Soursop is the fruit of Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tree native to Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America, primarily Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
A few months ago we began selling a drink made of the Soursop fruit. We didn’t know much about it, until just a few weeks ago, when something happened, and we were suddenly up to our ears in orders for the canned beverage.
We did the only research one does today, (since leaving Uni, when looking at the occasional book is asked for) which is Google, and we found people all over shouting about the fruit’s cancer fighting properties.
Now we are NOT saying that this drink will cure cancer. I repeat we are NOT saying this drink will cure cancer, though some people are claiming it has a positive effect. Here is the word from Cancer Research UK:
‘In laboratory studies, graviola extracts can kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to particular chemotherapy drugs. But there haven’t been any large scale studies in humans. So we don't know yet whether it can work as a cancer treatment or not. Overall, there is no evidence to show that graviola works as a cure for cancer. Many sites on the internet advertise and promote graviola capsules as a cancer cure, but none of them are supported by any reputable scientific cancer organisations.
‘We know very little about how graviola affects the body. But we do know that it may cause nerve changes, causing symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. So it may have harmful side effects for some people. Always talk to your doctor before taking any kind of complementary or alternative therapy.’
One of our customers has had a positive result. He posted this on our Facebook page on April 15th:
‘I have terminal cancer and decided to try Sour Sop. Two weeks after drinking one can a day my blood was tested and I am delighted to share with you that my bloods have made a dramatic improvement, now I can't be 100% sure it's the drink but I know there was no improvement until I started drinking Soursop. My liver function has also improved. Two blood tests done now with both showing improvement. I checked with my cancer doctor and she is happy that the Sour Sop will not effect the chemo treatment I am getting’
The short answer is we don’t know yet, we aren’t doctors and until some extensive research is done we won’t know for sure. We would like to know if you have any thoughts or experiences on the subject.
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