Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, tropical parts of Africa but can also be found today in the Caribbean, South American and Southeast Asia.
The fruit can be eaten and used in may ways but many people typical squeeze it into a drink. Some traditional claims are that soursop has the ability heal several diseases, including cancer.
These claims have prompted researchers to study soursop to see if it can protect against and prevent cancer.
The National Cancer Institute initially discovered the effect of soursop on cancer stating, “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Since then, over 20 independent labs studied soupsop to see if it had anti-cancer effects and came to similar conclusions:
Purdue University concluded that soursop leaves “killed cancer cells among six human cell lines”. The scientists also found soursop leaves were particularly effective against prostate and pancreatic cancers.
Another study published in the Journal of Natural Products concluded that one element found in the soursop was 10,000 times more effective than a chemotherapy drug called Adriamycin.
The Catholic University of South Korea found that not only did soupsop rid cancer cells effectively, but also didn’t effect healthy cells. This is opposite of chemotherapy, where all the cells are destroyed, both the good and the bad cells.