Soursop Tea: Everything you need to know

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This is your ultimate guide to soursop tea. If you have a question about soursop tea, then fill out our question box at the bottom of the pages to send us a question and get an answer back via email.

Soursop Tea Questions and Answers

Here are our most asked questions about soursop tea (sometimes referred to as graviola leaf tea) and their answers:

1) What is is soursop tea?

Soursop tea is a preparation of dried soursop tree leaves. Shredded soursop leaves are soaked, or steeped, is hot or boiling water, resulting in a slight greenish beverage that is quite pleasant and soothing to drink.  

2) What does soursop tea look like when prepared correctly?

Soursop tea can varying in color from a lime green color to a dark brown. The color will get darker the longer the leaves are steeped in hot water.

3) What does soursop tea taste like?

Soursop tea has a mild herbal flavor that, to some people, tastes like a cross between green tea and vanilla. It is not bitter, but it can get stronger the longer the leaves are steeped.

4) Is soursop tea made of soursop fruit?

No soursop tea is made from shredded or ground dried leaves from the soursop tree. Typicially the leaves are plucked from the soursop tree, air dried, and then sold whole or shredded or in some cases they are ground into course powder (like matcha tea). Sometimes it is put into tea bags for convenience.

5) What kinds of soursop tea products are there?

Soursop tea comes in a variety of different products: They include:

  • Whole soursop leaf
  • Shredded dried soursop leaf 
  • Soursop leaf (ground) sold in single serve tea bags.
  • Soursop leaf powder.

6) Where can I buy soursop tea?

You can buy soursop tea from most online retailers, in health food and supplement stores, and at and

7) Does soursop tea contain caffeine?

There is no caffeine in soursop tea. Read more here.

8) How many calories are in soursop tea?

Soursop tea typically contains zero calories, unless other ingredients or additives are added. Soursop fruit contains 148 calories per cup. Read more here.

9) How do I prepare soursop tea?

soursop tea preparation guide

You can download a free copy of our soursop tea preparation guide which explains how to prepare soursop tea for cancer patients as well as for people who want to consume it for other uses, including casual consumption.

10) How often should you drink soursop tea?

A cup each day that contains one to two tea bags (or 2-3 whole . soursop leaves)  is ideal for those that want to take of soursop's reported preventative health.

Natural medicine practitioners consumer three cups per day with a 10-day pause after 30 days of consumption. See this soursop tea guide for more information.

11) Can soursop tea cure cancer?

The medical community reports there is no conclusive evidence that soursop can cure cancer, due to lack of human studies. However there is intriguing evidence that it may be beneficial. 

There are research studies that support the long held belief, among natural medicine practitioners, that it can be an effective health tool for cancer patients and others that have a variety of ailments and diseases.

There is an often quoted study published by Purdue University that shows it has cytotoxic (cell-killing) effects. That includes chemo-resistant cancer cells.

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This is where claims come from that say soursop tea can be "10,000 times more effective than chemotherapy for killing cancer cells." The study was a done in a lab, so it is not definitive proof that soursop can cure cancer, and claims to the contrary are unsupported by the medical establishment.

Full clinical research (studies on people) on soursop and its anti-cancer effects would have to be conducted to show conclusive proof. 

Regardless, people who consume soursop tea and fruit as an anti-cancer remedy have issued testimonials positing that they were cured by soursop. 

Again, these claims would need to be supported by further medical research conducted on human patients to be proven true by the medical community.

9) Should I consume soursop as a medical therapy?

You should consult with your doctor, naturopath or other primary care health care practitioner before consuming soursop tea or related products to use as a tool to treat any medical condition or disease. 

Note: Information on this page is presented for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice.

10) Can soursop tea help fight bacterial infections?

There have been lab studies that soursop extracts have an anti-microbial effect. See one such study here posted in the Journal of Clinical and Scientific Research 

11) Can soursop tea be used against viral infections such as herpes?

Graviola (soursop)..."is considered an alternative treatment for herpes, but the supporting evidence is still not complete. A 2012 study showed anti-herpes activity with graviola in the laboratory.

12) Does soursop have anti-inflammatory effects? (MNT) reports that: "According to a 2014 study on rodents, graviola has anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve pain. The study's researchers supported graviola's use as a folk remedy for pain and inflammatory conditions." 

MNT also reports: "According to a 1999 study, graviola extract may have antiviral effects against herpes simplex 2 virus (HSV-2). HSV-2 is responsible for most cases of genital herpes outbreaks. In vitro, graviola was toxic to HSV-2 cells. In vitro means outside a living body."

See more here.

13) Can soursop lower blood pressure and blood sugar 

It is suggested that soursop has blood sugar reducing and blood pressure lowering effects. According to, "Studies on animals found that graviola (soursop) may lower blood sugar and blood pressure. Talk to your doctor first before taking graviola if you have diabetes or high blood pressure."

Soursop has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels in some animal studies. In one study, researchers injected diabetic rats with concentrated soursop extract for two weeks. Those who received the extract had blood sugar levels that were five times lower than the untreated group.

In a different study, scientists administered soursop extract to diabetic rats reduced blood sugar levels by up to 75%. See links to the studies for further info:

14) What is the active ingredient in soursop tea?

Soursop is rich with antioxidants, which it is believed help keep people healthy. They include: tannins, saponins, phytosterols, flavonoids, anthraquinones.

It also contains phytochemicals called annonaceous acetogenins (AGEs), which studies show have cytotoxic properties. This means it can kill cells, including cancer cells in tumors.

15) Does eating soursop fruit or drinking the tea have any side effects?

Over-consumption of large quantities of soursop and long-term use can induce side effects including:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Nerve damage and movement problems
    • Neuropathy that leads to Parkinson-like symptoms, such as tremors or stiff muscles.

15) Can I drink soursop tea sweetened with sugar, honey or other sweetener

Yes, soursop tea can be sweetened with sugar, honey or other sweetener. The fruit is often used as part of desserts and sweetening soursop products can enhance their flavor. 

That said, it is recommended by health professionals that those with cancer reduce their sugar consumption. Read more here.

16) Where can I ask a question about soursop not answered here? 

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