Monday, August 20, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Graviola, also known as soursop, may be a strange-looking tropical fruit, but did you know that it is a powerful superfood that can fight cancer?
Researchers from the Tepic Institute of Technology (ITT) in the state of Nayrit, Mexico were the first ones to look at the effects of graviola on cancer tumor cells. They found that the fruit contains acerogenins, which are substances that fight against cancer. Since then, the ITT researchers and researchers from all over the world have discovered excellent results regarding acetogenins in graviola. (Related: Graviola Shows Promise in Cancer Cures and Arthritis.)
According to a 2016 report published in the journal Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta, the ITT researchers found chemotherapeutic properties in graviola, which can be attributed to the presence of acetogenins and other antioxidants in the fruit. More specifically, they discovered that the acetogenins in graviola fruit are capable of encapsulating cancer tumor cells.
In a report published in 2017 in the journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, researchers from China, Italy, and Macau investigated the seven different varieties of the Annona (Annonaceae) species, which included graviola. In the study, the research team found that all seven varieties of the Annona species are sources of potential antitumor agents. The team wrote in their report that acetogenins found in Annona species are “one of the most promising classes of natural products” due to their antitumor potential.
Another joint research project from France and Portugal also confirmed the potential cancer-fighting abilities of acetogenin phytonutrients. In the study, researchers examined phytonutrients contained in Laurencia obtusa, a sea vegetable that is found in temperate to tropical ocean waters around the world, usually fairly close to shore. Based on their findings, 23 different potential compounds in the sea vegetable, including acetogenins, that could have an effect on cancer cells. In particular, the study looked at the effect of these phytonutrients on human leukemia cell lines.
In addition, researchers at the University of Mississippi found similar results when they assessed the acetogenins in graviola and its close cousin, paw paw. They also found that one way these natural antioxidants reduce and inhibit the spread of cancer tumors is by preventing the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and suppressing anaerobic cancer cell growth.
In addition to its anti-cancer properties, graviola has been known to possess antivirus and pain relieving properties. It has also been used as a dietary supplement for treating many conditions in tropical areas of Central and South America. The following are some of the potential health benefits of graviola:
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