10 Health Benefits of Soursop (Guyabano)

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Did you know that soursop can prevent UTI? Find out what this exotic spiky fruit is loaded with that can help prevent this infection including the other health promoting goodness it has to offer.

If you haven’t tasted soursop, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Its heart-shaped green spiky exterior may probably don’t look appetizing. But when you eat its luscious creamy white flesh, your taste buds will feast on the delicious combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus notes contrasting with an underlying rich flavor reminiscent of coconut or banana. In the Philippines, it is believed to be good against internal parasites. But whether it’s effective or not, the many nutrients its loaded with has so many health promoting goodness to offer.

For every cup (225 g) of pulp, here’s how nutritious it is.

1.       Prevents UTI (Vitamin C-77% DV)

Soursop is an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient which increases the acidity level of urine, resulting in decreased number of harmful bacteria that may be present in the urinary tract. Other high vitamin C fruits include guava, kiwifruit, papaya and strawberries.

2.       Prevents constipation (Fiber-30% DV)

Go natural! Let this fruit’s rich fiber content be the solution to problems in bowel movement.

3.       Prevents leg cramps (Potassium-18% DV)

It contains half the potassium in bananas. Lack of potassium, together with magnesium, calcium and sodium (also known as electrolytes) in the body can cause muscle weakness and cramping.
4.       Prevents water retention (Magnesium-12% DV)

Women who experience water retention before their monthly period would benefit from the soursop’s rich magnesium content. It may help alleviate this annoying premenstrual symptom.

5.       Helps the body produce energy (Thiamin-11% DV)
Feeling a little tired? Eat soursop! It can supply the body a good amount of thiamin, the B vitamin which is needed in aerobic energy production, the process when oxygen is used to help convert sugar into usable energy.

6.       Keeps bones healthy (Copper-10% DV)

It is loaded with the trace mineral copper. Calcium contributes only about 25% to the prevention of bone loss as magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper are also equally crucial for healthy bones. Zinc and copper boost the effectiveness of vitamin D, which promotes the absorption of calcium.

7.       Boosts good cholesterol levels (Niacin-10%)

Worried about your cholesterol? Fresh fruits and veggies are the perfect choice! Soursop is a good source of niacin, a vitamin which studies show has significant benefits on levels of HDL, the good cholesterol

8.       Prevents pregnancy complications (Folate-8% DV)

This spiky fruit contains folate. Studies have proven that folate intake during pregnancy prevents deficiency in pregnant women. A lack of this mineral during pregnancy may contribute to birth defects and pregnancy loss.

9.       Helps prevent anemia (Iron-8% DV)

It can provide iron which prevents the common blood disorder anemia – a condition in which the blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells. RBC is responsible for the distribution of oxygen to the body tissues, giving the body energy.

10.   Helps prevent migraines (Riboflavin-7% DV)

Headache? Try soursop! It has riboflavin. Several studies have shown that high riboflavin intake helps prevent migraines.

Soursop is one of the top fruits high in sugar. Eating too much may also contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease due to its very high concentration of annonacin.

* Nutrient data source: USDA


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36 thoughts on “10 Health Benefits of Soursop (Guyabano)

    thecla son said:
    September 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    great information.hope everyone reads this.

    Shashi said:
    December 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Sour sop has curative effect on heart diseases like Hypertension also.

    wilbert cacafranca said:
    January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    i am a filipino and we use to have a tree of soursop/guyabano/singkokarabaw as we call it. as a child am not fun of eating it and with not much information available during the early teenage days (1986) am rude enough to show my friends that am eating apples instead of this power fruit. We dont even care to pick it up and wash it once it will fall to the ground due to overriping cause we consider it as waste and yucky to taste but then again as the years gone by we have found out the Philippine archipelago is full and abundant of tropical fruits that can help you feel good, live healthy and perhaps cure certain deseases naturally by just chewing, driking or savouring the whole piece of those tropical fruits. we can easily toss a seed infront of our house or at the back yard on monson months and after days or weeks you will have your vegetable or tree to look after with for future fruit picking trips with enormous health benefits. i wish the government will boast agriculture and concentrate on high potential harvest that can be benefited by the FILIPINOS and perhaps share it to all human beings in this planet….

      Sarlin said:
      July 15, 2012 at 5:44 am

      I agree. The phillipines is rich with natural resources and that is why there shouldn’t be a reason for all the hungry people there. The government has to work for the people to make their peoples’ lives better.

    clare brown said:
    January 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Wao, awesome discovery! And the taste is awesome. Always loved it but didn’t know of such health benefits. Thanks.

    Eban veronica said:
    January 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    love da fruit.though it looks ugly on d outside,its creamy inside…hmm ma best fruit.

    Kurdapya Alivio said:
    February 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Guyabano is also good at deworming kids and adults. I remember when i was young they asked me to eat the guyabano, and there they go…..

    Thecla Wilkie said:
    February 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This fruit is definitely a life saver, especially it’s effectiveness in combating cancer related diseases. Nature has indeed equipped us with natural ways of dealing with unnatural disasters!

    Jann M Kamal said:
    February 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

    My soursop tree is producing fruits. Waiting to pluck it this weekend. Love the fruits very much… Cannot wait to taste it….

    Senona Gabunada Bussey said:
    February 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Now I have to eat my soursop that in my freezer long time ago. Thanks for this information

    Neil said:
    March 4, 2012 at 4:34 am

    this fruit is 10 000 times more power than chemotherapy in curing cancer

      Henry Lim Tin Weng said:
      April 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

      I am a colon cancer patient has performed chemotherapy in last year (2011) CAN I eat soursop at present moment?
      Can I take the unripe soursop ?
      Thank you, hoping to get a reply .

    Jaja Ernest said:
    March 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Iam very impressed with the record of sursop.Please keep it up

    J.Mohan said:
    March 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hi. I am J.Mohan; I need a tree like this, because this is some what cures cancer too; i have some cancer patients in my country. i need to plant this. can anyone see this could u plz send some seeds of this through courier. Kindly help me to save some valuable lifes which are getting ends up in cancer. Mail me to reachmohan.ms@gmail.com / reachmohan_ms@yahoo.com / j.mohan@deltaenergies.com; Thank You

    Milton Lopes said:
    March 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Hi folks i live in Istanbul Turkey. How can you help me out on geting the leaves and the fruit.
    One love

    Shuarau Daud said:
    April 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Its a revelation of an all inclusive natural remedy to common ailments and human needs for a healthier living.

    Steven said:
    April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    It is true by drinking of a glass of soursop juice daily can lower blood pressure as published in many articles

      October 8, 2012 at 11:51 am


    D said:
    May 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    It is quite delicious, and it does show potential as a medicine for cancer. Caveat emptor, however: there are also a few studies indicating that it may promote Parkinson’s Disease owing to certain acetogenins (specifically, annonacin) being present in high quantities in the fruit. Perhaps it should be consumed in moderation.

    Clifton Jong said:
    May 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I eat it every day. Wonderfull fruit we get it fresh here in Aruba. Just fron a tree behind my house.

    Planet Venus said:
    June 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Hey! I was really amazed by the health benefits a person may get out from eating Sour soup or Guyabano.. Em a fan of this fruit and I always enjoy eating this without having known it can contribute something good in my body.. I was so happy. Nice Information!

    catherine said:
    June 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Interesting never know sour sop is a healthy fruit and medicine for lot of illness knowledge is power

    Adegbola josiah said:
    July 31, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Its really true i tested its leave and i have very sound sleep.

    monica ess said:
    August 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    in GHANA it is called aluguntugui and we love it but never knew of the benefits. thanks for the knowledge

    Odedina Abiodun said:
    August 9, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I am enjoying the fruit despite that I am using it to curb cancer which is proving better

      October 8, 2012 at 11:59 am


    rex said:
    September 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Guayabano or Babana as we call it in Iloilo is one of my favorite fruits. My late mother also loved it. It’s our indigenious “ice cream”. When I was in Manila I never missed having osturized Guayabano at a Rustan’s supermarket corner. The fruit is great. I’m happy it has many health benefits. Let’s urge our government to promote its planting and whole-scale production at lower and affordable price. But of the greedy capitalists know about it, let’s beware. better, let’s plant Guayabano in our own backyards. — Rex

    rex said:
    September 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

    correction: “…But if the greedy capitalists…”

    norma de sagun said:
    September 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I like this

    paul ivan ganapin said:
    October 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    yeah it benefited me. i used to have constipation. i eat 4 to five times a day, but there are times that i go to the toilet once a day only or worst after two days. its great that there are also soursop powdered juice with the mixture of wheatgrass that i discovered available in the market. im using it, and i wanna share it with you guys. +63-9997438-601

    JErry said:
    October 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    GOD is watching everything I say & do so I come to you in pure love & I believe every you will be in the house of GOD as this is his plan, it is his vision for the new Earth. We are his people, we eat his fruit, be pray in his name, we treat others as GOD has treated us. We forgive our enemy as we forgive our friends & GOD has promised in the darkest hour, it will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Can you imagine in your mind the Earth as GOD has vision which we call heaven ? then I suggest when you eat the fruit of the LORD, hold the fruit in your hand & if it’s in liquid form imagine the fruit tree in heaven & as you hold it in your hand.. feel the LORD’s love, see in your mind heaven which awaits you then drink this powerful creation of GOD & imagine every cell in your body recharging in love & light & anything evil within you has been placed in the hands of the father & imagine your entire being wrapped in white light then thank the LORD for this awareness he has given you on this day. Your brain is a direct link to the father, your happy thoughts is that of the LORDS & your unhappy thoughts is the lesson placed upon you from the LORD as the father has spoken, the creating force of anything & everything. Let us now pray to our father & call upon the LORD as we are the children fully protected in his love & all we have to do is call his name & by doing this GOD will hear the love in our hearts & lift our spirits & our faith in the LORD grows. GOD bless every one of you as GOD has watched me write to you & I know by doing this, I have for this moment be judged by this good deed to the people of the LORD & when I die, I shall have many good things to share with the father. GOD is my LORD & SAVOR.. join me & share with the world GODS vision.

      Kanwal said:
      February 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

      Soursop is good for high blood pressure & waterretention

    teresita c.gonzales said:
    October 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    it is one of my favorite fruit shake but knew nothing about it’s health benefits. I was only searching what possible herbal supplement I could give to my diabetic husband and I was surprise to find out that this particular fruit would surely help us a lot.

    foluso said:
    December 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Soursop fruit is what i started drinking through of my Old uncle, in 1996, i love that fruit soo muct but i did not konw that its very Powerful, even i use to put it in the refrigerator before eating and drinking the water, Generally our Almighty God is kind.

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