Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Can Soursop Prevent Cancer?

Dear Dr. Walt,

A couple in our church are promoting Soursop as a cancer preventive. They claim studies show it works, but that pharmaceutical companies don’t want people to know about it. I figured you would tell me the truth.

—Looking for Prevention in Mississippi

Dear Cancer Evader,

I had not heard of soursop, so I contacted the doctors of pharmacology at the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

They tell me, “Graviola, or soursop, is a small evergreen tree that is indigenous to tropical South and North America and produces a large, heart-shaped, edible fruit that is sold commercially.”

However, “there is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of graviola,” especially for preventing or treating cancer.

Furthermore, and of most concern, it may actually be harmful. NMCD says, that it is likely unsafe when taken orally as it may cause movement disorders, similar to Parkinson’s disease. In addition, tea made from the leaves and stems of graviola is associated with brain and nerve toxicity.”

So, what are the best ways to prevent cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, the three best strategies are:

  1. don’t use tobacco,
  2. eat a healthy diets,
  3. maintain a healthy weight, and
  4. be physically active.

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