies are suggesting that the use of soursop leaves can reduce cancer cell by as much as 1 inch only after a short period of use. The active component inside the soursop leaves performs stronger in attacking a certain type of cancer compared to traditional chemotherapy minus all the bad side effect from chemo. Soursop leaves can treat many types of cancer.
Consuming soursop leaves for example by boiling them and drink the water significantly improve the metabolic condition of the body and makes it difficult for the cancer cell to grow inside our body. This effect is due to the rich content of active ingredient and also other content such as protein, calcium, vitamins, etc.
Treat Virus and Bacterial Infection
Soursop leaves contain rich antivirus and antibacterial substances that serve as a natural way to kill and prevent bad bacteria and virus to grow inside our body. Therefore, soursop leaves can be used as a natural antiseptic used to treat wounds or any other situation that is caused by bacteria and virus.
One of the most dangerous diseases caused by a virus is flu and even AIDS. Soursop leaves’ rich nutrients content allows the body immune system to be increased and will help us defend against dangerous virus attack.
Bacteria and virus infection can cause a very damaging disease from diarrhea, fever, to amputation due to infection. That is why it is important that we know a potent anti-bacterial agent that can be found easily in nature and with no side effect. Luckily for us, soursop leaf is one of that alternative that can help us treat and cure a bacterial infection.
The way to use soursop leaves is by boiling a handful of soursop leaves in 2 to 3 cups of water for 10 to 30 minutes. After the temperature of the water is down and safe, apply the water as you would apply antiseptic on the part of the body requiring sterilization.
Heal Rheumatism and Gout
Rheumatism affects a lot of people mainly senior citizens. It can cause very severe and lasting pain and interfere with the quality of life among elderly people. The application of soursop leaves directly on the area affected by rheumatic pain can significantly reduce the pain severity felt by the patient.
The active compound inside the leave will serve as a pain killer and analgesic that soothe the patient. Once the soursop leaves are regularly applied, the swelling on joints will also be reduced as the anti-inflammatory substances coupled with sedative heal the swollen part of your body.
A gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden and severe pain attack and redness on the joint. Gout is more easily found among women after underwent menopause. The cause is a metabolic imbalance that results in excessive uric acid. The research found that soursop leaves are a proven alternative medication that can be used as a natural way to cure and treat gout.
Similar to the application of soursop leaves as an antiseptic that is by boiling a handful of leaves into 2 to 3 cups of water for 10 to 30 minutes and apply them in affected area once the temperature is cool enough. The discomfort and any other pain will be gone after several uses.
Heal Your Diabetes
The role of soursop leaves in a diabetic patient is clear. Soursop leaves help stabilize glucose level and maintain the glucose level in the range of 70 to 100 or 70 to 120 mg/dl which is considered normal range. Moreover, a lot of diabetes-related diseases such as amputation is caused because of untreated infection. Wound in diabetic patient is harder to be healed because of high-glucose content.
The way soursop leaves treat them are two prongs: one, the soursop leaves lower general glucose level and two, soursop leaves prevent infection by boosting the immune system. As a conclusion, soursop leaves are one of the best natural medicine to treat and manage diabetes.
Improve General Health Including Beauty
Besides serving as general way to improve immune system and repair many critical aspects of one’s health for example: soursop leaves are excellent to replace dying blood cell because of rich iron content, soursop leaves also serve as a natural way to improve the appearance because of its effect on skins, hair, and personal hygiene.
First of all, soursop leaves contain a high number of vitamins including vitamins A and C. These vitamins serve as an anti-oxidant and anti-aging component that helps cleanse our body from toxic free radicals that are dangerous for our health as well as damaging for our appearance. Free radicals could cause wrinkles and heavy pigmentation that would alter your appearance. Additionally, the anti-bacterial content within soursop leaves helps sterilize and keep your skins clean and shining.
Washing our hair using soursop leaves water helps protect the health of our hair. If you have a problem with ticks or lice in your hair, the active content in soursop leaves could help inhibit the growth of those ticks or lice.
Soursop Leaves Heals Ulcer
Bacteria can cause ulcers and severe infections. Ulcer is painful sores that develop commonly on mouth and gums and inside the digestive system including small intestine (especially duodenum) or in the esophagus. The area affected by ulcers is swollen due to our body system trying to fight the bad germs inside the ulcer.
Ulcers are not only painful but also causing a lot of discomforts. Soursop leaves are excellent remedies for ulcer because the substances within soursop leaves reduce inflammation and also act as a pain killer. Additionally, soursop leaves to improve our immune system. So that the usual slow healing process of ulcer can be shortened due to an active immune system.
Helps Treat Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety is one of the causes that affect the mental health of many people in this modern era. The reason why soursop leaves could help contribute in easing the symptoms of anxiety and depression is that because soursop leaves have been used by many cultures in South East Asia and South America to help regulate mood and state of mind. The easiest way to use soursop leaves as therapeutic tools is by infusing it in a tea or any other drink. The aromatherapy characteristic in soursop leaves helps relax the mind and allow us to achieve mind calmness.
The more potent way soursop leaves heal the mind is by infusing torrent of antioxidants into our body. Also, help cleanse out toxic that stay inside the brain. The main cause of anxiety and depression is the damage inside our head nerve structure.
Moreover, the usage of soursop leaves does not bring any side effect at all, unlike artificial modern medication. It is time for us to take full advantage of these nature-given remedies to improve our quality of life.
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