Soursop, also known as Graviola, is a heart-shaped fruit that usually grows in tropical regions. Dark green when raw, this fruit becomes slightly soft and light green. It has white pulpy flesh and has a guaranteed sweet taste. The skin of the fruit may not be edible, but its flesh is highly nutritious. While the seeds can’t be consumed because of the toxins, its leaves are proven to have various benefits.
Health Benefits of Soursop Leaves
- Fights inflammation
- Treats infection
- Aids diabetic treatment
- Improves respiratory health
- Fights off parasites
- Boosts the immune system
- Controls feverish symptoms
- Treats diarrhea
- Improves hair and skin
Uses of Soursop Leaves
The extract of soursop leaves in the pharmaceutical form reduces chronic pain and associated anxiety and depression.
- Soursop tea
Graviola tea is believed by many to treat, prevent, and even cure cancer. It is because of its chemopreventative and therapeutic potentials. Furthermore, this tea is used to treat infections, coughs, herpes, and inflammations. It also has weight-loss possibilities. It can be mixed with matcha ingredients to tailor the taste and boost the health benefits of this beverage.
- Soursop Poultice
Rheumatism is a swollen and painful condition of the muscles. Besides taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), making a bandage from soursop leaves can help the affected joints and muscles. Boil several soursop leaves, mash afterward, and apply twice a day.
- Topical Form
Soursop leaves can also treat skin diseases like eczema. What’s excellent in using the soursop poultice to treat this skin problem is it doesn’t have unfavorable side effects. It also helps quickly heal wounds and injuries. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory aspect makes it an excellent solution for every type of body pains inside and out.
- Leaf Extract
Besides tackling cancer issues, soursop leaf extracts help the body achieve better health by maintaining it from various health problems.
Other Benefits of Consuming Soursop Leaves
- Treatment of Insomnia
Soursop leaves have relaxant capacity and act as a sedative, which helps in having a good sleep. As it treats insomnia and other sleeping problems, it eases the stress as well.
- Treatment of Ulcer
The anti-inflammatory properties and being a painkiller makes soursop leaves excellent remedy for ulcer. As it also boosts the immune system, it fastens the usual slow healing process of ulcers too.
- Treatment of Uric Acid
By drinking boiled soursop leaves, these can be used to cure gout issues, which results in uric acid problems.