Brazilian pawpaw)as An Alternative Cancer Treatment
Before talking about
graviola as an alternative cancer treatment, it is important to
talk a little about this plant that some people dare to call “Natural Miracle remedy for
cancer”. Graviola, also known
as soursop, guanabana, Brazilian
pawpaw,is a delicious
fruit consumed in many parts of the world. In addition to the fruit, the leaves and roots are also used for
medicinal purposes. The tree has large green leaves and yellow-green
edible fruits, and grows mostly in the Caribbean, Amazon
rainforest, and other places where the climate is convenient for its development, but mainly in warm
tropical regions. The plant is also found in certain US states (Florida for
instance) in the backyard of Haitians and Jamaicans.
values of Graviola
Graviola is rich in
minerals: Iron, potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium,
manganese, sodium, phosphorus, sulfur, selenium, zinc; vitamins:
Vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin C; as well as dietary fiber,
tannins (commonly referred to as tannic
acid), proteins, and lipids.
Medicinal Uses of
According to many
studies, extracts from Brazilian pawpawcan fight against cancer without causing adverse effects (nausea, weight loss, hair loss, organ damage…) as it is the case in the
conventional treatment (chemotherapy, radiation therapy). In fact, graviola makes cancer patients have more energy and
improves their vision, strengthens and protects their immune
system to help the body fight against deadly infections which tend to occur
during cancer. In addition, it is reported that people feel stronger and healthier throughout the treatment when taking
All over the world,
people use graviola to treat many illnesses: insomnia, nervousness, depression, bronchitis, breathing difficulties, cough, diabetes, fever, liver
disorders, rheumatism, hypertension, inflammation, slow
digestion, heart disease, spasms, digestive disorders, parasites, worms,
tumor and the list goes on. Clearly
soursop works; otherwise
different culture would not use it like this.
The question is ‘Does
Graviola Effectively Treat (or cure) Cancer?’
soursophas been on the news and all over the internet as an alternative cancer treatment. It is not difficult
to find this claim when Google it: “graviola is 10,000 times more
powerful than chemotherapy”.
All these discoveries
began with a small study decades ago during which the researchers were able to identify
the specific active ingredients of graviola called annonaceous acetogenins, antitumor and pesticidal agents
that are found only in the plants of Annonaceae Family. The encouraging
results observed in a short period of time, and encouraged
the researchers to do experiment, which has led to over 600 studies
with excellent results.
Although there were
previous studies, its 1976 that graviola has
been shown to be a potent cancer killer after
20 independent laboratory tests. A
study published in the Journal of Natural Products,
which was also confirmed by a similar study conducted by the
Catholic University of South Korea, showed that graviola may selectively kill colon
cancer cells with a capacity
10,000 times greater than chemotherapy medications
commonly used, Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) for instance.
study provided vivid details on the beneficial effects of soursop as an alternative cancer treatment.
According to the information provided by the researchers of the Catholic University of South Korea, Graviola selectively targets cancer
cells, leaving healthy cells intact, unlike
chemotherapy which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells, and thus
causing devastating side effects: hair loss, nausea, anemia, damage to the vital organs (kidney, liver,
A recent study conducted
University (West Lafayette, Indiana) has
found that leaves from the Graviola
tree killed cancer cells and were especially effective against
prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers. Other studies have
shown the effectiveness of the plant in killing malignant cells in 12 types of
cancer, including the top killers: colorectal cancer,
breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer; and
is up to 10,000 times stronger in
slowing the growth of cancer cells
comparatively to chemotherapy.
US pharmaceutical company then invested
nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola anti-cancer ingredients. But it has not been successful to synthesize the active
ingredients of the plant. In short, the synthetic cannot work as the natural.
They finally abandoned the project. The National Cancer Institute performed the
first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that the leaves and stems
of Graviola have proven effective to attack and destroy malignant cells.
Studies Confirm graviola as an Alternative cancer Treatment
In 1997, a small group of scientists has discovered that Graviola also contains
alkaloids that have anti-depressive effect. In the same year, Purdue Universitypublished an interesting discovery confirming more healing properties of
Graviola. Their clinical studies have confirmed that the
"acetonine Annonacae" in Graviola
are so effective that they not
only kill normal cancer cells, but cancer cells that are resistant to
chemotherapy, a phenomina in which cancer cells that have survived
chemotherapy have developed resistance against
many other types of chemo drugs (Multi-Drug-Resistant).