Soursop Smoothie

by Dr Melissa West on July 13, 2013

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The health benefits of Soursop Fruit

: Soursop fruit is rich in fiber and is high in vitamin C, B1, B2, phosphorous and calcium. There is evidence that soursop fruit inhibits the growth of human breast cancer cells. This research was done in vitro, however the effect has not been studied in humans. A lot of people are calling soursop fruit ten thousand times more effective than chemotherapy. As I did more research into this as well I found an article where it was explained that “cancer is not one disease, it is a spectrum and even within one kind of cancer there is not one cure that fits all.” In laboratory studies soursop extract has been shown to kill some types of liver and breast cancer cells that are resistant to certain chemotherapy drugs, but there haven’t been any large scale studies on humans.

Soursop fruit comes from Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Carribean, Brazil, Peru and Venezuala. The flavour is described as a combination of strawberry and pineapple with sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana. Today we’re going to make a juice with the soursop fruit, but it is also quite common to make an ice cream with it as well. Perhaps another day! icon smile Soursop Smoothie

Cautions:

There is also a link between a highly atypical form of parkinsons disease and soursop fruit – however as I looked into this further – that was from consumption of the seeds.The compound annonacin contained in the seeds of soursop is a neurotoxin and it seems to be the cause of a neurodegenerative disease. The only group of people known to be affected live on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and the problem presumably occurs with the excessive consumption of plants containing annonacin. The disorder is a so-called tauopathy associated with a pathologic accumulation of tau protein in the brain. Experimental results demonstrated for the first time that the plant neurotoxin annonacin is responsible for this accumulation

Stevia is a great sweetener, thanks to Roger and his comments on Google plus about me always using agave or maple syrup for encouraging me to look into this sweetener again.

Soursop Smoothie Recipe:

1 Soursop fruit
2-5 cups of water
juice of a lime
1/2 tsp nutmeg
vanilla stevia to sweeten
1 cup of coconut milk

Directions: Peel the soursop fruit and remove the seeds. Cut the fruit in half and remove the stem and seeds. Blend the soursop with 3 cups of water and remaining ingredients in your blender.

  • Barb38

    I have never heard of or seen this fruit in any market….what would be an alternative to this?  I love all of your smoothies, Melissa, but due to lack of the fruit, I’ll have to skip this one.  Sorry.  xoxoxo

    • http://www.melissawest.com/ DrMelissaWest

      Barb38 Dear Barb, this smoothie really was to showcase the soursop fruit and show you what to do with it. The reason being is that it is touted as having so many health benefits (especially the one about being 10,000xs more effective than chemo therapy). Because it is a fruit of the Caribbean, perhaps a Caribbean food market. It was funny because I couldn’t even find this in China Town in Toronto! I am finding that this is the difference between the American melting pot and the Canadian Culture which allows every culture to keep their own cultural traditions. Nowhere is this more obvious than the grocery store! I can get fruit from all over the world at my No Frills grocery store which is our local discount grocery store – the cheapest of the cheap! But guess who shops there? People from all over the world who want food and produce from their countries of origin. So, lucky me! Sorry you have to skip this one. Namaste, Melissa

      • Barb38

        DrMelissaWest Barb38 I am so envious of you in regards to the foods you are able to buy.  I just don’t understand why we in the US do not have the same opportunities.

        • http://www.melissawest.com/ DrMelissaWest

          Barb38 Well there are some opportunities you have in the US that we definitely don’t have in Canada – like living in warm climates! :) It is interesting though, I wonder where people from Mexico, Cuba, Central America, the Carribean, Brazil, Peru and Venezuala go to buy their food? Curiously yours, Melissa

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