Also known as graviola, soursop belongs to the family of tropical fruits that are rich in properties and appealing to most people’s palates, with wide-ranging health benefits. It is consumed in its natural form, as a juice, and as a dessert. However, the pulp is often used and the leaf thrown away, not knowing the great, little-known benefits for the proper functioning of the body and even the prevention of certain diseases.
Both the fruit and the leaf contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C. The Tua Sade portal now indicates that the leaf has the following specific properties: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer, relaxing, hypotensive, healing, diuretic, and helps in the production of collagen and elastin.
In addition, it contains calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and protein. According to the Arabian Journal of Chemistry, thanks to its medicinal properties, it helps relieve fever, bacterial infections, pain, parasites, and skin diseases.
This leaf has several health benefits, including:
- Helps regulate diabetes: In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, an immediate drop in blood sugar and a reduction in high cholesterol and triglyceride levels were observed. The researchers explain that this effect is due to the fact that this leaf has a lipid-lowering effect, improves the fat profile in the blood, has antioxidant capacity, and protects the beta cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for secreting the insulin they produce.
- Has an antibacterial effect: acetogenins from plants of the Annonaceae family, e.g., B. soursop, have been added in studies for their antibacterial effects, and the leaves have actually been shown to act on cells as well as the membranes of microorganisms.
- They prevent cancer. They contain acetogenins and alkaloids, which have an effect on various types of tumors. According to a review in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, the phytochemicals you get can reduce the growth of tumor cells.
- Lowers blood pressure: In an animal study, it was observed that the effect could be due to the blocking of calcium channels, which allows the heart and arteries to relax. However, soursop juice lowers systolic blood pressure significantly.
- Prevents fluid retention: Due to its high water content, it has a diuretic effect and thus contributes to the elimination of toxins.
- Clears the chest and reduces coughing. Its consumption is beneficial for people suffering from colds and flu due to the dose of vitamin C it contains.
- Improves rheumatic pains.
- It promotes the absorption of iron and is therefore often taken medicinally to enhance the treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
- Prevents the penetration of external influences and strengthens the body’s defenses because it contains vitamin C, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.
- Relieves pain or itching that may appear on the skin and reduces inflammation: Among its benefits and medicinal uses, the treatment of eczema stands out.
How do you prepare it?
To prepare the sorrel leaf, you will need: a liter of water; 10 or 15 sorrel leaves; the juice of half a lemon; and a tablespoon of honey.
Then boil a liter of water. When the water has reached its boiling point, add the sorrel leaves. Let the fire burn for another 30 minutes. When the water has been reduced by half, the liquid must be strained. Wait for the liquid to cool. Add lemon juice and honey. Stir until ingredients are properly incorporated and consumed.