The Graviola is an evergreen tree, found in the rain forests of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Its scientific name is Annona muricata. It is also known as custard apple, cherimoya, guanabana, soursop and brazilian paw paw. The active ingredient is thought to be a type of plant compound (phytochemical) called annonaceous acetogenins. The fruits present a beneficial supplement to those suffering from high blood pressure or angina. There is ongoing research proving the benefits and potential for use of Graviola in cancer patients. People in African and South American countries have used graviola to treat infections with viruses or parasites, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, and sickness. Research has shown that graviola extract can help to treat these conditions. The bark, leaves, root, and fruits of this tree are used for making extracts and other forms of traditional remedies.
Caution: Graviola slows down the heart and lowers the blood pressure. Large doses may cause nausea and vomiting. Do not use in pregnancy or lactation, or in the presence of liver, or kidney disease. Do not take in combination with Coenzyme Q10 supplements.
Contraindications: Graviola has demonstrated uterine stimulant activity in an animal study (rats) and should therefore not be used during pregnancy.
Graviola has demonstrated hypotensive, vasodilator, and cardiodepressant activities in animal studies and is contraindicated for people with low blood pressure. People taking antihypertensive drugs should check with their doctors before taking graviola and monitor their blood pressure accordingly (as medications may need adjusting). Graviola has also demonstrated significant in vitro antimicrobial properties. Chronic, long-term use of this plant may lead to die-off of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract due to its antimicrobial properties. Supplementing the diet with probiotics and digestive enzymes is advisable.
Recommended dose: ONE capsule TWICE daily, in the morning and at night.