Weapon against cancer
Graviola is a tropical tree that usually reaches 5-6 m of height. It thrives in warm tropical regions of South America.
The fruit is heart-shaped, its flesh is white and of yellow-green color.
Every single part of the tree such as the leaves, the fruit, the seeds, the tree bark and roots are used as natural medicines.
Graviola has a long history of usage in herbal medicine –by the indigenous of Amazon- It is used for : diabetes, catarrh, spasms, as antimicrobial against broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi, against pests, regulation of high blood pressure, depression, nervous disorders, heart disease, asthma, liver problems, arthritis, etc.
Its main active substances are called Annonaceous acetogenins and their systematic study has started since 90s.
The results of different research groups, from experiments in vitro and in animals, have shown that these substances have significant properties on eliminating tumors and specific toxicity against tumor cells of different types without affecting healthy cells , including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas.
Especially in in vitro experiments in tumor cells of the colon, Graviola showed multiplied times higher capacity on shrinking the tumor than Adriamycin, a substance that is given on chemotherapy, without showing any toxicity.
The study of the action model has shown that they are excellent inhibitors of enzymatic processes involved in the membrane of tumor cells and they also act selectively on cancer cells with multidrug immunity due to binding of ATP – the main source of energy in the cell.
Not recommended for pregnant women.
In very high doses, it can cause stomach disturbances
It is recommended to be combined with probiotics when it is taken for long periods.