Graviola (Annona muricata)
Native to various parts of South America, Graviola has been used throughout the Andes mountains, the Amazon, and Peruvian jungles for its multitude of health benefits. It has a wide range of uses, including a wide range of non-medical applications- such as ice cream, fruit juice drinks, candies and sorbets.
Graviola has seen uses in Traditional South American medicine for centuries. Laboratory studies financed by the National Cancer Institute and National Health Institute in the USA have been conducted since the 1940’s and have confirmed the plant’s anti-cancer properties. Its active components have been shown to destroy cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. Moreover, the destructive effect on cancer cells is maintained even in cases where the cancer cells have become immune to standard chemotherapy. This plant has been shown to be highly effective in combating up to twelve different cancer cell lines including pancreatic, lung, prostate, breast and colon cancer.
Besides its popularity as an alternative or supplementary use in cancer treatment, the benefits of Graviola don’t stop there. Its also widely sought after for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic effects. Lastly, the herb has been shown to lower blood pressure, act as an anti-epileptic agent, combat rheumatoid arthritis, and more. Even healthy individuals can grow fond of this plant’s calming effects.