Is sour sop, or the fruit from the graviola tree, a scam?


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According the Hoaxorfact, the only scam associated with soursop is the claim that it is a miracle cancer cure. Soursop is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, from parasites to cancer, and there is evidence that soursop and extracts made from the fruit do have anticancer properties, according to research conducted at Virginia Tech, which concluded that soursop inhibited the growth of breast and pancreatic cancer cells.

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Studies of soursop use in humans have yet to be conducted, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America acknowledges that studies suggest extracts of soursop have anticancer properties but agrees that human studies are needed before the extracts can be embraced as a cancer treatment. MSKCC states that soursop extracts have also been shown to have antiviral, antiparastic, astringent, antiplatelet, antidiabetic and antihyperglycemic properties in vivo and in vitro. Taken internally, it is used as a laxative and to treat bacterial infections, herpes, coughs and parasites, according to WebMD, and used topically to treat arthritis.

Soursop is an evergreen tree also known as graviola, Brazilian paw paw and guanabana. The leaves, fruit, seeds and stems can all be used to make folk medicines, according to WebMD.

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