Why you'll be wild about Soursop too!
By Lainie “Sevante” Wulkan
Soursop originated in Central and South American as well as the Caribbean. It grows very well in Hawaii and has been incorporated there into many recipes. Completely hard to describe its taste, but imagine a blend of pineapple, with its tart and sour notes (hence the name) as well as infusions of strawberry and apple. It’s as unique tasting as it is looking. From the outside it looks rather ominous with its rough exterior. Yet, inside it exhibits a whole new feel and taste. In the states, you can get it fresh, particularly in Florida. Other parts may find it in the International or Cultural sections of the supermarket, mostly in the freezer section under its other known names, Graviola (Annona muricata), Guanabana, Custard Apple and Brazilian Paw Paw.
The National Institute of Health published a study indicating that Soursop has over 212 phytochemical ingredients in graviola extracts prepared from different plant parts. The specific bioactive constituents responsible for the major anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and other health benefits of graviola include different classes of annonaceous acetogenins, alkaloids, flavonoids, sterols, and others. If the scientific terms throw ya, don’t let it. If you looked up all these different aspects in your body, you’d see that these components all are working to make your body better and apparently, soursop has proven its merit in that regard.
Fortunately, Soursop assists other ailments as well. Another study showed that soursop (aka A.muricata's) activities were shown to include anticancer (25%), antiulcer (17%), antidiabetic (14%), antiprotozoal (10%), antidiarrhea (8%), antibacterial (8%), antiviral (8%), antihypertensive (6%), and wound healing (4%)
.When it comes to inflammation in the body, the first mode of defense is to reduce the free radicals which are unstable atoms that damage cells and cause disease and aging. Many avenues cause free radicals. But, one of the best crushers of free radiacals are increasing your antioxidants. Fortunately one of many studies have found that soursop reduces oxidative stress too.
Lastly, one of the other major challenges facing many today is brain health – ie Alzheimers , Dementia and other forms of memory loss such as amnesia. Soursop was studied and once again showed promise which is a huge plus for this major concern afflicting nearly 6 million Americans with Alzheimers alone and a whopping 24 million worldwide.
If you are ready to give this miracle fruit a try, below are some suggestions to start your journey of utilizing food as medicine. As the iconic Greek Physician Hippocrates has said (nearly 2000 years ago in year 440 BC) “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I believe the time has come to take a notice of these foods that Mother Nature has so gracefully provided and start living off the and as intended, naturally and ethically.
Smoothies - Nourishing Wisdom Beyond the Blend - 33 plantbased recipes that include soursop.
The Food Healing Oracle Deck, Vol I - 60 cards and guidebook with healing wisdom and nutritional information.
Soursop Super Food Protein Powder found at my Nourished by Nature FB group - Ingredients: Ingredients: Milled Flax seeds, Hemp Protein, Wheat Grass, Korean Ginseng, Jamaican Noni, Ginkgo leaf, Chile Pomegranates, Sarsaparilla, Indian Goose berry), Spirulina, Ginger root, Goji (wolfberry), Acai Berry, Maca and Soursop leaf extract, and dry Irish Sea moss.
Organic Soursop Tea - Premium - Handmade Soursop Graviola 40 Tea Bags, Pure, Organic, Non-Gmo, Made With Natural Materials- Corn Fiber Tea Bag, Made Of 100% Soursop Leaf, No Sugar, No Caffeine, Gluten Free
NILO Soursop Juice | 100% Real Guanabana Soursop Graviola | NO Sugar added | NOT From Concentrate | 10.8 oz (Pack of 12)
This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. While there is promising research currently evaluating soursop and other similar products, we are sharing collective wisdom researched thus far.
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Lainie “Sevante” Wulkan is the Co-Author of The Food Healing Oracle Deck® - Nourishing Wisdom from Mother Earth series which brings a bridge of Spirit & Science in seeing food in an entirely new light for emotional, mental, physical and spiritual (EMPS) wellness. She is also the Co-Author of Smoothies – Nourishing Wisdom Beyond the Blend! A 33-recipe book inspired from the teaching from The Food Healing Oracle Deck, Vol. I. She is also Host of the Nourish Your Soul Show on the HealthyLife.Net Network. She teaches classes on a variety of food and spirtual topics related to mind, body and spirit wellness. Sevante is a 4th generation intuitive, an Advanced Food Healing Instructor and holds a degree in Food Science from California State University Northridge’s renowned Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics. Through classes and 1:1 healing sessions, she focuses her energy on showing people how to see food differently and how Mother Nature has provided clues all along in our foods to feed the body temple and nourish our mind, body and spirit.