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May 24, 2012

10 Health Benefits of Soursop

Soursop, the green fruit with the sweet, white pulp is not only known as a delicious fruit staple in the tropics, but as having health and medicinal benefits too. Native to South America and sub-Saharan parts of Africa, soursop is also cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and many parts of the Caribbean. It tends to flower and fruit on a continual basis.

The soursop’s heart-shaped, spiky exterior is not appealing in the least, but as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover, for this exotic fruit’s creamy white pulp is sweet and delicious and its health benefits ample.

While many people prefer to enjoy its sweet taste in a drink or in a creative dessert recipe such as cheesecake or ice cream, this sugary treat also has plenty of natural health benefits when eaten regularly. Some people even believe that soursop may be an effective treatment for cancer; however, there is no scientific evidence to back up those claims.


Packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, and healthy fats and carbohydrates, as well as protein, soursop fruit is also cholesterol free and low in calories, making it an ideal snack. But, be sure not to overdo it—approximately a cup a day is a sufficient amount to obtain the health benefits of this amazing fruit:

  1. A leaf decoction, or soursop leaf tea, is effective for head lice and bedbugs and also as remedy for gall bladder trouble, coughs, catarrh, dysentery, fever, and indigestion.
  2. The juice of the fruit can be taken orally as a remedy for haematuria and liver ailments.
  3. Mashed leaves are used as a poultice to alleviate eczema and other skin problems. These crushed leaves can be applied to skin eruptions and wounds to promote faster healing.
  4. The root bark is used as an antidote for poisoning.
  5. Decoction of leaves can be used as compresses for inflammation and swollen feet.
  6. Due to the levels of potassium the fruit contains, eating soursop can prevent leg cramps.
  7. Thiamin, the B vitamin that is needed in aerobic energy production is found in the fruit and helps the body produce energy.
  8. This spiky fruit contains folate, a highly-recommended B vitamin for pregnant women to take.
  9. The iron found in soursop can help prevent anemia, a condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells.
  10. Soursop can help with migraine headaches due to its riboflavin levels.

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  • Solomon Osayi says:

    Does soursop actually fight and eventually cure cancer as many claims present it? I am considering planting it so I need to be sure I’m in the right direction.

  • hevans says:

    Hi Solomon,

    Thanks for your inquiry.

    It has not been scientifically proven that soursop fights cancer. You might want to consult a physician.

  • Ester Espina says:

    My uncle has cancer for more than two years already. He did not undergo theraphy or chemo..He has been drinking the sour sop tea from leaves—and he is still alive today