SOURSOP (ANNONA MURICATA) Tropical fruit tree 12″-24″
Perhaps you have seen it in the greengrocer and wondered: what is this? The soursop or graviola (it is known by both names) is a tropical fruit with a curious appearance, green and full of thorns; but under this strange appearance hides a real bomb of vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants. The fruit has a delicious bittersweet flavor, ideal to consume in juices and smoothies; But graviola leaves also have medicinal properties: in fact, there is much talk about the anticancer properties of soursop tea, but what is true about it? We will tell you about it in this article, and we will also talk about the health benefits of this fruit, which strengthens the immune system and the nervous system. It is also good for digestion.
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Graviola is rich in vitamin C; 100 g of the pulp of this fruit cover 25% of the daily needs of vitamin C of an adult, which are: 75 mg for women (85 mg in case of pregnancy) and 90 mg for men.
Vitamin C is essential for the functioning of our body, let’s see some examples:
It is a powerful antioxidant. In other words, it favors the elimination of free radicals, reducing the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases, and even some types of cancer.
It favors the absorption of iron, so it is essential to combat iron deficiency anemia.
It helps the production of collagen, the most abundant component of the skin and bones.
Helps heal wounds and metabolize fats
There are groups of people who are at greater risk of suffering from a vitamin C deficiency: smokers, athletes, pregnant women, children, breastfeeding women, and also people under stressful situations, under treatment with certain medications, etc.
Other nutritional properties
We have said that this fruit is a good source of B vitamins: vitamin B1 (thiamine) has an important role in carbohydrate metabolism and is essential for normal growth and development and helps maintain the proper functioning of the heart, system nervous and digestive; vitamin B2 (riboflavin) plays an important role in energy metabolism and is required in the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids; Regarding vitamin B3 (niacin), it eliminates toxic substances from the body and participates in the production of some hormones; vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is essential in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Finally, vitamin B6 (pridoxin) increases muscle performance and energy production.