Can Graviola cure cancer: A fact or myth?

A recent post about the Graviola Tree fruit and its cancer-curing benefits has been doing the rounds on Facebook. The post claims that it is a miraculous natural cancer killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemotherapy.

We took out some time and researched the actual facts for empowering our readers with the correct knowledge.

It is a fact that soursop (Graviola fruit) has certain health benefits, attributed to its anti-parasitic, anti-microbial and anti-depressive properties, and recent studies have shown that it MAY have chemotherapeutic potential, but the part of the message saying it is natural cancer cell killer, 10,000 times stronger than Chemotherapy, is not a validated statement.

In India, it is generally known as shul-ram-fal and hanuman fal, and as mullaatha in Malayalam. The bark, leaves, root, and fruits of this tree are used for traditional remedies in many countries. Graviola extracts are used for treating infections of viruses or parasites, rheumatism, arthritis, diarrhea, dysentery, depression and sickness.

The whole idea about Soursop fighting cancer came after a researcher at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The research concluded that the active components of the tree are unique phytochemical substances known as annonaceous acetogenins, which MAY have chemotherapeutic potential, especially with regard to multidrug-resistant cancer cells. But these tests were only confined to test tubes, no large-scale clinical trials were conducted on humans to determine the safety and efficacy of Graviola for treating cancer. Therefore, there is no significant evidence to show that Soursop works as a cure for cancer.

Studies even show that use of Soursop can have certain adverse effects in some people, especially movement disorders and nerve damage which is due to the very high concentration of annonacin. Graviola also has few other side effects like lowering the blood pressure, so it should be avoided by people with low blood pressure or heart complications. The antimicrobial properties of Soursop can also kill beneficial bacteria on the skin and gut, which can lead to infections in long-term use.

One can find thousands of websites online selling it as a miracle fruit. We advise our readers not to believe them blindly but consult a doctor or oncologist before using it. know the benefits of antioxidant-rich fruits.