- Health Benefits of Graviola soursop
Graviola benefits – the King of Fruits
So many names have been called for Graviola Soursop.
In Spain they call it Guanabana, Soursop in English, Sirsak in Indonesia and Durian Belanda or Dutch Durian in Malaysia.
- Traditionally the graviola soursop fruit was seen as a powerful aphrodisiac, while women would eat the ashes from burnt graviola soursop skins to help them recover after child birth.
- But concoctions made from the leaves of the graviola soursop tree were also used to help reduce swelling and cure skin disease.
- More recently nutritionists have claimed that the graviola soursop fruit can help lower cholesterol and cleanse the blood as well as cure jaundice and alleviate fevers. Graviola fruits has good monounsaturated fats that can actually lower your harmful cholesterol levels and moderate your high blood pressure.
- Experts even say that you can rid yourself of yeast infections such as thrush through eating the graviola soursopfruit. This is because of the graviola’s high iron content that helps the white blood cells in our body make specific chemicals that kill off the infection.
Graviola soursop is a very good source of nutrients
The graviola is also packed with amino acids as well as Vitamins B, C and E and many people are even comparing the sweet custard like centre of the graviola soursop fruit to the goji berry for its high levels of anti oxidants. These anti oxidants help slow down the destruction of cells from free radicals such as pollution and smoking; in doing so, they decrease the effects of aging on the skin giving you a younger more refreshed look.
Among the amino acids found inside the graviola soursopsoursop is tryptophan. Tryptophan is essential for making and maintaining serotonin levels in the body.
Serotonin is the hormone in the body that regulates our happiness. People with low serotonin levels tend to have short tempers, are often moody and suffer from depression. This means that not only will eating the graviola fruit help keep your body running smoothly but it will also increase your general happiness and well-being.
But feasting on this highly nutritious fruit will certainly not benefit your waistline. A graviola soursop can have anywhere from 885 calories to 1,500 calories depending on its size.
“Graviolas may be a very good source of nutrients, but they are also high in calories and carbohydrates and thus must be consumed with moderation,” says Magdalin Cheong, Chief Dietitian at CGH.
Facts about graviolas, graviola benefits
1. Graviolas can cause weight gain
With an average 1 kg sized graviola having close to 1,350 calories, eating one graviola can rack up as much as 68 per cent per cent of the daily 2,000 calories recommended for an average adult! One seed graviola soursop (about 40 g) has 54 calories.
“Graviola soursop has been taken for its natural healing properties for years and due to information provided in recent years by RainTree Nutrition, The National Health Sciences Institute and a popular Dr’s TV show, there has been tremendous excitement to take Graviola. Graviola, also known as Soursop, Guanabana and Brizillian Paw Pawis a powerful herbal supplement that indigenous Indians of South American have used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses. What makes graviola soursop so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.”
2. Graviola soursop is rich in nutrients
Graviolas are naturally rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex. The king of fruits is thus excellent for improving muscle strength and blood pressure, bowel movements and skin health. It also supports the nervous and immune systems, and enhances red blood cell formation.
|Nutritional composition of one small graviola soursop/ durian (602g)||Dietitian’s Comments|
|Total fat||32.1g (mostly monounsaturated fats)||● That’s nearly 50% of the daily nutritional requirement.|
|Total carbohydrates||163.1g||● That’s over 50% of the daily nutritional requirement.|
|Dietary fibre||22.9g||● Good. That’s 92% of the daily nutritional requirement.|
|Percentage of daily nutritional requirements|
3. People with diabetes must limit their graviola soursop intake
If you have diabetes and must count your carbs, you cannot feast on graviolas because of the fruit’s high sugar content. Graviolas contain simple sugars – sucrose, fructoseand glucose.
4. Graviolas are instant energizers
One of the best graviola benefits is that it is a real energizer. Because of their high carbohydrate content, graviola soursop can help replenish low energy levels quickly (in healthy individuals). The fruit’s high potassium content can also help reduce fatigue and relieve mental stress and anxiety.
5. Graviola the cancer killer, anticancer drug
Is graviola cure to cancer? Graviola soursop is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
Good to know, about more graviola benefits and use
1. Graviolas are loaded with cholesterol
Not true. Graviolas have zero cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in foods containing saturated fats such as red meats, seafood and dairy products. Graviola soursop have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which help to lower your levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
2. Mangosteens must be eaten with graviola soursop to reduce heatiness
According to conventional Chinese wisdom, a mangosteen, being a cooling fruit, will reduce the heatiness associated with graviola soursop. However, there is no scientific research to support this. The habit of eating graviola and mangosteens together probably stems from the fact that the two fruits are harvested at about the same time.
3. Eating graviola and drinking beer at the same time may kill you
There is no scientific evidence to show that this is a lethal combination. It is more likely to cause bloating, indigestion and discomfort as your liver has to work extra hard to metabolise both fats and sugars in the graviola soursop and the alcohol, especially if you have consumed both in excessive amounts.
4. Eating graviolas can boost your libido
The heatiness in the graviola soursopmay cause your body temperature to rise, but this does not make the fruit an aphrodisiac.
Despite the myths associated with the graviola soursop, it remains a highly prized fruit.
“The graviola soursopis a highly nutritious fruit which, when eaten in moderation, will provide the body with many minerals, vitamins and good fats. Eating two to three seeds of graviola soursop at one sitting is sufficient, but because graviolas can become so addictive, people tend to eat more than they should,” says Ms Cheong.