Ariana Marisol of writes:

Soursop is a large prickly green fruit with a delicious taste. Not only is this fruit a pleasure to the taste buds, it is also extremely healthy with many health benefits!

Soursop, also known as graviola, is covered with ridges on the outside and has a soft juicy flesh inside. It slightly resembles a custard apple and is dark green when raw, with white flesh on the inside. Its pulpy white flesh contains shiny black inedible (possibly toxic) seeds, and has a sweet yet sour taste. Due to its creamy texture, it is often used in beverages, ice creams, and other sweet foods. This fruit is commonly found in the tropics.

Soursop has always been known for its medicinal value. It contains certain natural compounds that have various beneficial medicinal properties. Recently, it has gained popularity for its ability to kill cancer cells up to 1,000 times more effectively than chemotherapy drugs. For centuries, the fruit, leaves, root, bark, and seeds have been incorporated in traditional remedies. Soursop extract is also known for its therapeutic value and can be found in certain health stores.

Health Benefits

Soursop is abundant in vitamins and minerals. Because of this, it has several health benefits. Practitioners of herbal medicine recommend soursop as a cure to various ailments ranging from stomach problems to intestinal worms.


There has been a lot of news going around about soursop being a neurotoxin that is dangerous to health. This news is false and not proven. Like many fruits and vegetables that are regularly consumed by humans, soursop does contain some toxins. Yet these toxins are in very mild quantities in the stems and leaves of the plant, posing no proven risk to humans when consumed.

The US Federal Drug Administration otherwise known as the FDA has banned the import of certain soursop juices because of this and there are many misleading articles about the danger of the fruit.

Soursop remains a healthy supplement.


Soursop leaves have proven to be effective in killing 12 types of cancer cells, preventing colon, breast, prostate, lung, and pancreatic cancer. Unlike chemotherapy, soursop leaves attack cancer cells without any side effects. A study done in 1996 found that soursop is 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy.

About the Author

Ariana Marisol is a contributing staff writer for She is an avid nature enthusiast, gardener, photographer, writer, hiker, dreamer, and lover of all things sustainable, wild, and free. Ariana strives to bring people closer to their true source, Mother Nature. She graduated The Evergreen State College with an undergraduate degree focusing on Sustainable Design and Environmental Science.

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