Unfortunately cancer created problems for many people in some way – some have or had cancer, some survived cancer, some have passed from cancer and some suffer with dear ones who suffer from cancer. Subjects of cancer treatment and cancer survival are discussed for last decade very seriously. Thanks to modern medicine the cancer survival rate is growing. The search for alternative cures and treatments has been ongoing for many years. The huge knowledge and experience also was collected and distributed by cancer survival people. Many cancer survivals share information about natural anticancer remedies.
One of most recommended anticancer remedy is soursop – small evergreen tree native to tropical regions. Soursop produces a 6-to-9 inch, heart-shaped edible fruit, yellow-green in color, with white flesh. Its leaves, fruit, seeds, and stem are used to make medicine.
Soursop contains many chemicals that may be active against cancer, as well as disease-causing agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Soursop is said to kill cancer more effectively than chemotherapy drugs and does not produce the same undesirable side effects, but may not be fully clear of any adverse effects.
The most active effective component of soursop called Annona muricata or Graviola – thought to be a type of plant compound (phytochemical) called annonaceous acetogenins.
Graviola is not just a cancer treatment, it has also displayed anti-parasitic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic and cytotoxic properties, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In some cases, Graviola has also been used as a pain killer and the results were positive.
According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC, Graviola extract proved to be effective against liver cancer and breast cancer cells.
Research done over 20 laboratory tests by one of America’s largest drug manufacturers suggests that the extracts were able to demonstrate the following:
Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug.
What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells.
Is soursop (Graviola) can be considered as the miracle treatment for cancer?
Laboratory tests and animal research demonstrates that Graviola may be an anticancer agent. Naturopath Leslie Taylor, author of “The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs,” notes that studies show Graviola has an inhibitory effect on enzyme processes in some cancer cell membranes. Graviola only affected cancer cell membranes and not those of healthy cells.
Soursop fruit’s anticancer properties have attracted the most attention. One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry in 1997 suggests that soursop compounds tested on breast cancer cells in culture were more effective than chemotherapy in destroying the cells. But, without clinical trials, there is no data to support the claim.
Unfortunately no human clinical trials have been performed yet and there is no evidence to show that Graviola works as a cure for cancer. But in laboratory studies, Graviola extracts can kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs.
Question is do we have enough time to wait until slow moving scientists would make enough studies to prove the anticancer effectiveness of soursop (Graviola) or we can use this fruit on daily basis believing that it can be effective anticancer?
Soursop and Cancer
At present time we do not support the use of Graviola for cancer treatment (instead of classical medically proved effective chemotherapy and radiotherapy) but we definitely support use of Graviola as cancer prevention, as anticancer recurrence and as supportive component during cancer treatment.
Recently I read an article of medical expert who said “Doesn’t look like it’s going to hurt, maybe it will help”.
Disclaimer: It is strongly recommended to consult your doctor for professional advice. Above mentioned information and recommendations are just general and should be adapted to each person according to personal health indicators and status.