Graviola, also known as Soursop or Brazilian paw paw, is the fruit of the Annona muricata evergreen tree. Native to tropical areas of Central and South America, it serves a dietary supplement used to treat many conditions.
Graviola is hailed as a wonder herb. Its popularity as a natural remedy for viruses, pain relief, and even some types of cancer is gaining ground. Keep reading to learn if research backs the hype.
Potential health benefits
Research suggests that graviola has a number of health benefits:
It has antioxidant properties
Graviola fruit cut open
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Graviola may have a number of antioxidant properties.
Antioxidants keep cells healthy by hunting disease-causing free radicals in the body and destroying them.
According to a 2014 study, graviola extract has many compounds with antioxidant abilities.
Antioxidants help people stay healthy overall. More research is needed to determine if graviola’s antioxidants prevent specific diseases.
It has anti-inflammatory properties
It may help lower blood sugar
It may help lower blood pressure
Graviola is often used as a folk remedy to lower blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure may increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
It may help prevent ulcers
Ulcers are painful sores that develop in the stomach lining, esophagus, or small intestine.
It may help treat herpes
Herpes is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It may appear on the genitals or mouth.
Graviola is considered an alternative treatment for herpes, but the supporting evidence is still coming in.
It may be anticancerous
It also increased T cells. T cells are lymphocytes in the body that kill cancer cells and other damaged cells.