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Here are 15 benefits of soursop leaves that have a huge positive impact

       Soursop (Annona Muricata) is a species of fruit plants originating from the Caribbean, Central America and South America.This plant is widely grown in the tropics, especially in Indonesia and produce fruit that taste sweet and slightly sour. Not only the fruit, soursop leaves have also been widely used in alternative medicine.
What are the benefits of soursop leaves?
In soursop leaves contain various active compounds including flavonoids, tannins, alcaloids, saponins, calcium, phosphorus, carbohydrates, vitamin A, B and C, phytosterol, and calcium oxalate.
The main compound contained in soursop leaves is annona acetogenins, which is one type of fatty acid. Here are some benefits of soursop leaves that we can get:

1. Relieves fever

        Fever is one indicator or a sign that there is a problem in the body. In the event of a disorder such as inflammation, the body will issue a signal and stimulate the brain to increase a person's body temperature.The rise in temperature is intended to kill bacteria or viruses that cause inflammation. However, a fever can make a person feel so uncomfortable and disturbed that if a person has a fever, he should be treated immediately. Soursop leaves contain active compounds that can lower body temperature and overcome the infection that occurs in the body. When stricken with fever, boil a few soursop leaves with a glass of water for 10 minutes and then drink boiled water in a warm state.

2. Reduce the symptoms of arthritis

     Soursop leaf contains anti inflammatory or inflammatory compounds that can reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Arthritis is a disorder of the joints caused by inflammation and is one of the symptoms of autoimmune disease or damage to the immune system that occurs in the body where white blood cells actually attack normal cells in the body. Drinking boiled water soursop leaves every day can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and pain in the joints.

3. Prevent skin damage

        Soursop leaf is rich in antioxidants that can prevent damage and overcome problems on the skin caused by free radicals. In addition, soursop leaves can also be used to treat skin problems such as eczema and acne. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds on soursop leaves are able to eliminate the inflammation of the skin due to acne and prevent acne leaving a stain on the face. You can eliminate eczema and acne by pounding a few leaves of soursop and apply it to the problem areas of the skin. Perform these treatments regularly for several days and see the results.

4. Prevent and treat cancer

      One of the benefits of unexpected soursop leaves is to prevent and treat cancer. Many studies have proven the effect of soursop leaf extract on the development of various cancer cells in the body. Soursop leaf contains Annonaceous acetogenins compounds that can only be found in the plant family annonaceae. These compounds are phytochemical compounds that have anti-cancer activity. Annonaceous acetogenins work in the body by killing cancer cells and triggering apoptosis or known as the cell's suicidal mechanism. Naturally, damaged body cells in the body will kill themselves in order not to affect other cells, but in the case of cancer, the cell loses control and can not control the division. Not only kill cancer cells, soursop leaf extract is also able to kill tumors effectively by inhibiting the supply of nutrients and energy needed by tumor cells.

5. Prevent and treat diabetes

        Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body loses control of blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels in the body due to diabetes can damage cells and tissues so that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death rates in the world. Diabetes or diabetes can be caused by several factors including unhealthy and genetic lifestyles that cause insulin resistance or impaired insulin hormone function. Insulin is a hormone that works to regulate blood sugar levels in the body to remain normal. In diabetics, insulin can not work optimally because of loss of sensitivity to blood sugar levels. Soursop leaf contains methanolic compounds, streptozotocin which can trigger the langerhans beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin and increase insulin sensitivity to blood sugar levels in the body. Consuming boiled water soursop leaves every day can help diabetics in neutralize blood sugar levels.

6. Overcoming inflammation

         Inflammation in the body can occur due to infection or disorders of the organ system. The active compound in soursop leaves is able to work as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as an analgesic or pain reliever. Therefore, cooking water and soursop leaf extract can be used to cure inflammation, both mild and chronic like inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract such as the intestine and stomach.

7. Treating malaria

        Malaria is one of the diseases caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted through Anopheles mosquitoes. The mortality rate caused by malaria is quite high in Indonesia and if not treated promptly, malaria can be very dangerous. The results showed that pentane extract contained in soursop leaves can kill Plasmodium cause malaria disease effectively. This is why soursop leaves have been used long ago to treat malaria especially in tropical countries.

8. Lowering blood pressure

      Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the risk factors for heart disease. High blood pressure in the body is usually caused due to blood vessels or arteries that thicken and clog the bloodstream.
A study published by Kedari et al in the American Journal of Research Communication in 2014 mentions that soursop leaf contains antihypertensive compounds that can lower blood pressure without affecting the work of cardiac organ. Drinking decoction of soursop leaves every day can help people with hypertension in controlling blood pressure.

9. Treating jaundice

        Extracts of ethanol contained in soursop leaves or A. muricata have a positive effect on the liver.
This compound is able to protect the liver or liver from toxins and free radical effects. In the country of Ghana, soursop leaves have long been used as an herb to cleanse and treat various health problems that affect liver or liver organ such as jaundice or jaundice caused by viral hepatitis. This disease causes the skin and sclera of a person's eyes are yellow due to high levels of bilirubin in the blood. The study says that soursop leaf extract can reduce levels of bilirubin in the blood of jaundice patients.

10. Strengthen the immune system

       One of the benefits of soursop leaves is to strengthen the immune system in our body. Antioxidant compounds contained in soursop leaf can increase the ability of immune cells or immune cells in warding off microorganisms and free radicals that can cause various diseases. In addition, the content of zinc in soursop leaf can also help boost the body's immune so it is not easy to catch the disease. When you feel the symptoms of flu or fever, you can consume boiled water soursop leaves to strengthen your body resistance.

11. Overcoming heartburn

       Stomach ulcers or gastric inflammation suffered by many people today. This disease occurs due to poor diet or a result of infection in the gastrointestinal tract. If left untreated, ulcer disease can cause serious health problems. Soursop leaves contain anti-ulceritis or anti-inflammatory compounds that can inhibit the production of stomach acid, protect the stomach wall and kill bacteria that cause infections in the gastrointestinal tract. Routine consume boiled water soursop leaves can reduce the infection in the stomach as well as relieve pain due to infection.

12. Accelerate wound healing

     A study conducted by Moghadamtousi et al proved that the ethyl acetate and antioxidant compounds contained in soursop leaves are able to accelerate wound healing of the skin. If you want your wound to heal immediately, you just need to pound a few soursop leaves and apply it to the wounded skin.

13. Overcoming depression and stress

       Who would have thought if the leaves of soursop can be used to overcome mental disorders such as depression. According to research, the problem of depression and stress can cause disruption to health and increase the risk of various diseases. Soursop leaves contain compounds alkaloids, anonaine, nornuciferine and asimilobine that serves as an anti-depressant. The compounds are able to inhibit the occurrence of stress and trigger the brain to produce serotonin compounds that can calm the nerves and relieve stress.

14. Lowering cholesterol

    Anti-hyperlipidemic compounds contained in soursop leaves can lower levels of bad fats or cholesterol which in medical language is called Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) as well as increase the level of good fat or High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in the body. Bad cholesterol can penetrate artery walls and cause plaque on blood vessels or known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis or thickening of artery walls can cause high blood pressure and increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

15. Treating diarrhea

       Diarrhea is a digestive disorder characterized by increased frequency of bowel movements and stools. Diarrhea disease is much suffered by the people of Indonesia and is ranked thirteen causes of death in Indonesia, caused by several factors such as parasitic infections such as bacteria Escherischia coli. A study in 2014 mentioned that the extract of methanol contained in soursop leaves can prevent the growth of bacteria and parasites including Escheriscia coli bacteria which is the cause of diarrhea.

Is it safe to consume soursop leaves?

Despite the many benefits of soursop leaf that has been tested, the study also mentioned that soursop leaves can trigger urination or stimulate urine or urine expenditure after consumption. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid soursop stew consumption as much as possible. Consumption of soursop leaf extract or soursop decoction water for a long time can also be bad for health because the antimicrobial compounds contained in soursop leaves can kill good bacteria or normal flora in the body. Consuming too much soursop leaf extract can also cause drowsiness and loss of consciousness. Therefore, it is wise to consume soursop leaves and if necessary consult a doctor first.

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