Health Benefits of Shawachop (Soursop) Fruit

Shawachop (Soursop) is a tropical fruity which has a thick prickly flesh with sweet soar taste. Most Nigerians pronounce it as “shawa chop”, it is eaten in its raw form by most people. This fruit has many health benefits and few of them are below.

For Eye

Soursop is filled with antioxidants. These antioxidants, especially vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene, have been found to decrease the risk of eye disease. The antioxidants also reduce oxidative stress, which can otherwise cause cataracts and other eye related issues.

Boosts kidney and Liver health

The acetogenins in soursop can kill the malignant cells of 12 types of cancer, with liver cancer being one of them.

Improves hair and skin health

The extract of soursop leaves can help prevent skin papilloma, a disease that causes tumour eruptions on the skin. The leaves of the plant are used for calming the skin of babies. Its paste can work wonders for hair, it is used for treating dandruff and itching, and strengthening hair as well.

For Infection

It can treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites. The leaves of the soursop tree are also used to treat a wide range of infections.  The leaves are squeezed to bring out the liquid extract of the leaves which is medicinal and can be taken either orally or applied to the infected area.

Treats Ulcer

It is also found to have antiulcer properties. The fruit suppresses oxidative damage and preserves the mucus of the gastric wall. The significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit can help improve gastrointestinal health.

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Soursop Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

By Jennifer Purdie, M.Ed Updated on August 11, 2021

Medically reviewed by Richard Fogoros, MD

The unusually shaped soursop fruit—it looks like an oversized strawberry that crossbred with an apple and grew thorns—is native to Central and South America, and is a popular, sweet delicacy there. Soursop tastes like a combination of strawberry, pineapple, and citrus.

A member of the custard apple family, the fruit comes from the Annona muricata broadleaf evergreen and is known for its health benefits, which may include reducing inflammation, improving the immune system and easing digestive symptoms.

Soursop Nutrition Facts

One cup of soursop pulp (225g) provides 149 calories, 2.3g of protein, 37.8g of carbohydrates, and 0.7g of fat. Soursop is an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA.1

Calories: 149

Fat: 0.7g

Sodium: 31.5mg

Carbohydrates: 37.9g

Fiber: 7.4g

Sugars: 30.5g

Protein: 2.3g

Vitamin C: 46.4mg

Potassium: 626mg

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