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10 Health Benefits of Soursop (Guyabano)

Did you know that soursop can prevent UTI? Find out what this exotic spiky fruit is loaded with that can help prevent this infection including other health promoting goodness it has to offer.

If you haven’t tasted soursop, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Its heart-shaped green spiky exterior may probably don’t look appetizing. But when you eat its luscious creamy white flesh, your taste buds will feast on the delicious combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus notes contrasting with an underlying rich flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana. In the Philippines, it is believed to be good against internal parasites. But whether it’s effective or not, the many nutrients its loaded with has so many health promoting goodness to offer.

For every cup (225 g) of pulp, here’s how nutritious it is.

1.       Prevents UTI (Vitamin C-77% DV)

Soursop is an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient which increases the acidity level of urine, resulting in decreased number of harmful bacteria that may be present in the urinary tract. Other high vitamin C fruits include guava, kiwifruit, papaya and strawberries.

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2.       Ensures bowel regularity (Fiber-30% DV)

Before you reach for laxatives to treat your constipation, you might first want to try eating fiber-rich fruits like soursop. Avocados and papayas are also helpful. Fiber also aids in weight loss and lowers the risk of colon problems.

3.       Wards off leg cramps (Potassium-18% DV)

It contains half the potassium in bananas. Lack of potassium, together with magnesium, calcium and sodium (also known as electrolytes) in the body can cause muscle weakness and cramping.

4.       Keep water retention away (Magnesium-12% DV)

Women who experience water retention before their monthly period would benefit from the soursop’s rich magnesium content. It may help alleviate this annoying premenstrual symptom.

5.       Helps the body produce energy (Thiamin-11% DV)

Feeling a little tired? Eat soursop! It can supply the body a good amount of thiamin, the B vitamin which is needed in aerobic energy production, the process when oxygen is used to help convert sugar into usable energy.

6.       Keeps bones healthy (Copper-10% DV)

It is loaded with the trace mineral copper. Calcium contributes only about 25% to the prevention of bone loss as magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper are also equally crucial for healthy bones. Zinc and copper boost the effectiveness of vitamin D, which promotes the absorption of calcium.

7.       Boosts good cholesterol levels (Niacin-10%)

Worried about your cholesterol? Fresh fruits and veggies are the perfect choice! Soursop is a good source of niacin, a vitamin which studies show has significant benefits on levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.

8.       Prevents pregnancy complications (Folate-8% DV)

This spiky fruit contains folate. Studies have proven that folate intake during pregnancy prevents deficiency in pregnant women. A lack of this mineral during pregnancy may contribute to birth defects and pregnancy loss.

9.       Put a check on anemia (Iron-8% DV)

It can provide iron which prevents the common blood disorder anemia – a condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells. RBC is responsible for the distribution of oxygen to the body tissues, giving the body energy.

10.   Guard against migraines (Riboflavin-7% DV)

Headache? Try soursop! It has riboflavin. Several studies have shown that high riboflavin intake helps prevent migraines.

Soursop is one of the top fruits high in sugar. Eating too much may also contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease due to its very high concentration of annonacin.

* Nutrient data source: USDA

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  1. yum.. I have not heard of this fruit, perhaps they sell it at the Chinese food stores.

  2. I call the fruit ’sirsak’ (in my language) the one with many benefits.

  3. Great Post…..

    :-)

    Thanks for share.

  4. very informative.Thanks for the share!

  5. Highly informative. Nutritious!

  6. JK, i miss you! I love guyabano especially when you juice it. Makabili nga… :)

  7. Jk, so glad na dumaan ka.. great read and paborito ko yang guyabano, meron nga akong 7 hinog na fruit dito sa house.

  8. I also love guyabano. I heard it is also good for people with gastritis. :-)

  9. Nature has its way of healing the sick. Best of all its free. These are gifts from God. Thanks for sharing

  10. nice “)

  11. Good article J.K.
    A tea made from soursop leaves can be used to calm the nerves.

  12. this is one of my favorite fruit….i ate guyabano 3x a week…thanks for sharing

  13. I have been suffering from dizziness and fainty spells because of my high blood pressure…My brother from Hawaii found this medicine and came to Am. Samoa and went looking for the plant and started boiling the leaves and gave me a drink…it made me able to get better and fixed my dizzy spells also my blood pressure dropped back to normal. If you find the tree, you need 5 leaves and 3 cups of water for every 5 leaves…so 100 leaves and 60 cups of water…boil for 2 hours, drain the juice and save it in the refrigerator and drink a half cup every day or whenever you want a drink, just take a half cup of juice…I have been giving away the juice to people with health problems and 2 of my best friends thanked me for the juice…1 friend had problems with her aching knees and another friend with a backbone disc problem called me and thank me for telling her about the juice…try it and you’ll be happy if you do cos you’ll know the difference in your health…Love you and God bless. Lucia Bartley of Tafuna, American Samoa.

  14. I have been suffering from dizziness and fainty spells because of my high blood pressure…My brother from Hawaii found this medicine and came to Am. Samoa and went looking for the plant and started boiling the leaves and gave me a drink…it made me able to get better and fixed my dizzy spells also my blood pressure dropped back to normal. If you find the tree, you need 5 leaves and 3 cups of water for every 5 leaves…so 100 leaves and 60 cups of water…boil for 2 hours, drain the juice and save it in the refrigerator and drink a half cup every day or whenever you want a drink, just take a half cup of juice…I have been giving away the juice to people with health problems and 2 of my best friends thanked me for the juice…1 friend had problems with her aching knees and another friend with a backbone disc problem called me and thank me for telling her about the juice…try it and you’ll be happy if you do cos you’ll know the difference in your health…Love you and God bless. Lucia Bartley of Tafuna, American Samoa.

  15. I heard about the wonder of this Soursop (guyabano fruit) from a friend. One friend had testified, a cervical cancer victim, she said she survived 4th stage cancer… I was amazed and so thinking to try also with my mother who is also ill.

    And this is a good news to those with health problems especially financially unstable..

  16. how about the leaves?can i used it as a tea?

  17. Yes, I agree. This fruit is known for its various benefits.

  18. Highly informative! Thank you!

  19. thank you for the information ..

  20. helen/Feb, 15, 2011

    It’s true that guyabano helps in removing excess water from the body based from my experience when I drank the leaves made into tea. It made me urinate every now and then.

  21. It’s true that guyabano helps in removing excess water from the body based from my experience when I drank the leaves made into tea. It made me urinate every now and then.

  22. mam i can help you get these fruits. pls email me at neldaburog@yahoo.com. thank you

  23. for those of you who want to have a nutritious juice out of that fruit which further enhanced by selected premium leaves of moringa, corchorus, capsicum, amaranthus, and ipomea to aid in meeting your daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals you can send your request to neldaburog@yahoo.com. thank you.

  24. its so delicious talaga!

  25. Is it safe for pregnant women to consume soursop?
    Someone told me the other day that you should not consume soursop when pregnant. If this is true, does anyone know some medical explanation to support it? thanks…

  26. is guyabano helps to prevent or cure the kidney stone inside and out side? please help

  27. sarap nyan..lalo na pag yung laman nya..haluan mo ng condense milk pati tubig tapos palamigin mo lang ng konti..instant dessert na..try nyo..

  28. WE ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THE TREE GROWN IN OUR COUNTRY…AND WE ARE VERY THANKFUL ABOUT THESE HEALTH BENEFITS POSTED HERE…I ALSO HAVE THE PLAN TO PROPAGATE THE PLANTS WITH MY OFFICEMATES IN THE DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE…INTRODUCE AND SHARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS WE KNEW FROM YOUR WEBSITE…THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS VERY PRECIOUS AND INFORMATIVE ARTICLE…GOD BLESS.

  29. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE…MORE POWER AND GOD BLESS.

  30. I sell guyabano (soursop) 20 sachet in a box, per sachet contains 21grms. plus added 5 power herb like Moringa Oleifera, Capsicum
    Frutescens, Corchorus Olitorius, Amaranthus Spinosus, Ipomoea
    Batatas. my juice can prevent hundreds of deceases. if anyone interested feel free to text or call may cel. # 09198910002 or visit my office at central plaza building Bajada st. Davao City.

  31. come to the island of Dominica, where we have all the organic fruits and plants. Dominica is in the caribbean, between the two french island of Guadeloupe and Martinque. tHE AREA CODE IS 1767, you can also vist the web site http://www.sakafetedominica.com.

  32. come to the island of Dominica, where we have all the organic fruits and plants. Dominica is in the caribbean, between the two french island of Guadeloupe and Martinque. tHE AREA CODE IS 1767, you can also vist the web site http://www.sakafetedominica.com.

  33. tnxs’for this ARTICLE

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  35. Guyabano(soursop) can prevent also cancer disease and kidney problems also liver problems… its leaves can help mental illness, insomnia anxiety and other mental problems…

  36. hi mam! I do not know if you will still have a chance to read this message. i am merecel arriola from the philippines. if you are having a hard time looking for soursop fruit, then i want to ask you to try first vita plus. it is a juice made from 5 power herbs plus soursop. a really beneficial and healthy drink that is good for our health and will benefit those who are currently having health problems. it is available here in the philippines and is introduced to international markets as well. here is my email address six_twenty_six@yahoo.com, add me in your facebook merecel b. arriola. my cp number is 639332938617

  37. I am from Indonesia, where the soursop tree is growing a lot and very fertile. I sell tea bag leaves of the soursop, which is packed with pretty good and comes from the leaves of the soursop choice, not too old or young, usually taken in the order of 4-6 of each branch, derived from a tree that grows in the woods / without pollution and dried without exposed to sunlight. I sold it with a pretty cheap price, not including shipping charges. contact me at uniqueques@yahoo.co.id for more details

  38. very informative, we have lots of guyabano here at home right now, try to make a shakewith guyabano, taste like yogurt.

  39. Great gift of God to protect the human life from harmful infection. :-)

  40. its a common fruit in the Philippines because of its anti-cancer properties because of its fame it is now becoming very expensive but we have juice form for this and whats more this juice contains not only the soursop fruit but also wheatgrass when interested pls search me in facebook agnes.ablin@yahoo.com

  41. I am from the Caribbean and this is a very common fruit there. It\’s delicious to eat or to drink the juice (homemade). Whenever one of us had an upset stomach we would go to the backyard pick up some leaves and make some tea – and it would take care of it really quick. I miss it

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