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4 Health Benefits of Soursop | Indozone.id

INDOZONE.ID – Soursop is a small leaf tropical evergreen tree belonging to the Annonaceae family. All parts of the soursop tree have therapeutic benefits.

The fruit is used as a food snack, while other parts such as leaves, bark, roots, fruit skin, and seeds are widely used in traditional medicinal herbs to treat various diseases.

Reporting from Boldsky, according to a study, the soursop plant has around 212 phytochemicals, including alkaloids, megastigman, flavonol triglycosides, phenolics, cyclopeptides, and essential oils.

This makes it highly contributing to anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-rheumatic, antimicrobial, anticonvulsant, hepatoprotective and antidiabetic mechanisms.

Well, here are the health benefits of soursop:

1. Has anticancer properties

Soursop has anticancer properties including cytotoxicity, necrosis and inhibition of reproduction against various types of cancer such as breast, colorectal, prostate, kidney, lung, pancreas, ovary and many more.

The phytochemicals in fruit such as acetogenins are primarily responsible for decreasing cancer cell growth and prevention.

2. Treating malaria

The antiplasmodial agent in soursop leaves has a positive effect on pathogenic parasites. According to a study, soursop leaf extract showed promising antimalarial effects against two strains of Plasmodium falciparum, a protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans.

3. Treating rheumatic pain

Soursop is used as a natural remedy for rheumatism. The plant’s anti-inflammatory properties can help suppress stimuli associated with rheumatic pain and reduce edema associated with the condition.

4. Manage high blood pressure

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and kidney failure. Soursop has antihypertensive activity which can help lower cholesterol levels in the body. This can help in the management of high blood pressure and prevention of its complications.

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