Never in the history of fruit has there been one with a name so fun to pronounce. Gwa-nah-ba-na, Gwa-nah-ba-na, Guanabana, GUANABANA, GUANABANAAAAAA!!!! Wow that was exciting! Besides it’s fun sounding name, this fruit, known all over the world, has lately been titled as natures “Cancer Killer,” with some websites claiming that it fights Cancer 10,000 times better than chemotherapy. That’s quite the claim, though it may actually have some basis.
From first glance at the nutritional content of Guanabana, it’s difficult to spot its potency. One cup of pulp contains a good amount of Fiber Vitamin C, and Iron, along with Thiamin, Niacin, and B6 Vitamins. Digging a bit deeper and we find that this Soursop also contains high levels of Magnesium, Potassium and Copper. Looking even further into active ingredients and we find Annona Muricata or Graviola.
Gwa-nah-ba-na, Gwa-nah-ba-na, Guanabana, GUANABANA, GUANABANAAAAAA!!!! Wow that was exciting! Besides it’s fun sounding name, this fruit, known all over the world, has lately been titled as natures “Cancer Killer.”
Graviola has been found to kill certain cancer cells in test-tube studies, though no extensive human studies have been conducted. In addition, some have claimed that Graviola is neurotoxic and may be a cause of an atypical type of Parkinson’s Disease found in the country of Guam. However it’s important to note that many of these people had a long history of using THE SEEDS of the fruit and ROOTS of the tree, in everyday concoctions.
It’s important to read between the lines to figure out what’s going on. Conduct your own research and see what you can find. From our analysis we have concluded that Guanabana, without seeds or bark, is totally safe to eat.
The fruit has a unique look with its green, spiny flesh, and its pure white core. There are tons of seeds in Guanabana and they are always located inside of the delicious pods of fruit that you need. Each pod has to have the seed removed and can be quite a chore for the first timer, with fruit slipping and sliding around.
We like to create a pile of the pulp, sprinkle a little honey on it, and go to town. Juicing it is a great way to mix in other flavors as well. One of our personal favorites from our Calí Juice Wow!! guide is Di’s Guanabana/Maracuya mix. This juice is a little labor intensive, but “vale la pena,” it’s worth the hassle.