Graviola extract comes from an evergreen tree that grown in and on the tropical coasts of both North and South America. It can also be found in the Amazon. This tree produces a small edible yellow heart shaped fruit that is called Guanabana or Brazilian Cherimoya. It can be eaten fresh or it can be used in local drinks and frozen desert concoctions like sherbet.
The medicinal qualities of Graviola have been studied for several years. We can find studies that go back to the 1940′s that have looked at this fruit and the tree’s other parts such as the stems, leaves, and the bark of the tree. These have been utilized and have been used by both indigenous peoples in countries in South America and other areas for its sedative and calming qualities.
Science has shown that this supplement has several different medicinal qualities today. It works as a very potent hypertensive and cardiac suppressant. It also works as a vasodilator. Other properties include the ability to work as an anticonvulsant and smooth muscle relaxant. There are many studies that can be found on this supplement to back up its medicinal benefits. We will discuss its individual benefits below.
In addition to the cardiac benefits that are listed above this supplement has some potent cancer fighting attributes according to the alternative health care papers that are available on this subject. We also found a study that was conducted by Purdue University who has ongoing studies in cancer research. They did a study on how acetogenins affect cancer cells. The graviola is in the family of acetogenins. They found that these products work as an inhibitory process against the enzyme action that takes place in the cell membrane of cancer cells. This is a process that only takes place in those types of cells. Purdue reported their results in a paper that held the results of those studies. They stated that Annonaceous acetogenins ( which includes Graviola) is capable of selectively inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. They also stated that this substance was able to inhibit the growth pattern of cancer cells that were resistant to adriamycin.
Alternative medicine offers cancer patients treatment today that does not have to include mainstream therapy. Some of the alternative therapies to chemotherapy that are available include Graviola based compounds. There are many other supplements on the market that claim to help treat cancer naturally. Many resources are available and natural or alternative practitioners who are medical professionals as well are available to anyone for consultations if they are looking for treatment in addition to or in lieu of those offered by modern medicine today. It is highly recommended that if someone is suffering with cancer that they consult with a medical professional who has worked with these substances as each case is different and cannot be treated the same.
Other scientific study that has been done on Graviola has shown that it has an anti-depressant effect on lab animals when given to animals in a lab setting in the late 1990′s. Other studies done in the 1990′s showed that Graviola may be very potent in its antibacterial and viral qualities. They did a study on its ability to help to reduce the effects of malaria. They found that the leaves had the best qualities for this particular project. They found that the bark, stems and leaves had excellent antibacterial qualities. They also found that the bark of the tree held anti-fungal qualities that were not found in the other areas of the tree.
Some things that need to be considered before taking Graviola include the fact that it is a hypertensive agent and a vasodilator. Therefore anyone who has a low blood pressure naturally or takes medication for high blood pressure or for cardiac problems should consult with a physician before taking this supplement. Graviola can effect the action of some anti-depressants and MAO inhibitors so it should not be taken in conjunction with them. It can reduce the effects of CoQ10 so these two supplements should not be taken together.