Cancer is one of the leading strenuous diseases known today and its effects are devastating. There are various methods to treat cancer, most of which cause many cancer patients to feel weakened by the fight. Since cancer was discovered, there have been numerous studies about it in a bid to look for improved ways to deal with it and researchers have learnt of a plant that kills cancerous cells.
The name of the tropical plant that fights cancer is Annona muricata, soursop or guananbaba. The plant is found in the Central and Southern parts of America and has for the last three centuries been used for healing. Its roots, bark, leaves, and fruits were commonly used as sedatives by the people of those regions and its usage has evolved to tackle other health conditions like; arthritis, liver problems, fevers, asthma, heart complaints, parasites in the human body, and diarrhea.
The Graviola fruit is green, irregular in shape with blunt spikes and holds a creamy white pulp and black seeds in it. It has a delicious tropical flavor and is eaten fresh or made into shakes, smoothies, and other foods or beverages. The leaves and the barks of the wild soursop trees are dried to make Graviola tea or boiled to extract its medicinal compounds.
The Graviola plant was first clinically researched in 1976. The tests involved the examination of Graviola extracts on the cancerous cells of a pancreas, prostate, and lung and the outcome as the elimination of those cancerous cells. The tests were carried out in test tubes and were not concluded because they were not done on humans or animals. The reaction of the Graviola extract on the cancerous cells was seen to be ten thousand times better than that of Adriamycin, a common chemotherapy drug.
During the test, the Graviola plant did not affect any other parts of the specimen used except the cancerous cells. This made it stand out because many cancer drugs used usually deteriorate even the condition of the healthy cells in a human being. It was preferred over chemotherapy as well because it chemo causes hair loss and nausea in cancer patients, something inexistent with Graviola. However, Graviola is still under study to check its safety in human beings before being marketed as a cure for cancer, and people cannot wait for it to be approved.
Annona squamosa, also known as the custard apple or sweetsop is a relative of the Graviola and contains healing properties as well. It is known to tackle health conditions such as cancer, malaria, diabetes, hyperglycemia, and parasites. However, sweetsop does not have properties that help to deal with diarrhea, anxiety, and wounds like graviola. It is particularly strong with anti-diabetes properties and it controls diabetes in pregnant mother to restrain the chances of birth with defects.