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3.03.2012

A Haitian Treasure: Kowosol (Soursop)

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Soursop (Annona Muricata) is a plant found in Central America, the Caribbean and some parts of Sub-Saharran Africa.
I've seen this plant all over Haiti during my travels and only knew it as that yummy, half-sweet/half-sour... oddly creamy massive green fruit....with black seeds. 
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Little did I know that this popular fruit, known as corossol or kowosol in Haitian creole, and as guanabana in Spanish-speaking countries, is known for having incredible health benefits and is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the Caribbean.  The pulp is often eaten directly from the fruit, but it can also be made into a tea or milk (or ICE CREAM) and can form a concentrate by crushing its leaves to form a powder.  What makes soursop a "hot topic" fruit is that it is constantly being researched for its proclaimed anti-cancer benefits.

Benefits:
  • high amounts of vitamins B1, B2, and C
  • mild sedative, diuretic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, etc.
  • there is scientific evidence indicating that soursop's extracts can selectively inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells
  • when consumed alone during periods of fasting, it relieves liver ailments and other impurities
Uses:
  • can alleviate skin eruptions (including eczema, wounds, and poisonous reactions)
  • can prevent UTI's (due to its high levels of vitamin C, which increases the acidity level of urine, which in turn decreases the number of bad bacteria present in the urinary tract)
  • can alleviate constipation due to a high level of fiber

The uses are almost endless. It's known as a"miracle fruit" in many countries in the Carribean. What a fruit! Can't wait to eat this up during my next trip to Haiti (in a few weeks)!

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The "Haitian Treasures" series explores the magnificent benefits and uses of Haiti's natural resources, which I call "Haitian Treasures" because they are truly national gems.   Naïka in Balance is the premiere source for information on the tie between Haiti's natural resources and natural, traditional, and holistic healing.

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*Medical Disclaimer: Though Naïka of Naïka in Balance is in pursuit of a medical degree, she is NOT a licensed health practitioner. 
Naïka believes individuals have the power to make informed health decisions on their own. If you feel that it is necessary to consult your healthcare provider before using any of the remedies mentioned, please do so. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth.

5 comments:

  1. I taste delicious soursop powder with no additives at http://www.FreshlyDried.com, high concentrate, you will love it. Those guys have mango and other fruits and veggies too

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    1. Cool, thanks for the information Irugel!

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    2. We have quenèpe mango blanc mango francik and tamarind

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  2. Thanks for the information. However, every medicine has a side effect or cautionary uses even if it is natural. Can you expound on that side of corossol, as well?

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  3. Hey there,
    This is hard to find in grocery stores. I live in Massachusetts and I can't find soursop (kowosol). Do you have an idea?

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