Which is better for cancer patients: Soursop fruit or soursop leaves?
Cancer fighters, and people fighting other illnesses naturally, often ask us should they consume soursop fruit or drink tea made with soursop leaves. Which is better?
The answers may surprise you.
Many people who are familiar with the soursop tree and its healing reputation in natural medicine will usually have a strong opinion about this debate.
Those who have easy access to the fruit (because they live in the tropics where soursop grows) will almost always tell you to eat soursop fruit. That is because it is delicious, and fresh and sweet. Who doesn't love to eat tropical fruit, especially soursop?
Soursop tea, made from dried leaves from the tree, meanwhile may seem like a consolation. However the tea has a few secrets that may surprise you.
The research shows that the concentration of the active ingredient believed to help shrink tumors is the highest in the stems and leaves of the soursop tree. The soursop fruit also contains this phyto-compound, however it also is high in antioxidants, including high levels of Vitamin C.
Here is a summary of the great debate and the pros and cons of each method of consuming soursop.
|Taste||Sweet and delicious - cross between pineapple and banana||Herbaceous and soothing with green tea and vanilla flavors|
|Cost||$79 (5 lbs - 1 week supply)||$29.95
(3.5 oz - 1 month supply)
|Shipping||$25 to $95 via 1-2 day air courier such as Fedex or UPS||Free in our store for leaves.|
|Perishable. Requires refrigeration or freezing.||Store in cool dry place as you would with any herbal tea|
|Preparation||Cut fruit and serve or use in fruit smoothie.||Boil water and steep for 4-6 minutes per cup or prep once per day|
|Potency||Active natural phtyo-compound is contained in pulp||Highest levels of active phyto-compound from any part of the tree is found in leaves and stems|
|Where to buy||
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|Buy from soursopstore.com|
The soursop fruit vs soursop leaves Q&A
Soursop fruit or leaves: Which is best on a budgetIf you live in the tropics and the fruit is readily available at your doorstep, most people would say eat the fruit for breakfast and drink the tea with meals. If you live far from a source then soursop tea leaves are your best option for affordable regular consumption. A month supply (approx 90 cups) costs about $30 including shipping. A week's supply of fresh fruit will cost between $100 and $200 including shipping depending on how far you are from the source in the Caribbean or Central America or South America. For example, shipping to Florida addresses for 5 lbs of fresh fruit is $79 for the fruit + $35 for shipping. Shipping to Washington state, New York or California addresses for 5 lbs of fresh fruit is $79 for the fruit + $85 for shipping. (Shipping prices are approximate.)
Soursop fruit or leaves: Which is best for health
The highest concentrations of the phytochemical found in soursop is located in the leaves and stems. The fruit contains this as well in lower concentrations than the leaves and stems, however the fruit is also high in other health-giving compounds such as antioxidants. If money is no object, some people may advise to eat the fruit once per day and supplement with soursop tea. Your naturopath or doctor can provide the best guidance here.
Soursop fruit or leaves: Which is easiest to prepare
Fruit is eaten by cutting out the pulp and eating raw or using as an ingredient in a smoothie. It must be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Soursop tea is made by cutting the dried graviola or soursop leaves into pieces and steeping in boiling water for 4 to 6 minutes. The leaves can be kept in a dry place like a pantry.
Both processes require some effort. On this front time and effort are about equal. Storage is easier with regard to soursop tea leaves.
Where can buy soursop fruit and tea?
You can purchase both products from our online store. Click here
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. You should use this information for research purposes. You should not use this information as a replacement of professional consult with your health care provider.