26 June 2023

Wow! Not only the fruit, soursop leaves have many health benefits

By Patty


– Soursop is a fruit that comes from Mexico, South America. Spread of soursop plants (Annona muricata Linn) in Indonesia is almost evenly distributed throughout Indonesia.

The existence of this soursop plant is said to have been brought by shopping invaders when they colonized Indonesia. Not only the fruit, the part of the soursop tree besides the fruit that can be used is the soursop leaf.

The ingredients in soursop leaves include flavonoids, steroids, phytosterols, potassium oxalate, alkaloids, murisin, and essential oils.

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Here are some of the properties of soursop fruit and leaves for health.

1. Lowers Blood Glucose Levels

Flavonoid compounds in soursop leaves are secondary metabolites that have a hypoglycemic effect. The mechanism of flavonoid compounds in the body is to inhibit glucose absorption, increase glucose tolerance, provide stimulation like insulin, increase glucose uptake, and increase glucose uptake in peripheral tissues.

Soursop leaves are effective for reducing blood sugar levels because they contain active compounds of flavonoids and tannins which are antidiabetic.

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2. Cancer Treatment

Generally, cancer treatment is done with chemotherapy. However, did you know that besides killing abnormal (cancer) cells, chemotherapy also kills normal cells? Well, it’s different with chemotherapy. As an herbal remedy, soursop leaf boiled water will only kill abnormal cells. Therefore, herbal treatment using soursop leaves can be used as an alternative cancer treatment.

3. Reducing Uric Acid Levels

Uric acid is classified as a metabolic disease due to increased levels of uric acid in the blood. One of the factors that causes gout comes from excess uric acid metabolism.

Diseases of uric origin in the long term can be treated by taking drugs. However, the use of chemical drugs in the long term has an impact on the physiology of the human body.

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