15 health benefits of soursop leaves tea…dried soursop leaves benefits.
Soursop is a fruit whose Scientific name is Annona muricata, but it also goes by the name GUANABANA, GUYABANO, PAW-PAW, SIRSAK, SASALAPA, and GRAVIOLA. In Sri Lanka, it is called as “Katu Anodha”.
Scentific Name: Annona Muricata
Kingdom : Plantae
Order : Magnoliales
Family : Annonaceae
Genus : Annona
Soursop is a member of the Annonaceae family. It is a fruit, which grows on trees, is large and oval-shaped. It is green on the outside and has spikes and has fibrous white flesh with seeds. They grow up to about 8 inches.
Soursop and soursop leaves are used in traditional medicine, and it has been used to treat a wide range of health conditions. With its strong nutrient profile, it provides a variety of health benefits.
It is rich in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant, boosts the immune system. Researches have found it has anti-cancer properties and anti-hypertensive properties.
Here are the benefits of soursop leaves you should know… I wanted to write on 15 but I ended writing on about 19 health benefits of soursop leaves tea.
15 health benefits of soursop leaves tea
What are the benefits of drinking boiled soursop leaves?
1. Treats cancer
Soursop leaves has Cytotoxic effects on cancer the same compounds found in Chemotherapy and Radiation. It’s effective at killing cancer sells. Acetogenins (acg’s) a phytochemicals compound found in the leaf and seed of Soursop have shown in clinicals to kill several cancer types including breast cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Colorectal, Liver and Lung.
2. Treats inflammation
Incidently the soursop leafs have been widely used for the treatment of inflammation and oxidative streas. It’s known for it’s anti oxidant and anti inflammation properties. The leafs are normally boiled into a tea and consumed for its medicinal benefits.
3. Boost sperm count, sperm quality and promote production of healthy sperm
Soursop Fruit Extract (SFE) have been reported to have mitigated the caffeine-induced toxicity on weight of testes and epididymis, sperm motility, sperm count and sperm head abnormality in the mammalian model.
4. Treats chronic diseases
The soursop fruit or graviola tree leaves also use to treat stomach ailments, fever, gout, chronic kidney disease undergoing hemodialysis, parasitic infections, hypertension and rheumatism.
5. Aids muscle function
Graviola leaves contains Potassium and Calcium, both of which contribute to the maintenance of normal muscle function💪
6. Regulates and controls blood sugar… Good for diabetics
Is soursop good for diabetes? Certain ingredients in soursop leaves 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.
7. Boost the immune system
Vitamin B1, Zinc and selenium found in sour soup leaves can give the immune system ahuge boost and helps prevent infection especially in this era of coronavirus pandemic.
8. Soursop leaves is good for treating diarrhoea
The selenium and Zinc found in soursop leaves helps promote gut health and prevents diarrhoea. Soursop leaves tea is a good probiotic.
9. Contributes to Energy levels
Soursop leaves tea contains Vitamins B1 and B2, and Magnesium, each of which contribute to normal energy levels and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
10. Soursop leaves tea is good for the kidneys
The juice of the soursop fruit and leaves can be a very effective diuretic as it can cleanse the kindeys and remove excess toxins and salts from the body.
11. Fights off bacteria infection.
Tea from soursop leaves is able to effectively kill off multiple types of bacteria, including strains that can cause gingivitis, tooth decay and yeast infections.
12. Antioxidant properties
Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize harmful compounds called free oxygen radicals, which can cause damage to cells, causes chronic diseases like rheumatism and hasten aging. Studies show that soursop and soursop leaves is high in antioxidants, which may help prevent cell damage and could lower the risk of chronic diseases.
13. Controls Parasites
In some places where soursop is popular, people hardly comes down with parasitic infections. These places tend to be rural or undeveloped. In developed areas, parasitic infections can happen in travelers and immigrants with weakened immune systems.
In the United States, common parasitic conditions include pinworms, the protozoa that create the sexually transmitted disease trichomoniasis, toxoplasmosis, usually caused by contact with cat feces or contaminated food, and gastrointestinal infections like giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis.
Typically, the treatment for parasitic infections involves soursop tea. You can brew the tea using the leaves of soursop. Add two whole leaves to water and let them simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Remove the leaves from the brew before serving. The short brewing time gives you enough flavor and soursop concentration to cleanse your gut of parasitic worms and restore your gastrointestinal system to optimal function.
14. Soursop leaves and the skin
Soursop fruit and its leaves treats skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
15. Weight loss
Drinking a daily cup of soursop leaves tea helps to burn calories and reduce body fat and weight.
16. Soursop leaves and fertility + ovulation
I have already talked about how soursop leaves tea helps boost male fertility… In women who drink soursop leaves tea, it will help boost their ovulation and regularises their menstruation. The combination of guava leaves and soursop leaves actually help boost fertility and ovulation. Guyabano leaves are fertility booster.
17. Soursop leaves and fibroid treatment
It is believed that ladies who take soursop leaves morning and evening will notice the shrinking of their fibroid size or mass in 3 months. Guyabano leaves is believed to shrink myoma. The truth is, there is not scientific evidence for this claim.
18. Pregnancy prevention
Can soursop leaves prevent pregnancy? No. Beliefs that drinking soursop leaves tea after unprotected sex will prevent pregnancy are not factual and should be ignored. Soursop leaves tea has no contraceptive properties, and cannot prevent pregnancy.
19. Treats constipation
Drinking soursop leaves tea helps treats constipation by promoting bowel movement. Soursop tea makes you poop.
20. Soursop leaves tea for sleep
A cup of soursop tea with cinnamon or honey taken before bed promotes sleep and treats insomnia.
21. Soursop and menstruation
Soursop tea is antispasmodic making it a suitable herbal tea that relieves menstrual cramps. Soursop leaves tea also helps ease menstrual flow. Women who taken taken soursop leaves may experience delayed onset of menopause.
22. Soursop and thyroid health
Is soursop good for thyroid? Soursop leaves is believed to help treat thyroid diseases like thyroiditis, goitre, graves disease etc…but it is better to see a doctor for better clinical assessment.
Dosage: How often should you drink soursop tea?
A cup of soursop leaves tea daily for one week is just OK. Don’t take too much…moderation please.
Soursop leaves and pregnancy
Can I drink soursop tea during pregnancy? No please… Drinking soursop leaves tea while pregnant may cause miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and congenital birth defects. Soursoup leaves tea can cause uterine contractions.
How often should you drink soursop tea?
You can take a cup of soursop tea daily for month….to get maximal result.
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