Soursop tea is a green tea without the bitter aftertaste. It is fragrant in a citrus kind of way, and tastes as good as it smells. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, soursop leaves are used as a folk remedy for blood pressure, fevers, diabetes, indigestion and other ailments.
Research on Soursop
A study examining the impact of soursop flowers on palm olein (refined semi-solid palm oil) found that soursop flowers can be used as an alternative source of antioxidants to solidify various oil systems, including palm olein.
Research analyzing the antioxidant capacity of soursop revealed that soursop is a healthy fruit and the byproducts of soursop (such as the peel) can be an inexpensive source of natural antioxidant.
The active substance in soursop leaves that serve as antioxidants are called flavonoids. Based on several studies, flavonoids can help prevent cell damage by removing free radicals (or unstable molecules) from the body.
Research conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that some compounds in soursop may be naturally anti-parasitic and antiviral and may significantly reduce the growth of tumors.
Benefits of Soursop Tea
Anti-cancer effects due to high levels of alkaloid compounds and acetogenins (fatty compounds)
Helps treat back pain, eczema, rheumatism, uric acid and diabetes
Improves immune system and prevents infections
Womeni et al. (2016). Valorization of soursop flowers (Annona muricata L.) as potent source of natural antioxidants for stabilization of palm olein during accelerated storage.
Lee et al. (2016). Influence of different extraction conditions on antioxidant properties of soursop peel.
Etingin, O. R. (2016). Alzheimer’s vs. vascular dementia… benefits of tea… postmenopausal bleeding.
Chakravarty, S. (2013). Graviola and cancer: A potential cancer treatment?