Is graviola a cure for cancer?
Facebook has been buzzing with one story in particular – that of the graviola fruit.
The claims are that this fruit, from Central and South America, can cure cancer. It is allegedly 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.
So where are the claims coming from? Most of the cancer-fighting revelations about graviola originate from studies carried out at Purdue University, back in 1997. The studies have involved mice, rather than humans but “possible cancer-fighting properties” have been detected. However, there is also evidence that graviola can have potentially serious side effects and he results from studies are conflicting.
For example, one study reveals the fruit shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer but another study warns that graviola causes Parkinson’s-like symptoms.
The study that it is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy dates back to 1996, and this study actually uses the phrase “10,000 times the potency of adriamycin.” This was referring to an isolate known as cis-annonacin, a compound which was isolated from graviola seeds.
In the past graviola or the graviola tree in particular, has been referred to as a miracle tree. Indigenous peoples from the Amazon jungle have used the bark, leaves, roots, flowers, fruit and seed for centuries to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis.
Scientists from North America learned of the legendary healing tree and through dozens of vitro tests, said they believed they had discovered its ability to kill malignant cells of 12 different forms of cancer, including ovarian, colon, breast, prostate, lung, liver, cervical, lymphoma and pancreatic. They claim that graviola selectively targets cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched, whereas chemotherapy indiscriminately seeks and destroys all acvtively reproducing cells, even normal, healthy ones.
Many have shared their opinions on graviola, including Dr Andrew Weill, a champion of integrative medicine, combing alternative and traditional practices. He has pointed out that the Purdue study actually used substance from a related tree, the annona glabra or pond apple, as opposed to the annona reticulata. He consulted with another integrative medicine colleague from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and both of them recommended against taking graviola as a supplement.
But anecdotal stories about the cancer-fighting properties of the graviola fruit or sour sop as it is also known, continue to circulate – some as recently as one from Discovery Bay, Jamaica, where one woman claims the fruit cleared her of lymphatic cancer.
It is clear that more research is needed. No-one would be happier than the NaturalCures team to hear the graviola really did have miracle properties in the fight against cancer. Keep watching this space.
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