Effects of Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits
Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Alternative Names

Guyabano tea leaves are usually dried first before they are used to make a beverage. The plant that produces these leaves with cancer fighting properties is also known as the soursop or graviola.

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits - Where to Get It

Guyabano (soursop) grows naturally in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean, where it is known for its medicinal qualities. If you do not live in an area where this tree grows naturally, you can get dried leaves online, at retailers like Amazon.


Guyabano tea is easy to make.

  1. Simply add a few dried guyabano leaves to a pot with boiling water.
  2. You should turn off the flame when the water is hot enough and cover the pot, leaving the graviola to steep in the hot water for at least two minutes.
  • You can adjust the number of leaves you place in the pot to your taste.
  • People who leave the tea in there for longer, for up to thirty minutes, say that you get most of the nutrients out of it when you leave it to “draw” for that amount of time.
  • You can enjoy the tea cold, so don’t think that it will lose its taste or its powerful effects. You can continue to enjoy the nutritional benefits for up to eight hours after first making the tea.

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits - Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea: Which is Better?

This drink can be enjoyed sweetened or unsweetened.

  • Unsweetened or with sugar. Some people have their tea without added sugar because they prefer that taste or are diabetic, while others like to add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar. You can also use agave.
  • Honey. In order to get additional health benefits from your tea, you can sweeten it with honey instead of sugar. The best type of honey to use is wild honey. Honey is a good remedy for sore throats, it helps to keep your blood pressure stable, and it boosts immunity.

Reverse Cancer with This Healing Tree

The Leaves Calm Nerves and Kill Cancerous Cells

  • Boiled guyabano leaves are a powerful anti-inflammatory. Studies have also shown that the tea contains natural substances which kill cancer cells. For example, the acetinogens have been shown to be effective against cancer in breast cells (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9207950?dopt=Abstract). It helps to kill tumors which have shown resistance to a variety of drugs.
  • The leaf extracts inhibit the activity of the herpes simplex 1 virus.
  • Extracts of this plant have also shown a positive effect on mood, lifting depression.
  • Compounds that are found in the plant help to calm the nerves as well.

A Customer Review

"I take this and curcumin, flax seed oil, and selenium as supplements to combat a 10-year battle with cancer. They seem to have stopped it in its track along with prayer and a vegetarian diet. I don't even see the oncologist anymore."

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Mavic santos 2 years ago

Guyabano kills cancer cells.

Diane Barrios 24 months ago

this is interesting. i recommend Markizza Soursop juice on amazon. the taste is just perfect.

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jtrader 24 months ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Mavic. Guyabano has fewer side effects than the drugs that are used for chemo as well.

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jtrader 24 months ago Author

Hi Diane,

Thanks for sharing that recommendation. Fortunately, I have access to the fresh fruit and am able to make my own juice using that. I will keep Markizza in mind.

kevin ray ronquis 22 months ago

yes indeed! guyabano is just like any common fruit but has very amazing medicinal properties!!!

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jtrader 22 months ago Author

Yes, it is quite effective in fighting cancer.

Thanks for stopping by Kevin.

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clivewilliams 19 months ago from Nibiru

in Jamaica it is called sour sop

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jtrader 19 months ago Author

Yes it is. Quite delicious.

sandy dejesus 19 months ago

Yez i a gree 100% dat guyabano leaves help to decrease highblood pressure nd i proved it...

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jtrader 19 months ago Author

Hi Sandy,

Thanks for sharing your experience with the benefits of guyabano leaves for blood pressure.

IB 17 months ago

Hello. Pls, could boiled Guyabano leaves "water" be kept in the refrigerator? I'm boiling it in large quantity so I could have easy access drinking it.

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jtrader 17 months ago Author


Personally, I usually drink the tea fresh. I would not recommend that you keep in in the refrigerator for too long. I wouldn't keep it in the fridge beyond two days.

Lourdes 15 months ago

I had read about guyabano leaf tea to help kill cancer cells. We will try it...for my daughter who has cancer and had gone through 6 sessions of chemo and 10 courses of radiation...but the tumor is still there..

can we sweeten the tea concoction ?

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jtrader 15 months ago Author

Hi Lourdes,

I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I wish you all the best in the fight. Don't sweeten the tea. Just have her drink it as it, without milk or any other additives.

All the best for the future,


rebecca c. paz 13 months ago

guyabano fruit its delicipus and it kills cancer cells.i was diagnozed breast 3a cancer but i can feel that the tumor got smaller and smaller everday .

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jtrader 13 months ago Author

Hi Rebecca,

It's good to hear of your positive experience with using guyabano to help treat cancer. All the best.

Linus 12 months ago

7 months ago i was diagnosed t4 renal cancer, without slash, burn and chemicals, the tumor now is almost gone,tank You very much Lord God and the med You gave to me---- guyabano tea.

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jtrader 12 months ago Author

That's good news Linus. Thanks for sharing.

Cris evan 12 months ago

Guyabano can heal heart desease?

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jtrader 12 months ago Author

Hi Cris,

The research done on Guyabano to date has focused on its effect on cancer cells. Who knows what effect it can have on heart disease?

Research shows that vegetable protein can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Elizabeth 12 months ago

My husband is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer, how many leaves should we used for pot and how many times per day we should drink l have muscle spasms and high blood pressure can a drink the tea

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jtrader 12 months ago Author

Hi Elizabeth,

Some doctors advise that people who have movement disorders should be careful with using Guyabano. Since you have muscle spasms, I would not recommend that you start drinking the tea without your doctor's supervision.

When making a pot of tea for use as an herbal supplement with cancer, add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

If a person feels hungry after having a cup of guyabano tea, it is usually recommended that they wait about half an hour before eating.

Victoria L. Persigas 12 months ago

yes, 100% proven to me. i used fresh Guyabano leaves & sometimes w/ their young fruit boiled about 5 to 10 minutes, as my tea (take it 30 minutes before meals)

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jtrader 12 months ago Author

Hi Victoria,

Thanks for sharing your experience with drinking Guyabano leaves tea.

myrna 11 months ago

i am acidic and take (omprazole+SODIUM BICARBONATE) can I drink gayubano leaves tea

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jtrader 11 months ago Author

Hi Myrna,

It is my understanding that Omprazole actually helps people who are on chemotherapy and are using guyabano leaves tea or juice to help kill cancer cells. This is because Omprazole helps to prevent injury to gastroduodenal mucosa.

Remember that guyabano juice is not a substitute for the cancer treatment that your doctor may have prescribed. If you are on chemo and are using guyabano, Omprazole can help to reduce some of chemo's side effects.

Sodium bicarbonate and guyabano are both alkaline. Sodium bicarbonate helps to reduce acid and there is some evidence that it can help to kill cancer cells. Dr. Tullio Simoncini in Italy has done research on this and has managed to eliminate tumors with the help of sodium bicarbonate.

Please discuss this further with your doctor. Best wishes for your health.

josephine 10 months ago

i have severe constipation and heavy bleeding with blod clots,can i drink guyabano leaves tea?pls i need answer thank you

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jtrader 10 months ago Author

Your doctor would have to determine the underlying cause of the heavy bleeding. It would not be good for you to start drinking guyabano leaves tea or using any other herbal remedy, without finding out what was causing the heavy bleeding.

You haven't made it clear if it's heavy menstrual bleeding or rectal bleeding associated with the constipation.

There are herbal remedies which help with heavy bleeding that is due to fibroids, for example echinacea. However, you need to know why you are bleeding so heavily. Sometimes heavy bleeding during menstruation is caused by anemia.

Eating guyabano fruit can help to prevent constipation, since it's a fruit and is high in fiber. However, it is not used as often as a treatment for constipation.

Jane 10 months ago

Hello, good evening. I just want to ask.

I am diabetic, My FBS was 10.8 on January 2016, and became 7.8 after two weeks and recently my FBS is 6.24....and i am still taking 500mg metformin. Can i stop taking Metformin and drink guyabano leaves?

How many leaves? How many glasses should i drink everyday and before bedtime?

Please hear me out. Thank you.

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jtrader 10 months ago Author

Hi Jane,

Metformin has a lot of benefits for you. It helps to reduce the amount of insulin that you have to take. It also helps you to lose weight - a plus if you have diabetes.

The drop in your FBS shows that the medication is working. Do not stop taking Metformin without speaking to your doctor. It really helps with keeping your blood sugar low.

According to the Department Of Science and Technology in the Philippines, guyabano has a similar effect to Metformin. You don't want your blood sugar to drop too low because you are taking both. If you wish to take the tea along with Metformin, start with a low dosage of 5 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

If you have access to Moringa (Malunggay) you can use that with the Guyabano leaves as well.

Mavic 10 months ago

Iam diabetic and umiinum din po Ako 2gmot for my diabetes pd p din po b Ako umiinum ng guyabano leaves and iln leaves po pd

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jtrader 10 months ago Author

Hi Mavic,

Thanks for your question. Could you restate it in English.

Mae Sangil 9 months ago

how many leaves and glass of water in preparing? how about in taking daily, how many glasses? for cancer prevention. hoping for your response. thank you! God bless.

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jtrader 9 months ago Author

Hi Mae,

When you are making a pot of tea for use as an herbal supplement with cancer, add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to the equivalent of 4 eight ounce glasses of hot water. Drink one glass three times a day.

Take care

Emma 9 months ago

I am diagnose of papillary carcinoma and sudgested to have thyroidectomy but i did not go for it right now because of bradycardia. Can i take the guyabano tea? Thanks

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jtrader 9 months ago Author

Hi Emma,

Guyabano is not known to interfere with electrical impulses within the body. As such, the bradycardia shouldn't be made worse by the tea.

It is worthy of note that some people drink guyabano to expand the blood vessels.

Avon 9 months ago

Hi good day! May i ask how many dried guyabano leaves & glass of water are needed when preparing a guyabano tea? I want to take this as cancer prevention, because my mom diagnosed Breast Cancer and sad to say she already pass away. I am afraid to have it too..

Pls. do response on me. Thank you &


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jtrader 9 months ago Author

Hi Avon,

Sorry to hear about your mom.

To make the tea, use 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Also speak with your doctor about your maintaining your ideal weight and other factors that will reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

God bless

eric valle 8 months ago

Is it advisable to drink everyday of guyabano leaves? in replacement to coffee or soft drinks. kindly advise. thank you.

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jtrader 8 months ago Author

Hi Eric,

Guyabano is a powerful medicinal herb. I wouldn't drink it every day in place of coffee. With most medicinal plants, you try not to use them every single day, unless it's a case where you have had cancer, for example and it is in remission and you want it to stay in remission.

Many people who drink herbal teas tend to rotate them. So, for example, if you have problems with nausea and drink ginger tea for 2 weeks, you would switch to mint tea for the following two weeks.

tezen 6 months ago

Our guyabano tree was taken down and i collected all the leaves. Can i use the dried leaves? Are they as potent as the fresh ones?

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jtrader 6 months ago Author

Some people prefer the dried leaves- they think it is better to make herbal tea with dried leaves than green leaves. By all means, use your dried leaves.

People who are using ground dried leaves should keep in mind that when compared by weight or even teaspoon for teaspoon, a teaspoon of ground dried leaves will be stronger than a teaspoon of green leaves.

mannyc 6 months ago

Hi, i've been taking guyabano tea for more than a year now. Before i was diagnosed as diabetic and hypertensive, I've been prescribed by my doctor to take metformin for sugar and lozartan for my hypertension and the doctor said that it's for lifetime. Then i started taking guyabano tea, so far i got a normal BP and sugar. Is it necessary or is it fine for me to continue drinking it. The thing is i heard from somebody that drinking guyabano tea for 3 years can lead to dialysis. Is This true? how often should i take it? do I need to stop this right away? please tell me the right thing to do...Thanks

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Hi MannyC,

I am glad that your BP and sugar are now normal. According to the Department Of Science and Technology in the Philippines, guyabano has a similar effect to Metformin. You don't want your blood sugar to drop too low because you are taking both.

You can cut back on your consumption of guyabano tea. Drop it to every other day and make a note of your BP and sugar with that. Take a copy of those records when you go to see your doctor and let them know of the supplements that you are using.

The aim is not to take guyabano every day. People who take it every day usually do so to help in their fight against cancer, so they only do so until the cancer goes into remission. After that they adjust how often they take it.

You can also consider alternating guyabano with other herbs that are known to reduce blood sugar levels, such as bitter melon (Jamaican cerasee).

Metformin can gradually irritate the intestinal wall. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to help keep the lining of your intestines healthy.

mannyc 6 months ago

Hi its me again, Thanks for the information but actually i already stopped taking metformin and lozartan as my daily maintenance and changed it with guyabano tea instead. Actually what bothers me is I heard from somebody that taking guyabano tea for 3 consecutive years can harm and can lead to dialysis, Is it true? at the moment I'm taking guyabano tea alone for a year now. Is it necessary for me to stop right away or can you tell me what's the best for me. Thanks in advance.

Marylee 6 months ago

Good day, my creatinine is hinger than the normal, but no discomfort at all, I tried a fresh boiled guyabano leaves, is it avisable to take daily? marylee

Leung 6 months ago

My father is now fighting with pancreatic cancer with chemo as well as the guyabano leaves, do you think it is effective to reduce the side effect and save his life?

clyde 6 months ago

hi iw ould like to ask if this herbal tea, can be good for those who have an kitch infections or those results going to tubverculosis,

Kilay 5 months ago

Is it okay, if I drink guyabano tea during menstration?

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jtrader 5 months ago Author

Hi Manny,

I don't think you should have stopped the other medication cold turkey. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor about other ways you can adjust your dosage.

No, you shouldn't be taken guyabano tea for years straight without a break. I do not recommend that you use any herbal remedy for such a long period like that. Consider taking a break every three months and using bitter melon instead.

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jtrader 5 months ago Author

Hi Marylee,

Are you diabetic? What reason did your doctor suggest for the elevated creatinine levels? Do you have kidney damage because of diabetes?

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Hi Leung,

Best wishes for your father. Herbal supplements like guyabano and Jamaican guinea hen weed should help his body to fight the cancer.

My prayers are with you.

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jtrader 5 months ago Author

Hi Clyde,

Guyabano contains Beta-sitosterol, which increases the number of white blood cells in your body. Those cells help to fight the bacteria in tuberculosis.

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Hi Kilay,

Some people use guyabano to help regulate menstruation. There is not a lot of research on that aspect of it yet.

Ellaine Joy 5 months ago

it is also good foor diabetic person??

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jtrader 5 months ago Author

Yes it is.

jumar 5 months ago

hi i ask a question if i boild more than 15 leaves of guyabano thats it ok

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jtrader 5 months ago Author

Hi Jumar,

Add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

Selina 4 months ago

I had stage 4 Peritoneal Carcinoma in October 2013 .Last year ,cancer recurred ,I was receiving chemotherapy since March 2015 till now.I started drinking soursop teabag in June.Tumour marker was static for 3 months,but it's still very high.My doctor suggested me to keep on chemo .I want to ask, fresh graviola /dry leaves is better than teabags or not? Now,I drink teabag 6 days after chemo.Can I drink it right after the day of chemotherapy? Thanks.

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Hi Selina,

Dried leaves are better than green leaves. That's better for the liver. The teabags usually contain dry leaves so they would be the same as drinking leaves you dried yourself. Stick to the regimen that has already been working for you in terms of drinking the tea several days after receiving chemo.

God bless

jlc 4 months ago

hi, i'm drinking boilen green leaves of guyabano and guava. is this okay? just started with it and plan to drink for a week 3x a day.

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jtrader 4 months ago Author

It is better to used dried guyabano leaves. Why are you using guava leaves- for pain?

Bang 3 months ago

Can I drink guayabano tea at the same time take vitamins.

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jtrader 3 months ago Author

Yes, you can.

Rose Ann 3 months ago

Does boiled guyabano leaves can help treat UTI? How is this possible? Thanks and Godbless.

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jtrader 3 months ago Author

There isn't as much research to show it helps with UTI. Speak to your doctor about using probiotics to help reduce the occurrence of UTIs.

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jtrader 3 months ago Author

Rose Ann,

Sambong leaves help many people with UTI. Learn more about that here: http://hubpages.com/health/Benefits-of-Sambong-Tea...

Bang 3 months ago

I am drinking guyabano tea, can take antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor to cure wound infection?

Selina 3 months ago

In HK,it is difficult to find graviola fruits but we can buy custard apples easily in the market.Does custard apples(sweetsop) have the same anti-cancer effect with graviola?Do they belong to the same family? Thanks.

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jtrader 3 months ago Author

Hi Selina,

Both are Annona. Soursop or prickly custard apple is annona muricata. Sweetsop is annona squamosa. There has not been as much research done on the benefits of annona squamosa for cancer. Can you buy the soursop online in HK?

Selina 3 months ago

Thanks God,my Indonesian maid,Anna helped me to buy it from her auntie.I hoped graviola work as I have tried many chemo drugs already.

I have drunk soursop teabags for 4 months.It made me sleep well,my herpes simplex gone quickly ,my blood pressure is under control and there is no need to take anti-hypetensive drugs now.My tumour marker is static for 4 months.I hope it will drop later.


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jtrader 3 months ago Author

Glad to hear that Selina.

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jtrader 3 months ago Author

Hi Bang,

Take the full course of antibiotics as directed by your doctor.

Amelia Pane 2 months ago

What if you use leaves that are not dried....will it still be effective?

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jtrader 2 months ago Author

Hi Amelia,

Yes, they will still help. However, it is usually healthier to dry herbs before using them in teas.

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Dave Keilen 2 months ago

I've been using Guanabana leaves for arthritis in my feet for almost a year now with no ill side effects. I dry the leaves first then microwave to about 180 degrees and let cool naturally. filter the tea and refrigerate.

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jtrader 2 months ago Author

Thanks for sharing your experience Dave.

AIZA 8 weeks ago

Hi Im aiza, can i drink guyabano leaves. i was diagnosed bilateral cervical lymph nodes about 3 cm in size, i didnt see yet my doctor but i want to prepare some alternative medicine i heard and read some good things about guyabanos leave.. and i hope it could help me a lot..

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jtrader 8 weeks ago Author

You should see your doctor. Yes, guyabano leaves can help you.

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jtrader 7 weeks ago Author

Research has not been done on its effect on thyroid conditions. Please talk to your doctor about treatment.

All the best Yssa

Annie 7 weeks ago

I drink guyabano tea whenever I am coughing and it is helping me.

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jtrader 7 weeks ago Author

Thanks for sharing your experience with using guyabano leaves for coughing Annie.

Ann 5 weeks ago

Hi Mr. JTrader,

I'd like to know if guyabano leaves can be taken while under medication? and also, there's blood when I poop lately, so you think it is better or does the guyabano leaves could help for this type of condition?

I appreciate your response sir,

Thank you for your time reading my concern.



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jtrader 5 weeks ago Author

Hi Ann,

Blood in your stool is serious and you should see your doctor about it immediately.

Guyabano does not hinder some types of medication. While at your doctor, speak to them about the type you are taking and which herbal supplements may be safely used.

God bless

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