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Get the Facts on Graviola

By October 21, 2013

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One natural remedy gaining attention as a possible cancer-fighter is graviola, a substance sourced from a tree found in rainforests in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Sometimes called "soursop," graviola appears to inhibit inflammation (a process closely linked to the development of certain cancers). However, there's some evidence that compounds found in graviola may damage nerve cells and - in turn - contribute to the development of movement disorders similar to Parkinson's disease.

While preliminary research suggests that graviola may help slow the growth and spread of pancreatic cancer cells and breast cancer cells, more research needs to be conducted to determine whether graviola is safe for human consumption. For help in strengthening your cancer defense, try following a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and making sure to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D (a nutrient thought to possess anti-cancer properties).

Read on for more about graviola.

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