Soursop is also known as graviola. Parts of the fruit are used medicinally, including its leaves, fruit and stems. Experts have conducted several researches that have shown the numerous benefits that our body can reap from this superfood.
Soursop For The Heart
A cup of soursop has a whooping 626 milligrams of potassium and 47 milligrams of iron. We need to be aware that potassium and sodium go hand-in-hand. A body with low potassium levels often means that is has a high sodium level and this translates to high blood pressure (1).Potassium is an important mineral in our body. Greater intake of it is necessary for proper functioning of the muscles and nerves, synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates. In addition to these, having a potassium rich diet can help keep blood pressure in a healthy range as it eases the tension in the walls of our blood vessels and helps our body to get rid of sodium (2,3)
A whole soursop fruit offers approximately one-third to one-half of our recommended daily allowance of potassium.
The extract from the soursop leaves also contain alkaloids like anomurine, reticulin, and certain essential oil constituents which has been found to possess antihypertensive activity (4).
There were also several studies showing that soursop leaves do not only help in lowering down triglycerides and LDL cholesterols but also help in reducing the accumulation of fat in our body and thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases (5,6).
Soursop fruit is eaten raw by cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. The size of the fruits ranges and can be quite large that’s why it would be better if we divide it into a few portions.
Aside from its fruit, soursop tea can also be consumed. It is made from the leaves of the soursop plant.
Eat the fruit itself once in a while and make sure you don’t eat the seeds, as they’re toxic.
If you eat soursop or drink soursop juice, limit your consumptions to 1/2 cup a couple of days a week. Stop consuming it right away if unusual symptoms or changes in the body movements are noticed.
Other Foods That Can Help Save Our Heart
Aside from soursop other foods that can help lower our rick of cardiovascular diseases are as follows:
- Fresh herbs like thyme sage, rosemary and oregano
- Black beans as they are packed with fiber, folate, antioxidants, and magnesium
- Salmon and tuna due to its richness in omega-3s
- A small handful of walnuts and almonds
- Orange has a cholesterol-fighting pectin
- Cherries are packed with an antioxidant called anthocyanin
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