Are soursop and cancer cure related? What is soursop? Cancer cure studies have shown that this miraculous plant may be helpful in treating cancer. Read on to know all about soursop and cancer cure…

Soursop and Cancer Cure
The soursop, also known as Graviola, is a broadleaf flowering evergreen tree that is native to parts of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the northern portion of South America. Soursop is also native to the sub-Saharan Africa countries that lie within the range of the tropics. Nowadays, Graviola tree is also grown in some parts of south-east Asia. The reason why this plant has managed to garner so much publicity is because it has been claimed that soursop and cancer cure are related. It is only now that the world has come to know of the benefits of soursop. Cancer cure has always been a huge topic of research the world over, and soursop has said to be a breakthrough in this field. Given below are details regarding soursop and cancer cure. .

Although it is yet to be finalized on how and whether soursop and cancer cure are actually related or not, there have been studies conducted to validate this claim. Studies to check for Graviola effect on cancer cells began sometime around the 1970’s. It was the National Cancer Institute that performed the first ever scientific research on the possibility of soursop cancer cure in 1976. The results showed that Graviola’s ‘leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.’ Furthermore, it has been claimed that since that year, Graviola was proven to be a potent killer of cancer cells in over twenty different laboratory tests and studies that were undertaken.

A study that was published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study that was conducted at Catholic University of South Korea, stated that a certain chemical that is found in Graviola can selectively kill colon cancer cells at almost ‘ten thousand times the potency of Adriamycin’. (Adriamycin is the drug that is commonly used as a part of chemotherapy). Another interesting fact regarding the healing power of soursop is that Graviola selectively targeted only the harmful cancer cells, while leaving the healthy cells of the body untouched.

Thus, unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately kills all cells (especially the superficial ones, like hair cells) in the affected region, Graviola does not harm the healthy cells. It also spares the person of the side effects of chemotherapy like severe nausea, hair loss, weight loss and deforming skin changes.

Some studies even claim that soursop can target and help in treating nearly twelve different types of cancer, including colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. It is also claimed that during the course of chemotherapy, Graviola manages to protect the immune system by preventing it from getting harmed due to the effects of chemotherapy.

This was all about soursop and cancer cure. Being a healthy citrus fruit, there are many benefits of soursop. Cancer cures may or may not be one of those benefits but in the end, the fact is that chemotherapy and radiation can only do so much to help in treating cancer and not curing it. Hence, any natural way of, if not curing, at least mitigating the effects or slowing down the progress of cancer are always welcome. However, one needs to be wary of taking in excess of Graviola in the name of alternative cancer treatment. This is because it has been seen that in some people, especially when taken in excess amounts, soursop can lead to neurological damage that closely resembles Parkinson’s disease. Hence, it is always best to consult your oncologist or health care provider before trying out this supposed natural remedy for cancer.

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By Dr. Sumaiya Khan
Published: 5/29/2010