10 Unexpected Side Effects Of Graviola June 16, 2015

If you have heard of Graviola, then you must be aware of the plethora of benefits it offers! The plant, which has gained popularity as a miracle remedy for cancer, does cure a lot many other ailments as well.

But then, you might not know that Graviola has certain side effects also. And just like any other ingredient out there, some of the side effects of Graviola fruit can be fatal. Though its effectiveness is yet to be proved, people are still embracing this alternative treatment plan without knowing its side effects.

Want to know what the side effects of Graviola are? Continue reading.

What Is Graviola?

Graviola, or soursop is a broadleaf, flowering perennial tree native to Mexico, Cuba, and Central America. All its parts, including the leaves, fruit, and even the stem are used to make medicines. It belongs to the custard apple family but has a citrus flavor. It is said to be a cross between pineapple and strawberry.

The benefits of Graviola include treatment of bacterial infection, parasitic infection, cough, inflammation of nose and throat, herpes, induction of vomiting and even curing cancer. The effectiveness of this fruit on these diseases lacks scientific proof. But we know for sure that Graviola has plenty of side effects!

[ Read: Side Effects Of Soursops ]

Graviola Side Effects:

Still confused? Check out these Graviola fruit side effects before you decide to use it:

1. Can Cause Parkinson’s Disease:

The supporters of soursop say that the annonaceous acetogenins present in it can help combat the cancer cells since they may “potentially” have chemotherapeutic effects. However, a study published by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center warns against it use. The study states “alkaloids extracted from Graviola may cause neuronal dysfunction and degeneration leading to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.”

2. Can Lead To Low Blood Pressure:

Graviola also causes dilation of blood vessels and low blood pressure. Although this is beneficial for those with high blood pressure, those without hypertension should be careful while taking this fruit.

3. Can Lead To Poisoning:

Graviola bark contains anonaine and anoniine, which are high in hydrocyanic acid. It is a colorless substance, which is considered poisonous.

4. Causes Nausea:

Consumption of large amounts of Graviola can cause sedation, nausea and vomiting.

5. Danger Of Toxicity:

The consumption of Graviola leaves as herbal teas can also cause toxicity.

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6. Drug Interaction:

Avoid the use of Graviola if you are taking anti-hypertensive, vasodilators, cardiac depressant drugs, anti-depressants or MAO inhibitors. The effect of the fruit can either increase or decrease the effect of these drugs.

7. Kills Good Bacteria:

Long-term use of Graviola can kill the useful bacteria in the digestive tract.

8. Can Cause Miscarriage:

Graviola consumption should be avoided by pregnant women as it can cause premature uterine contractions.

9. Causes Constipation:

A concoction of Graviola is used to treat dysentery. If ingested by those without dysentery, it can cause constipation and dehydration.

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10. Works As A Hallucinogen:

Those who consume large amounts of Graviola not only experience nerve changes, but also suffer from hallucinations. Now, hallucinations aren’t something that you want, do you?

The bottom line is that Graviola may indeed be a miracle remedy for numerous ailments. But it is yet to be approved by any known scientific research center. It may take years of trials before accepting it as a mainstream cure for any disease. Be sure to understand the risks before you decide to use this fruit as a natural remedy for any disease. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

These are some of the Graviola side effects that you should beware of. Do you know any of other benefits or harms of consuming this fruit? Drop us a line and let us know!

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