Soursop Leaf Tea for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
It seems like every other day, there’s some new-fangled weight-loss product on the market. If you’re trying to shed a few pounds (or more than a few), this can be incredibly frustrating. You need a supplement that’s safe, natural, and effective.
One of the topics receiving the most buzz lately is soursop leaf tea – a drink made from the leaves of a tropical fruit.
Many health bloggers and fitness gurus have been talking about its beneficial effects on weight loss – but what is soursop tea, and how does it work? Does it really help with weight loss?
Today on the Freshly Rooted Tribe blog, we’re going to dive into this history of soursop leaves, their benefits, and how their tea can aid in weight loss.
First Things First: What Is Soursop Leaf Tea?
Scientifically referred to as “Annona muricata,” and locally known as “guanabana,” soursop is a fruit that grows in the tropical regions of the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean. It boasts a prickly green shell, similar to a cactus, with white, creamy flesh inside.
Soursop’s skin and seeds are inedible, but the citrus-like flesh can be used in various dishes or eaten on its own. In addition, the fruit’s leaves are known for their immunity-boosting benefits, especially when brewed into a healthy tea.
Ancient practices used soursop leaves as a fertility drug, treatment for illness, insecticide, and much more. However, it is currently most popular for strengthening immune systems and potentially helping with safe weight loss.
The fruit’s flesh tastes similar to a mango, banana, or pineapple. However, when its leaves are used to brew a tea, it embodies a more subtle, musky flavor. Most find the tea very mild, and some add other natural flavors to it for a more noticeable taste.
Although it is referred to as tea, soursop leaf tea is not a “tea” in the traditional sense. It is not made from the leaves of a Camellia sinensis plant, and it is entirely free of caffeine.
How High-Quality Soursop Leaf Tea Is Made
Soursop tea is brewed by taking fresh or dried soursop leaves and boiling them in hot water. Typically, three to four young leaves are enough for one serving – otherwise, the tea can be too strong.
After the leaves have been boiled, the tea should be left to steep for another 10 to 15 minutes, then served. Some drinkers choose to mix the tea with other flavors, such as green tea or matcha, but this is optional.
At Freshly Rooted Tribe, we prepare our soursop leaf tea in biodegradable bags, ready for easy use. You’ll find that our high-quality soursop tea leaves have a smooth, subtle taste – but powerful benefits.
Now, let’s talk about how soursop tea influences the human body and can help with weight loss.
How Soursop Tea Helps With Weight Loss
Like almost any tea, soursop leaf tea is an excellent source of hydration and nutrients. Rather than turning to coffee loaded with sugar or caffeinated sodas, drinking soursop tea is an easy way to increase your water consumption while ingesting important vitamins and minerals.
Specifically, in regards to weight loss, soursop tea has been found to:
1. Boost Metabolism and Help Burn Fat
Soursop (Graviola) contains a high combination of B vitamins, known for optimizing the body’s metabolism. This can lead to more passive fat-burning and provide the body with extra energy, which helps with efforts to exercise and stay active.
It is also believed that the dietary acids in soursop, including linoleic acid, stimulate metabolisms and encourage bodies to burn additional fat.
Additionally, a 2019 study in the Nutrients journal found that extracts of Graviola leaves helped reduce body weight in obese mice over the course of 12 weeks. These overweight mice also experienced healthier cholesterol levels while ingesting the soursop extracts.
2. Promote Good Gastrointestinal Health
Alongside boosts in metabolic rates, soursop tea may also help regulate the microflora of the intestines. This can be a significant factor in many people’s weight loss battles – especially if they struggle with gastritis, gastric ulcers, or other digestive concerns.
The good balance of minerals and vitamins in soursop can help prevent constipation, indigestion, cramping, and bloating – all of which can make losing weight extra challenging.
3. Help Reduce Appetite and Cravings
Another reason that soursop is associated with weight loss is its high fiber content – up to 83% of your recommended daily allowance. Fiber helps fill you up and feel full for longer, which helps those attempting to maintain a caloric deficit in order to lose weight. It also promotes regular digestion and prevents constipation.
Furthermore, guanabana leaves have also been found to reduce food cravings – especially in those who eat when they feel anxious, stressed, or unhappy. The tea helps keep drinkers’ blood sugar levels stable, which decreases cravings for salty, sweet, or unhealthy foods.
Although soursop leaf tea alone will not solve all of your weight problems, it can be a powerful supplement to a healthy diet and exercise program. We highly recommend talking to your doctor about developing an effective plan for using soursop tea on your journey to a healthier weight.
This brings us to our next point: how often and how much soursop tea you need to reap its physical rewards.
How Often Should You Drink Soursop Tea to Lose Weight?
As with any supplement or new habit, it takes time to begin seeing how soursop tea influences your body and helps with weight loss. You’ll need to implement this as a regular part of your daily routine – likely for weeks at a time.
Our recommendation is to begin with one cup of soursop leaf tea in the morning, preferably before eating breakfast.
For one to two weeks, observe any changes or impacts you feel in your body. Soursop can impact different people in various ways, so it’s a good idea to dip your toe in the water and pay attention to what your body wants and needs.
If you have had one morning cup for a couple of weeks and want to push the healing benefits of soursop tea, you can add a second cup later in the day.
Many Freshly Rooted Tribe customers choose to drink one cup before breakfast and their second cup while preparing dinner.
Should you decide to drink up to three cups of soursop tea per day, consider planning your servings around your regular meal times. For example, drinking a cup 30 minutes before you usually eat ensures you’re working with your body’s natural digestion cycle, which can help maximize the tea’s weight loss effects.
Are You Ready to Lose Weight With Soursop Tea?
Although tea is not the only popular form for ingesting soursop, it is one of the best choices for those looking to shed extra weight.
By drinking one to three cups a day, Freshly Rooted Tribe customers can safely reap the benefits of the fruit – without majorly changing their diets or habits.
If you decide to try soursop leaf tea for weight loss, start with one cup per day from a producer that uses high-quality leaves and no additional chemicals. You want to know you’re buying an authentic product made solely from natural, trusted ingredients.
Freshly Rooted Tribe’s Soursop Leaf Tea
Freshly Rooted Tribe’s organic soursop tea leaves are hand-packed in 15 biodegradable tea bags. All of our leaves are sourced directly from Grenada – which is currently the only country in the world that does not have a pest problem jeopardizing its soursop fruit trees.
Learn more about our soursop leaf tea by browsing our website. We test for microbes, pesticides, heavy metals, and many other contaminants to ensure you receive natural products exactly as nature intended. If you’re ready to give it a try, place your first order today.
For more information on soursop’s benefits or to ask questions about our other products, give us a call at (707) 361-9372. You can also send us a message online or browse our health blog for resources.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. We’re more than happy to help your family lead a happier, healthier life with the right products.