Soursop and pineapple are great for the body. Soursop prevents cancer, aids digestion, useful for heart disorders, high blood pressure, a good blood tonic with super effects on diabetes. Pineapple helps to lower cholesterol, good for digestion, cough weight loss, circulatory problem, sour throat, arthritis and urinary tract infection.
The Soursop Tree
Soursop fruit belongs to the annonceae family. Soursop tree reaches a height of up to 5m high at maturity with straight stem or trunk with lateral branching. The bark is smooth and thick while the deep soursop leaves are glossy and lanceolated. The large green soursop fruit which is edible is sparsely thorny.
Useful parts of the soursop tree are:
- Soursop fruits
- The soursop leaves
- Soursop flowers
It has monosaccharide like glucose, fructose, and levulose that are easily assimilated into the body. Also it contains vitamins, especially Vitamin C, vitamin B complex, a small percentage of protein, and some fats. It also have a high mineral content, mostly potassium and phosphorous.
Medicinal Properties and Soursop Benefits
Soursop in Prevention and cure of cancers
There are claims that this plant is good for cancer. The fruit has some bioactive compounds which can reduce cancerous tumors. Some cancer patients have testified to such. Prostate cancer is said to benefit very much from consumption of soursop fruit or the tea from the soursop leaves
Soursop Aids Digestion
The soursop fruit is very helpful to digestion. The juice acts like digestive enzymes, especially in the breakdown of fats.
Useful for heart disorder and high blood pressure.
It has the ability to lower blood cholesterol and it has a high proportion of potassium. All the factors combine to make it good for blood pressure normalization. A handful of leaves are boiled with a glass of water and taken twice daily to normalize high blood pressure.
A Blood Tonic
The soursop juice from the fruit and the tea from fresh soursop leaves are extremely good for the body as tonic. It regulates the metabolism of the body and helps to give man a state of good health and well being generally.
Effects On Diabetics
It is very good for sugar reduction. It is hypo-glycemic. Diabetics should eat the soursop fruits and drink the infusion/tea regularly to regulate their sugar metabolism. It brings high blood sugar level down drastically. It is a wonderful food that is ideal for the elderly who suffer from one metabolic or lifestyle disease or the other. A sizeable fruit can be quartered and eaten twice daily.
Pineapple is an annual fruit which is of tropical origin. It produces a large pineapple fruit. It has scaly and segmented skin with a vegetable crown on it for propagation. The flesh is yellowish, sweet and tasty with a pervasive and inviting flavor or aroma. All through the ages, it has been taken as food and medicine for healing.
Pineapple Nutritional Properties
It contains bromelin, an enzyme which acts similarly with pepsin (Stomach enzyme that aids the digestion of proteins.) Consumption of pineapple accelerates the digestion of proteins because of the bromelin. It also contains fruit sugar (fructose) crude fiber, and high content of vitamin C.
Helps To lower Cholesterol
Pineapple helps to lower cholesterol. This is achieved through the soluble crude fiber that binds fat in gastrointestinal tract (GIT) or gullet or the digestive tract, including the intestines. Eventually, such cholesterol is eliminated through defecation.
Pineapple Fruit helps in Peristaltic Movement Of The Bowel To Enhance Digestion.
The insoluble crude fiber content of pineapple, on consumption of pineapple fruit, facilitates peristaltic-(turning movement) in the digestive tract. Once this is going on, indigestion or constipation becomes difficult. If one has constipation, he should just drink a glass pure pineapple juice. The person will be relived within 3 hours of consumption. If the bowel is free, indices of stomach cancers are low. It is speculated that the fiber and vitamin c are responsible for this.
Pineapple Effect On Cough
It has bechic properties. Pineapple fruit helps to relieve cough once consumed. This may likely be due to the sugars and organic acid present in pineapple juice.
Weight Loss with Pineapple
It is an appetite suppressant. It has anorectic action. Some weight loss diets contain essentially pineapple product.
Pineapple is also believed to improve the blood circulatory system, including the maintenance of good health of the blood vessels. The high vitamin C content may be a contributory factor as it is a powerful antioxidant.
Pineapple juice can be used as a gargle for sour throat.
There are also claims that eating pineapple always is helpful in warding off arthritis.
Urinary Tract infection
Regular consumption of pineapple juice is very good for clearing the urinary tract of all sorts of infections.