Graviola (Annona muricata), also known as Soursop, is a small evergreen tree with many bioactive compounds, that is native to the Amazon Rainforest and other tropical areas of the Americas. It produces a large, heart-shaped edible fruit which is yellow-green in colour, with white flesh. In Brazil, the juice is a popular drink known as Guanábana.
Although it’s only recently become popular in the West, Graviola has a long history in ancient herbal remedies and treatments, with the leaf, stem, root, bark and seed all being used traditionally. Since the ancient times, it has become known that Graviola is rich in vitamins and minerals, all which contribute to the health benefits it provides:
Source of antioxidants
Not only does Graviola contain a bounty of vitamins and minerals, but the stem, bark and leaves are rich in antioxidants, which help the body fight against free radical damage to cells.
May regulate blood glucose
Certain ingredients in Graviola include phytochemicals, which may help to regulate blood glucose levels and prevent spikes. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level is important because it can help protect the vessels that supply blood to important organs, such as the heart.
Contributes to energy levels
Graviola contains Vitamins B1 and B2, and Magnesium, each of which contribute to normal energy levels and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. If you’re flagging, they’re a much healthier alternative to unnatural sources of caffeine (e.g. energy drinks). You can find out more about how to stay alert naturally here.
Helps support the immune system
A healthy immune system is essential for helping the body to fight any nasties and keep illnesses at bay. Vitamin B1 and Zinc (both of which can be found in Graviola) can give the immune system a helping hand.
Assists muscle function
The number of muscles in the human body can range anywhere between 640 to 850 – that’s a lot of muscles to support! We use our muscles all the time, even when we don’t know it, so making sure they have the support they need is essential. Graviola contains Potassium and Calcium, both of which contribute to the maintenance of normal muscle function.
Fruit vs Leaf
Whilst all parts of the plant offer significant health benefits, those found in the fruit and the leaf differ slightly. As a rule of thumb, Graviola fruit is said to be high in vitamins and minerals, and beneficial for bone health. Keep an eye out for vegicaps containing powder extract from the concentrated juice of the Graviola fruit.
Graviola leaf is said to be high in antioxidants. It may also help contribute to the reduction of inflammation and free radicals. Why not try vegicaps containing pure powdered Graviola leaf and stem, or unbleached teabags containing pure shredded Graviola leaf?