Presenting to you SOURSOP fruit also called Annona Muricata. It is originally from Mexico, Cuba and Central America but it can also be found in Sub-Sahara Africa and some part of Southeast Asia. Soursop belongs to the family as Pawpaw.

The tree produces green leaves and the main soursop fruit - a greenish large bean-shaped fruit with blunt thorny surface. It is best enjoyed only when ripe. Its ripeness is visible by the softness and tenderness when felt by the fingers. The inside of the soursop is milky and comes with small brown seeds. Soursop has a sweet flavor and is usually creamy when ripe.

Soursop tree has a normal growth of about 8meters in height. It is commonly called 'shawa sop' in southeast Nigeria and is remarkably known for its usefulness in the treatment of Heart disease, Diarrhea, High blood pressure, Hypertension and most recently CANCER.

According to the encyclopedia Britannica "Cancer also called Tumours or Neoplasms are abnormal growths of cells arising from malfunctions in the regulatory mechanism that oversee the cells' growth and development... when normally growing cells are transformed into undisciplined cancer cells, they invade and destroy nearby healthy tissues... tumours that grow and spread aggressively in this manner are designated malignant or cancerous"

Research on Soursop over the years have revealed the potency and effectiveness of the fruit, leaves, seeds and barks in curing or at least eliminating dramatically the cancerous cells found in the body.

Studies and research have proved the importance of Soursop. "Soursop is 10,000 times more effective at killing colon cancer cells than Chemotherapy" says a study conducted by the Catholic University of South Korea. Even though research on Soursop is ongoing, it is pertinent to acknowledge the potentials of this natural herb in the treatment of cancer.

However, research have indicated that the ethnolic properties contained in Soursop is effective against cancer cells. The Alkaloid elements called Coreximine and Reticuline are thought to slow the growth of cancer. More so, other properties found in Soursop have been found to be antiviral, anti-cancerous and anti-parasitic includes acetogenins, especially annonacin and quinolones.

Soursop have developed many names over the years. It has become familiar with many locals in Spain, Brazil and Ghana commonly known as guanábana, graviola and aluguntugui respectively.


Consider the experiences of people who have used this form of treatment. Meet

Shirley who says

'This is very true! my husband has prostate cancer,he started using the soursop leaves as a tea every morning in one month his PSA total went from 5.94 to 3.59… The doctor wanted to know what was he using please people give it a try'

She is not the only one who have attested to the efficacy of Soursop in treating cancer.

Chikita added 'this is true coz my aunty have cancer and she took soursop leaves on boiled water everyday and everytime she drink and her cancer is lost and she went to doctor only first time she feel something on her body and after take water of soursop leaves and then doctor say bye..bye…cancer...'

Experiences and life story of people who have used Soursop fruit as treatment for cancer have been successful. However, it is important to note that proper usage and dosage as in the case of boiled leaves of Soursop should be properly considered. Soursop is a notorious cancer cell killer as have been confirmed by many people's experiences and my personal research.


Does this indicate that proper medical attention be neglected in the case of those suffering cancer? Should individuals administer treatment of cancer using Soursop without getting any professional help? Far from it, cancer sufferers must consult their health experts to get the best possible treatment. However, Soursop can serve as a supplement treatment under the guidance of a medical herbalist or medical expert. Administering self treatment without proper guidance is not advisable.

Having come to the understanding of the efficacy of Soursop in the treatment of cancer at (a late hour) I am positive that Soursop fruit, seeds, barks and leaves are absolutely worth trying.

Disclaimer: this hub is not to be used as a therapy for cancer treatment rather it is just a platform to disseminate information about this natural herb.

Please, do not take any advice here to supersede that given by your Doctor.


Alexander Thandi Ubani

Note: information from Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, The Catholic University of South Korea and was used in this research work.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

whoa what a hub.. I don't think the large corporations would enjoy this hub because there's too much money to be made in treatments.. yeah voted way up and kudos for looking out :)

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

That is true my dear Frank. But knowledge they say is power and I am glad many people will benefit from this piece.

Peace and blessings are all yours.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have never heard of soursop. I don't think it is grown in the US but maybe it is. I agree with Frank. I have often thought there would be a cure if not for the profit for greedy pharmaceutical companies. Thank you for sharing this..

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

Yeah, I think it is grown there. Maybe, you are yet †Φ come across it. Maybe you should look around the internet.

Talking about greed, that is in man's nature. But we must do what we must do. We are here †Φ help one another not †Φ exploit.

Thanks Ruby. Have a most awesome day.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Hey just want to wish you and your family a Happy New Years!!!

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

Wish Ʊ same, Sir.

Have a most FABULOUS year ever!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I've seen this fruit but didn't know what it was. Mother nature provides us with many cures that we should be using more.

All the best for 2013

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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos Author

That's true Rose! How i wish people come †Φ acknowledge this. Nature has blessed us in abundance.

Have a great day.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi Alexander,

I think that nature provides us with the best medicine .

Voted up and sharing

Take care :)

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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

I always love to learn about new plants and fruits---this was very interesting, thank you!

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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos Author

hi Sue, it is always a pleasure to read from you. Nature for sure provides us the best medicine and i concur with that. I believe more advances in science will bring more of nature's many blessings.

Remain most blessed.

Hi MrsBrown, I am glad you find this piece interesting. I hope we all benefit from nature's abundant gift. Have a fantastic day.

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Melovy 3 years ago from UK

I have not heard of this plant before and this is really interesting. It's great to hear of natural remedies for cancer, and let's hope it becomes more widely available. Thanks for sharing this information.

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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos Author

thanks Mel, your 'wish' is as good as mine.

I hope more people get to know this sooner than later...

thank you.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

I have heard from friends how this fruit does help fight cancer, even eliminate it. I don't know if I can get it here in the stores, but I am going to look for it. I have had sweetsop before and love the creamy taste of the fruit. I imagine it tastes like soursop? Great post.

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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos Author

Thanks my dearest Teaches, your words are always kind. Were you washed with the waters of kindness at birth? Lol

Ya I think Soursop is a good answer for cancer if detected early. Many cases have proven that as a fact.

Bless you. Have fun

amatula 23 months ago

pls where can one get the soursop leaves in nigeria

amatula 23 months ago

pls where can one get the soursop leaves in nigeria

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