Graviola, also known as guanabana or soursop, grows on young branches in the tropics of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. It has a fleshy white pulp that’s both sweet and sour to the taste, and is a common ingredient used in fruit juice, sorbet and ice cream. Rich in vitamins B and C, graviola fruit is considered to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-diabetic and anti-cancer when eaten.
Graviola is traditionally used to heal ulcers, lower blood pressure, and kill parasites – but its highest potential might just lie it its ability to fight cancer. In a 1996 research study, a compound from the graviola was able to kill cancer cells without causing damage to healthy cells – and what’s even more impressive, it proved to be ten thousand times more potent than the common (and harmful) anti-cancer drug called andriamycin! In two other studies, one from 2011 and another from 1998, its extract was effective in destroying cancer of the pancreas, prostate, lung, colon and breast tissue. The jury is still out as far as setting a conclusion in stone, but we know that we’ll be adding this unique superfood to our diet as much as possible.