Guyabano Benefits According to the DOST
In a 2013 news released by the DOST, they said that guyabano is packed with carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins B1, B2, and C. They also mentioned that the fruit is rich in flavonoids, phytochemicals that have the potential to prevent the growth of viruses and allergens. Interestingly, flavonoids may also have the ability to inhibit carcinogens, agents that can trigger cancer1.
What do scientific studies say about guyabano and cancer?
1. Guyabano is rich in Acetogenins, potent anticancerous agents
One report established that soursop contains high levels of Acetogenins, which they isolated in the seeds, leaves, bark, roots, and fruit2.
You see, Acetogenins are potent inhibitors of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-oxidase (NADH oxydase), which is contained in the membranes of cancer cells.
2. It may have cytotoxic effects in cancer
Having cytotoxic effects means something can kill cells. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy, for instance, are considered cytotoxic cancer therapies.
In one study, the researchers discovered that guyabano has potent cytotoxicity against cervical HeLa cancer cells3.