5 Ways Soursop Tea Can Benefit Your Health
Walk into any health food store and you’ll immediately see the vast variety of herbal products available – especially teas. Everyone’s always looking for the latest drink that will keep their bodies happy and healthy.
Speaking of healthy drinks, we’ve got another contender to add to your list: soursop tea.
It might not be as common as green or chamomile teas, but it does have some amazing health benefits. We want to share some of the research behind this tea and its medicinal properties. Keep reading to learn how drinking soursop tea can help your body, as well as how this tea came into popular culture.
What Is Soursop Tea?
Before we dive into the various benefits of soursop tea, let’s take a peek into the history of this immunity-boosting beverage.
“Soursop” is actually the name of a fruit that grows in the tropical region of the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as in Africa. It’s scientifically known as “Annona muricata” but locally called guanabana, paw-paw, sirsak, among other names.
You might be surprised to learn that soursop is a part of the Annonaceae family – aka, the custard apple family. However, it tastes more like mango or pineapple than it does a traditional apple.
For generations now, soursop has been harvested to produce a variety of items, from cooking oils to soaps and herbal medicines. Ancient practices used it as a fertility drug, treatment for illness, insecticide, and much more.
Today, research continues to support many of the original uses of soursop. Let’s talk about some of the biggest health benefits that modern drinkers can absorb by turning to soursop tea.
1. Boost Your Immune Health
The first and arguably most sought-after benefit is soursop’s ability to build and improve immune systems. Its high level of vitamin C helps fight pathogens while protecting your skin from oxidization damage. Vitamin C isn’t the only antioxidant in soursop. The fruit also contains:
- Phytosterols, which can reduce blood cholesterol levels
- Tannins, which contains antimicrobial effects
- Flavonoids, which regulate cellular activity and fight free radicals
Many choose to drink soursop tea in an effort to ward off illness and defend their body against viruses and bacteria. You can drink soursop as a preventative measure or to help shorten sicknesses like the common cold.
2. Fight Inflammation
Free radicals in your body don’t just cause illness – they can also lead to stress and inflammation. The antioxidant properties in soursop tea don’t just help with your immune health. They also help with chronic conditions caused by inflammation, such as:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’ disease
Even if you aren’t dealing with one of the conditions listed here, drinking soursop tea can relieve tensions and spasms caused by injury or exercising.
3. Improve Digestive Health
The fiber in soursop (up to 7.4 grams per cup) has the potential to ease constipation. It also slows your digestion down and prevents you from craving sugary snacks by maintaining your blood sugar levels. Some research even claims that soursop fights heart disease by lowering high cholesterol levels.
In addition, soursop’s antiviral and anti-parasitic properties prevent intestinal worms and other parasites from infiltrating your GI tract. The fruit’s juice serves as a diuretic, which cleanses the gastrointestinal tract and removes excess sodium that often causes bloating.
4. Stabilize Your Blood Pressure
Soursop contains high levels of potassium (up to 626 mg per cup), as well as a heaping quantity of iron. These ingredients work together to lower high blood pressure levels. Potassium promotes better blood circulation while iron helps regulate a normal heartbeat and tension.
In 2019, a series of clinical studies conducted with 143 test subjects found that those who consumed soursop juice on a daily basis were less likely to deal with prehypertension, hypertension, and abnormally high SUA levels. It also supports the idea that systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels are typically lower in those who ingest soursop regularly than in those who do not.
5. Potentially Prevent Cancer
Finally, we’ll touch on a B-I-G potential health benefit of ingesting soursop tea, but we must state that there are not nearly enough clinical studies or research to fully support this claim. Still, there are many who state that soursop leaves can treat, prevent, and possibly even “cure” cancer.
Why do some believe this? Well, there have been studies (such as this one from 2016) that indicate soursop extract reduces the size of breast cancer tumors. Another study in 2014 found that soursop halted the formation of leukemia cells.
At Freshly Rooted Tribe, we’re not claiming that soursop can treat cancer – but we are saying that there is some evidence out there that indicates soursop can have positive effects when it comes to preventing and stalling the disease.
Try Soursop Tea for Yourself
Considering adding soursop tea to your collection of herbal products? At Freshly Rooted Tribe, we drink soursop tea in our own family. We use organic tea leaves that have a smooth, subtle taste in an effort to strengthen our immunity.
We only sell Freshly Rooted Tribe products that we truly believe in. If we wouldn’t eat or drink it, then we don’t list it on our website. Period.
Check out our soursop tea to learn how it can benefit your own health. For suggestions on how to use it, or to ask questions about soursop products, give us a call at (707) 297-6550. You can also send us a message online or browse our health blog.