Cancer is one of the most terrifying diseases with which you can be diagnosed. It claims the lives of 8 million people every year, slightly more than half the number of people who are diagnosed each year. Some cancers have a better prognosis than others, but they all require rigorous treatment in order to survive. So it would make sense that we look for any possible lead to cure ourselves of this brutal disease.
Some think that Graviola, otherwise known as soursop, can cure the disease more effectively than chemotherapy and other conventional treatments. One of the most outstanding claims is that it is 10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy. But does the claim hold water?
First, let’s examine the fruit. Graviola comes from a tree found in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Some call it Brazilian paw paw, custard apple, and cherimoya. Many natural health practitioners believe that annonaceous acetogenins, a phytochemical in the fruit, is responsible for killing cancer.
Unfortunately, there’s no substantial evidence that graviola can cure cancer. Laboratory studies found that graviola extracts are able to kill some types of breast and liver cancer cells that are particularly resistant to chemotherapy drugs. There have been no studies on humans. No honest person could say for sure that it’s more effective than chemotherapy, let alone 10,000 times more effective.
Graviola has been traditionally used to treat parasites, arthritis, depression, infections, and general sickness. There are some studies that back this claim, though not very many.
When diagnosed with cancer, it’s understandable that you may opt to try everything possible. An all of the above approach to fighting the disease may be effective for you personally, but consult your physician before you add anything to or alter your prescribed treatment schedule.