Soursop Leaves Used As Tea: To Drink Or Not To Drink?
In the previous article, we came to know what a soursop fruit was. Although this tropical fruit originated from Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa, it has already reached the United States which is not only recognized for the fruit but also for its leaves. Recently, Americans have been using soursop leaves as a tea for medicinal purposes. Let’s find out what soursop leaves can and cannot do for your health.
Soursop has a wide variety of phytonutrients that may help benefit our body. In some studies, it has antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage, thus giving a positive immune system response. It has an anti-inflammatory effect by suppressing the release of chemicals in our body that is responsible for developing inflammation such as tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1 beta and soursop increases the body’s metabolism because of its vitamin B content, thereby aiding in weight loss.
One most famous reasons why soursop leaves are famous is the ability to fight cancer. Some studies suggest, that drinking soursop tea by boiling its leaves contains acetogenins that contribute to inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in the body. Although research studies were conducted in laboratories using rats as subjects, there are still limited clinical studies in humans.
They say that drinking soursop tea may be harmful to your health and some studies reveal that when taken for long periods of time, it causes unwanted effects in the brain such as developing Parkinson’s disease. But this will only be possible if you drink the tea too much like drinking three cups a day. So drinking it in moderation is advisable to lessen its possible harmful effects.
Soursop doesn’t treat cancer per se, it helps the body heal itself by boosting the immune system and letting the body repair itself.
So before deciding to drink soursop leaves as tea, ask the advice of your healthcare provider first, so that you will know its benefits and effects to your body that eventually lead to your decision if drinking soursop tea is the right herbal medicine for you.