Soursop, also known as graviola, is one of those tropical fruits little known outside the areas from which it originates, but that begins to gain a foothold in more markets and begins to be seen in the lists of the healthiest foods and that prevent more diseases.
To benefit from its properties, it can be consumed in many ways, but in a today we want to talk about its leaves. Keep reading and know what the soursop leaf is for, its properties and benefits for our body, how the soursop leaf is prepared in tea and also the contraindications it has.
What is the soursop leaf for: properties and benefits
The soursop, both the fruit and its leaf, is one of the so-called superfoods that is becoming popular for being a great ally in the prevention of diseases, because among other nutrients it contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C. Both the fruit and the leaves are full of properties and benefits for our health. Among the main properties of the soursop leaf we can highlight the following:
- Helps in the production of collagen and elastin
Thanks to these properties, the leaves of soursop or graviola have numerous benefits for the body. Once you eat the fruit, remember to keep the leaves as they will bring your body great benefits. These are the main benefits of soursop leaf:
- Improves the immune system by increasing the defenses.
- Among its benefits and medicinal uses, the treatment of eczema stands out, since it relieves pain or itching that it can cause in the skin and desinflama.
- It is a good natural digestive.
- Relieves muscle aches.
- It helps prevent diabetes and reduce hyperglycemia, at which time there are high levels of glucose or blood sugar.
- Improves rheumatism pains.
- It favors the absorption of iron so a frequent medicinal use is to take it in cases of iron deficiency anemia as a reinforcement of the treatment.
- It lowers the tension, so it is used for cases of hypertension, as long as it is taken into account if any medication is taken precisely for it and consults with the doctor.
After knowing this summary about the properties, benefits and medicinal uses of the soursop leaf, you can learn more about what are the properties of soursop in this other post of.
How the soursop or graviola leaf is prepared
The fruit is eaten ripe, in smoothies or juices, for example, and the usual way to prepare soursop leaves for consumption is in tea or infusion since in this way their properties are preserved to the maximum. Preparing soursop leaf tea or graviola is very simple and you only need these ingredients and follow these indications:
- 1 liter of water.
- 10 or 15 soursop leaves (better if they are fresh, but can also be used dry)
- Juice of half a lemon.
- A tablespoon of honey.
Steps to prepare the soursop leaf
- Put a liter of water to boil and, when it reaches its boiling point, add all the soursop leaves.
- Keep on low heat for 30 minutes.
- When the water has been reduced by half, strain the liquid into a cup and wait for it to temper or cool.
- Add the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of honey. They are optional but many people add these ingredients to improve the taste. However, keep in mind that if, for example, you are a diabetic person, you will have to think carefully if you put honey or not to count the dose of insulin.
- Stir so that the lemon and honey integrate well and your soursop leaf tea will be ready to drink.
Contraindications of soursop leaf
Despite their many benefits and properties for the body, soursop leaves also have some contraindications. If you suffer from any of these diseases or are in one of these situations you should not consume graviola leaves or, at least, you should consult your doctor before doing so. These are the main contraindications of soursop leaf:
- Pregnancy and lactation: Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take soursop leaves because it can affect the quality of milk and not all possible effects on the fetus are well known.
- Hypotension: if you have low blood pressure, its consumption is totally discouraged since one of the side effects of soursop is to lower the tension.
- Hypertension with medication: if you suffer from high blood pressure, taking soursop should not be a problem since among its contraindications is to lower the tension, not raise it. The problem is that you can intercede on medications used to treat hypertension so we recommend consulting your doctor if you take medication to control your tension.
- Parkinson's: One of the components of soursop, the alkaloid anonamine can aggravate the symptoms of this disease.
- Diabetes: this fruit has effects on sugar levels and can cause drops in it, so if you are diabetic, you should not consume it without controlling the glucose indexes well. We advise you to consult your doctor since, sometimes, it is recommended to regulate diabetes, it will depend on your situation and degree of disease.
- Other medications: as there are several medications with which these leaves can interfere, if you are taking any medication on a regular basis, we advise you to go to your doctor or specialist who will inform you and solve your doubts and can tell you if the consumption of soursop leaves is compatible with your medication.