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Graviola – The Miracle Fruit

Graviola – The Miracle Fruit

Nature’s natural chemotherapy to defeat cancer

Belonging to the Annonaceae family, Graviola is a tropical tree, widespread within the tropical and subtropical forests of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Caribbean countries.

The aerial parts of Graviola are used to make various medicines that are known to be effective against the number of infections caused by- viruses, bacteria, parasites, and some cancer cells.


The soursop – sour and sweet fruit of Graviola, is widely used as food confectionaries. Whereas, the stem leaves, seeds, and roots, are used in multifarious medicine for symptoms associated with inflammation and infection, stated above.

The antioxidant properties of Graviola extracts have incredible health benefits:

  • In animal models, the extracts act as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antidiabetic, antiulcer, and antiviral agent.
  • The leaf extracts have antimicrobial activities.
  • The extracts from the leaf, fruit, and seed are known for their anticancer effects.
  • Active against breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreas, liver, colorectal and skin cancer cell lines.
  • Effective against the herpes virus.
  • Boost immune system
  • Fights infection and inflammation
  • Beneficial for diabetes treatment

Side effects – Compounds in Graviola may damage nerve cells and cause neurological side effects-movement disorders and myeloneuropathy (neuropathy that affects the myelin sheath), with symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease.

Herb-Drug Interaction 

  • Antidiabetics- Graviola shows hypoglycemic effects in a murine model, and can have additive effects with antidiabetic drugs.
  • Antihypertensives- Graviola shows hypotensive effects in a murine model, and can have additive effects with antihypertensive medications.