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Graviola (Annona muricata) is a small evergreen tree from the Amazon whose leaves are believed to offer immune, circulatory and lymphatic support. Research since the 1940s has validated and expanded understanding of this herb and its unique phyto-nutritional qualities.


Nearly 25 years ago it was discovered that the leaf of the graviola tree contained natural compounds having exceptional cytotoxic activity. In other words, they had a very strong ability to prevent abnormal cellular division.

Some of the active ingredients documented, researched, and verified in Graviola are a group of Annonaceous Acetogenins which are only found in the Annonaceae family to which Graviola belongs. These phytochemicals are being researched around the world for their active biological properties and potential uses

Indigenous Traditional Use: Graviola has a long history of use by Indigenous people of the Amazon Basin who use all parts of the Graviola tree - the bark, leaves, roots, fruits and seeds - for various ailments. For example, the fruit and seeds are used for intestinal health, namely to eliminate intestinal parasites and for stomach and bowel discomforts. Women also eat paw paw (the fruit of Graviola) or drink its juice to increase lactation. Teas are made from the Graviola root, bark and leaves as a sedative and a nerve tonic, as well as to help maintain healthy glucose levels. In other parts of the world, such as the Polynesian Islands, Graviola tea is consumed daily to elevate mood and increase quality of life.
In Brazil, Indigenous people crush Graviola leaves and blend the oozing oil from the leaves with the Graviola fruit. This preparation is used topically for the alleviation of muscle and joint pain.

Scientific Studies -Mechanism of Action Many of the indigenous applications of Graviola have been substantiated by science, and further exceptional properties have been discovered.

First, the nerve tonic, calming and mood elevating properties of Graviola have been demonstrated through several studies. The calming effect on the whole body has been linked to the ability of Graviola leaf extract to help with blood pressure.

In addition, the fruit was shown to contain a serotonin uptake inhibitor. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in the experience of joy. When serotonin is released at the synaptic level, stimulating the post-synaptic neuron, the effect of serotonin is stopped by recapturing serotonin within the pre-synaptic terminal. This process is called "reuptake:' A way of enhancing the "joy system" in the brain and alleviating mood swings is to increase the concentration of serotonin in the synaptic cleft by blocking the reuptake of serotonin. Compounds that block this process are called "serotonin reuptake inhibitors;' commonly referred to as SRI. Several common medications are SRI. Another way to increase the "serotonin joy system" is to consume compounds that mimic serotonin, acting in the brain like serotonin. An extract from the Graviola fruit was shown to contain three compounds that act like serotonin in the brain.

However, the claim to fame of Graviola is its cytotoxic properties, which means its ability to kill cells. Cytotoxic often refers to the ability to kill cells that are not functioning properly and which can put the whole body at risk. More than 34 cytotoxic compounds have been isolated from Graviola.

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