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Graviola - delicious and medicinal
In Latin America, for example, it is called Guanabaná or Guyabano, in Brazil “Chirimoya” or “paw-paw” - we are talking about the Graviola, an exotic fruit variety. In German it is called “Stachelannone” or “Sauersack” (from English “Soursop”).
The term durian fruit has become common in Asia, and Sirsak or Corossol are also common. Based on the original Haitian name, the English name "custard apple", roughly translated as pudding apple, was created.
The taste of the pulp is refreshingly sweet and sour - but only when the fruit is ripe. Otherwise it lives up to its name “Sauersack”. In the countries of origin, the graviola fruit is highly valued as a food.
It is healthy because of its large number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and bio-active medicinal substances.
Botanists know the plant under the name Annona muricata. This is derived from the Haitian word “anon”, which is supposed to mean “cream apple” and refers to the creamy flesh.
A whole family with several subspecies is now summarized under the generic term Annonen-Gewächs or Annonaceae. This in turn belongs to the order of the magnolia family.
The tree on which the Graviola fruit grows is between four and 12 meters high. Its leaves are vaguely reminiscent of laurel, but are more rounded, shiny and dark green.
The flowers are inconspicuous greenish-yellow and smell sweet, sometimes unpleasant.
When the Spanish conquered the Caribbean, West Indies, Central and South America in the 16th century, they found many plants completely unknown in the Old World.
The aborigines used them in a variety of ways as food and medicine. One of them is the Graviola tree.
The first Graviola fruits and seeds reached Southeast Asia, India, Ceylon and later Australia via a detour via Spain. The cultivation there soon began as planned.
Even in countries where it was only introduced a few centuries ago, the inhabitants of the country surprisingly quickly recognized the diverse nutritious properties and healing powers of the Graviola tree, its fruits, seeds, leaves and roots.
The graviola fruit and other parts of the tree are still little known in Europe. This is probably due to the fact that the plant only really thrives and bears fruit in the tropics. These fruits can grow as big as melons.
Visually, they resemble a huge avocado or pear covered with a rubbery, thick and prickly skin. Travelers who enjoy visiting local markets in exotic countries often see graviola fruit here for the first time.
The fruit pulp is packaged for soft drinks, desserts, jams, fruit salads and, in the Philippines, prepared as hearty vegetables.
In addition to extracts and dried leaves, juice, graviola syrup and even whole fruits have long been available fresh. Fresh products are sold via online mail order, other products via health food stores and organic markets.
Recipes for making ice cream, mixed drinks and smoothies can already be found in abundance on the Internet.
The Graviola leaves
In the native lands of the Graviola, all parts of the tree are used, especially the elongated, dark green, glossy leaves. In fermented form, they can be used to prepare an infusion that is suitable as a breakfast drink, with a taste almost comparable to coffee or black tea.
Fresh or dried guanabana or graviola leaves also make a stimulating hot drink. Depending on the type of preparation, it has a healing effect.
All the vitamins and vital substances contained in the fruit pulp are also found in high concentrations in the leaves and tea. The leaves are even considered to be more medicinal than the fruit.
A tea strainer or filter is recommended for the preparation. If you only want to enjoy the tea for the taste, let the leaves soak in the water for a maximum of 10 minutes or simmer gently.
As a "home remedy" and medicine, a steeping time of up to 20 minutes is sometimes recommended so that all the graviola ingredients can develop sufficiently.
The tea tastes fruity to bitter - depending on the duration of the preparation time. Mixtures with ginger or lime are very tasty.
The graviola fruit
Anyone who has not yet heard of the large, prickly Graviola fruit first needs “instructions for use” in order to use it: A fresh, ripe fruit is cut in half lengthways. The (poisonous) cores must be removed.
The creamy, soft fruit pulp can then be easily scraped out of the shell with a spoon. It tastes refreshingly sweet and sour. Pureed it is suitable for making smoothies and mixed drinks, fruit salads, ice cream and sorbets or as hearty vegetables.
But be careful - it is important to get the right time to mature. Otherwise, the pulp will not taste sweet and sour and refreshing, but simply sour and boring. The fruit then lives up to the name “Sauersack”. It is ripe when the shell gives a little wherever you press lightly with your finger.
The Graviola fruit resents pressure and lengthy transports. It is therefore harvested just before it is ripe and processed as quickly as possible. The fruit pulp has a good shelf life when packed in the cooling compartment.
The ingredients of Graviola and their effect on the human body
The graviola or guanabana fruit is a good source of vitamins and vital substances.
With around 17 grams of carbohydrates and almost 90 kcal per 100 grams of pulp, however, it is also a calorie bomb.
The spectrum of ingredients is very similar for the leaves, but there are no calories here, for example when an infusion is prepared.
The fruit contains (calculated per 100 grams), for example, 0.1% saturated and 0.2% unsaturated fatty acids, no cholesterol - but plenty of fiber and even 1% protein.
The vitamins, minerals and trace elements contained are important:
- Potassium - just under 280 mg
- Iron - 0.6 mg
- Calcium - 14 mg
- Vitamin C 20.6 mg
- Vitamin A - 0.3 micrograms
- Vitamin C - 20.6 mg
- Magnesium 21 mg (in comparison, 100 g of banana contains a little over 50 mg of magnesium).
- Vitamin D, Vitamin B6 and B12 are also included.
In addition, there are secondary plant substances such as flavonoids and phenols, whose positive effects on blood vessels, metabolism in general and the immune system have been proven.
Furthermore, some very mysterious substances were discovered, the acetogenins and their “subspecies”, such as annonazine, nornuciferin and asimilobin.What's it all about?
The acetogenins were successfully isolated in the 1990s. In the test tube, they selectively destroyed the metabolism of the mitochondria (cell nuclei) of cancer cells, but left healthy cells unmolested.
A subgroup of the acetogenins is annonacin, a nerve poison that occurs mainly in the seeds of the graviola, but also in a minimal concentration in fruit and leaves. The amount obviously determines the toxicity or healing power.
The acetogenins are said to be highly effective against viruses, bacteria and intestinal parasites, and they are also obviously anti-inflammatory - therefore infusions or tea made from Graviola leaves also help against rheumatic or arthritic pain or can lower fever.
The nornuciferins can also be found, for example, in the lotus, a traditional medicinal plant. They are considered to be calming, can lower blood pressure by widening the blood vessels, calm the stomach and fight a fever.
Asimilobins control the dopamine and serotonin balance by addressing and “occupying” their receptors - as a result, more serotonin is freely available.
Drugs for depression have a similar effect. The effect of the Asimilobine is mood-enhancing, the ingestion has a calming and stabilizing effect.
Areas of application of Graviola
The areas of application of Graviola leaves and the Graviola fruit partially overlap. In its tropical homeland, roots, bark or seeds are often used for healing purposes.
As early as 1976, researchers at the National Cancer Institute in the USA discovered that acetogenins are able to prevent cancer cells from growing, but have no effect on healthy cells.
This observation gave rise to a large number of further study projects. In 1997 Purdue University published results on the exact mechanism of action of acetogenins.
The active ingredient group blocks an enzyme in the cancer cell's metabolism that regulates its energy supply, known as "cell respiration". As a result, cancer cells die. Numerous acetogenins found in the different parts of the Graviola tree were compared with the known "cell poisons" from chemotherapy.
They astounded with an effect that exceeded that of the usual anti-cancer drugs (cytostatics) by ten thousand times. They also attacked cancer cells that were resistant to the usual therapeutic measures.
Graviola tea and its effects
In the traditional medicine of the countries of origin, the tea made from Graviola leaves has a firm place. The variety of areas of application is impressive.
In the Amazon region, the infusion is used internally and externally to treat inflammation and febrile infections of the respiratory tract.
Healers in the Amazon region prescribe Graviola leaf tea for all types of liver, stomach and intestinal ailments.They have a detoxifying and at the same time strengthening effect on the organs.
Anyone who is tense and depressed, suffers from stress and insomnia, benefits from the fact that Graviola tea has an effect on the serotonin balance: The ingredients stimulate an increased release of the "happiness hormone" and thus often improve mood after a short time a more relaxed view of the world.
In this detour, it is often possible to counteract high blood pressure or to remedy sleep disorders.
The tea helps athletes to relax muscles and bones after great exertion, to reduce the tendency to muscle cramps, to relieve pain after injuries, sore muscles and inflammation. The acetogenins contained are responsible for this.
The acetogenins in Graviola tea have been the subject of scientific research for many years: Apparently they are able to prevent the growth and cell division of cancer and tumor cells.
Applied externally, the infusion helps against various skin diseases and blemished skin.
Various studies document the positive effects of Graviola tea on the liver and pancreas. In this way, the release of insulin can be regulated. In animal experiments it was found that abnormally high blood sugar levels can be significantly improved with the help of Graviola tea.
The detoxifying, intestinal cleansing effect can also be used well with a diet.
The infusion of leaves and the pulp are equally effective against intestinal parasites, which in tropical regions cause major problems, especially in children.
In a nutshell: Graviola tea not only tastes good and refreshing. He
- has an anti-inflammatory effect,
- strengthens the immune system preventively as well as in acute infections,
- has an antispasmodic effect,
- has a mood-enhancing effect,
- has an antipyretic effect and
- can be used to harmonize various metabolic disorders, for example high blood pressure or increased blood sugar levels.
- has a general detoxifying effect
- helps against stomach and intestinal parasites
Graviola fruit and its application
Effects very similar to those made with tea made from graviola leaves can be achieved with fresh juice or puree made from the fruit of the graviola.
The Graviola puree calms the stomach and helps to reduce excessive uric acid levels. Like tea, fruit pulp or juice help the immune system to assert itself against viruses.
Those affected with cold sores, for example, often observe that the blisters recede quickly or that they no longer appear under stress if they take graviola juice for a long time.
In addition to juice and extracts, graviola syrup is also suitable for lightening the mood, relieving stress, detoxifying the body and generally strengthening the immune system.
Just like the tea, extracts from fruit or leaves, the fresh fruit itself or juice from it also help to survive chemotherapy better.
Patients who have to take long-term strong medication because of liver problems had the same experience. Many sick people observe that they feel more vital and stronger overall when Graviola products are taken alongside therapy.
In some of the countries of origin, the seeds of the graviola fruit, which are poisonous in themselves, are pressed into oils, which are used externally against joint and limb pain in arthritis or rheumatic diseases.
Such preparations are also suitable for combating parasites or for repelling insects. So far, no scientific studies seem to exist on the use of the seeds for medicinal purposes.
Because the seeds contain the nerve toxin annonacin, they must never be consumed with the pulp.
The Graviola tree can only be grown in the tropics. In this country it can only be grown as a houseplant or greenhouse plant. Those who like to experiment can order germinable seeds on the Internet.
Chances of healing with graviola
Graviola products are not a miracle medicine! Under no circumstances should they be used "on their own" as a substitute for conventional treatment in the event of a serious illness.
In many cases such diseases progress so rapidly that the time window for experiments with alternative treatment methods is simply too small. Nobody should take this risk.
Nevertheless, there are numerous studies, experiences and reports on successes in the use of Graviola against serious diseases. They point out that taking Graviola can help and greatly improve the chances of recovery.
The intake is recommended, for example
- for pain caused by inflammatory joint diseases such as rheumatism or arthritis.
- against dejection, exhaustion and depressive states.
- to strengthen the immune system in general.
- accompanying and supportive when long-term, heavily stressful medication has to be taken.
- in addition to chemotherapy to increase the chances of recovery.
Of course, Graviola is also not a “silver bullet” for losing weight, but it offers effective support on a natural basis.
The detoxifying effect of Graviola helps to relieve the liver and kidneys and to expel harmful substances. The insulin metabolism is positively influenced.
Taken during a diet, Graviola provides more vigor and energy and the complexion improves significantly.
Graviola - possible side effects
Intensive research work and, above all, observation deal with the success of the application, but also with possible side effects of Graviola.
Graviola and low blood pressure
Graviola products are able to lower blood pressure. That’s positive. However, people who are naturally prone to very low blood pressure should exercise appropriate caution.
The biologically active ingredients expand the blood vessels - a possible, very unpleasant side effect is therefore a "paralyzed" circulation in hypertensive patients.
Graviola and neurological diseases?
Some time ago it was discovered that graviola could possibly be responsible for neurological symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease.
In this disease, the metabolism of certain nerve cells in the brain is damaged.
In some countries, where a lot of fresh guanabana or graviola juice, fruit pulp or even teas made from the leaves are naturally consumed, these Parkinson's-like symptoms seem to be increasing.
There is still a lack of scientific research. The phenomenon does not occur everywhere where graviola is consumed. Various factors may play a role, such as a genetic predisposition in certain regions.
A long-term intake of high-dose Graviola extract is nevertheless always recommended with caution. Experts advise using Graviola as a cure and taking several weeks of breaks in taking it. This is a safe way to avoid side effects.
Graviola in pregnancy?
Graviola has the reputation of activating the uterus in natural medicine in the countries of origin. Pregnant women should refrain from taking it. Because there may be a risk of going into labor at the wrong time.
Graviola and its use in intestinal diseases
The beneficial effect of Graviola against intestinal parasites or intestinal infections has been proven. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Graviola products fundamentally influence the intestinal flora.
Long-term, high-dose intake can therefore lead to constipation or diarrhea in some cases. Then it is advisable to forego the Graviola product for a few days or completely until you get better.
Can graviola cause allergies?
Very rare, but possible, is an allergic intolerance to Graviola - in these cases, a reddish, itchy rash occurs as a side effect. In these cases consumption or ingestion must be discontinued. The symptoms should then go away immediately.
The quality determines the effectiveness
The decisive factor for the success or the tolerance of any dietary supplement is the quality: only organic products from ecological production meet all safety criteria.
Corresponding certificates and organic seals show that there are no residues of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, dyes or preservatives to worry about.
Too often undesirable side effects are ascribed to a plant or fruit or a product made from it.
Later it turned out that processing errors and environmental sins made the preparations worthless or even dangerous during cultivation.
The correct dosage
There are still too few guide values for the exact dosage or the tolerable “maximum amount” of Graviola. So far, it has only been possible to conclude from empirical values which amounts of Graviola products are well tolerated and which are effective.
There are also individual differences. Manufacturers indicate at least the concentration of the Graviola extract per capsule, tablet or drop and powder. This makes the dosage easier.
If there are no side effects during use (digestive disorders, skin allergies), the consequences of ingestion are obviously more important than the amount consumed daily.
At the beginning of use, it is advisable to dose rather sparingly so that the organism can slowly get used to the bioactive ingredients.
Fresh fruits, pure or mixed graviola juice, dried leaves for tea and infusions, capsules, tablets and tinctures are all available online.
The tinctures are alcohol-free variants for use on animals and the usual preparation form based on ethanol.
The fresh fruit is quite filling and rich in calories - so small amounts are sufficient for mixed drinks or for making desserts. Anything that is not consumed immediately can be packaged and frozen.
With fresh or not-from-concentrate juice, no more than three cups (about 300 ml) should be taken throughout the day.
The powder can be used to mix smoothies or to stir in water. One or two heaped teaspoons are enough to make drinks or desserts.
In traditional medicine, two to three fresh graviola leaves are boiled in about one liter of water for between 10 and 20 minutes.
About two to three teaspoons of dried, shredded leaves correspond to this amount. One to three cups of this infusion is a sensible daily dose.
Up to three cups a day help to favorably influence the blood sugar level. The infusion can also be used externally for skin diseases or as a poultice against rheumatic pain.
Capsules on the market contain between 500 and 2000 mg of highly concentrated Graviola extract. Correspondingly, three to one capsule are taken daily with plenty of liquid.
Graviola tincture is given mixed with a glass of water. 30 drops can be taken up to three times a day. The dose in animals is correct according to their size and body weight.
The advice of a veterinarian should always be sought for the treatment of serious illnesses. In the case of small animals and cats in particular, it is difficult for laypeople to find the right, not too large, dose.
Of course, tolerance can vary from person to person - not every organism can process an extremely high dosage.
In the event of allergic reactions, the Graviola product must be discontinued immediately; in the case of other side effects, it is often helpful to lower the dose.
Scientific studies and experience reports on Graviola
The list of scientific studies on graviola goes back to the 1970s.
In many third world countries, the search for alternative, traditional medicines is being pursued with more vigor than in other parts of the world. The reason is the lack of financial resources for effective pharmaceutical products.
Their manufacturers show little interest in exploring the effectiveness of natural remedies, unless the most effective ingredients can be analyzed, synthetically produced and patented.
Plants that grow in the patient's backyard, however, often offer the residents of very poor countries that have previously been poorly supplied with medical care with real opportunities for healing.
An example of this type of research is current study (2017) conducted in Nairobi, Kenya, entitled "Annona Muricata: Is a Natural Therapeutic for Many Diseases Including Cancer Growing in Our Backyard?"
This study came to the following conclusion: So far, Graviola contains more than 200 biologically active, reliably identified substances. These include alkaloids, phenols and the active ingredient group of acetogenins.
In the laboratory (“in vitro”) these substances have been shown to be antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, act as insecticides and toxic against cancer cells.
In animal experiments, they proved their stress, depression and anxiety-inhibiting properties, modulated the immune system, helped against malaria, protected the stomach, intestines and liver, promoted wound healing, lowered blood sugar levels, inhibited cancer cells and tumor growth.
The Kenyan team named Annona muricata, or Graviola, one of the most promising natural remedies of the 21st century.
In the meantime, there are also clinical studies on cancer therapy, i.e. scientifically verifiable observations on human patients, which confirm the hopeful laboratory discoveries made so far.
Further studies prove the positive effect of Graviola on the blood sugar level and the function of the organs.
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