Guanábana – One of Nature’s Miracle Fruits

by Francisco G. Gómez


Guanábana leaves in the middle of all the fruit.

I just got back from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico last week and I must say that the natural course of life presents many undesirable events that lead to a greater understanding of why those events ever happened at all. I was on the island because a loved one died after a long and debilitating illness. That illness could have been managed and perhaps even cured with organic approaches to eating and health, but I could never get that individual to see how wholesome and live foods were the solution to her health problems.

Doctors and the medical establishment have distorted the truths about health so much and for so long that sick people listen with an unbending ear, even when they know that they’re in the last stages of life. Gullible people will take that last shot of insulin or dose of chemo because it might prolong life one day longer and because traditional practices of medicine endorse it. Holistic and alternative approaches to disease seem alien and primitive to those that accept the medical establishment’s well orchestrated pharma commercials, and as we might surmise, they’re in league with the American Medical Association.

Anyway, these are truths that most knowledgeable and informed people have taken the time to study and evaluate. And, if unhealthy and healthy individuals alike would take the time to understand their bodies and the signs, signals and alerts that are given well before disease sets in, then they could easily control or even reverse their physical afflictions.

Guanábana FruitEnter the miracle fruit Guanábana (Annona Muricata), better known as Sour Sop in the English language. The latter is less than appealing to the ear but very powerful in its efficacy. In a study published in the Journal of Natural Products in 1996, compounds extracted from the Guanábana seed proved effective in fighting colon cancer because of its cytotoxicity to the affected cells. Adriamycin, a well know drug prescribed by doctors sympathetic to big pharma was found to be 10,000 times less potent than Guanábana. Breast, prostate, liver cancer and a few other types of cancers are also susceptible to the miracle fruit. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Guanábana when taken produces no negative side effects like most chemo prescribed drugs.

Just recently a health care worker that takes care of a neighbor of mine who is sick with Alzheimer’s disease came to my home because she heard that we love herbs, plants and trees that have curative properties. She explained to Angela and me that her mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that has spread throughout her body. Angela had just gotten a batch of fresh Guanábana leaves that her nephew had brought back from the Caribbean. She gave them all to the care worker and explained the process of preparing the leaves to make a concoction that her mother could drink as an alternative to chemo therapy. In just one month of taking the Guanábana mixture, the mother’s cancer has gone to stage 3 and she is feeling much better without all the side effects she experienced with the chemo. I too brought back leaves from my recent trip to the island and have given her more so she can continue to help her mom.

In Cuba we learned to make delicious refreshing shakes from Guanábana. You can go to any Cuban restaurant, and if their menu is legit, Guanábana shake will be on it. In Puerto Rico their is a pleasure refreshment called “limber,” it is made in an ice cube tray from many different types of fruit and flavors, one of them being Guanábana. The milk is extracted from the fruit and prepared in a mixture with ice. Some people even say that just swallowing the seeds produces curative reactions in the human body.

The Universe generates an incredible force, strength, power…call it what you will, that maintains all living things and is responsible for the continued evolution of the same. Inquisitive people throughout the ages have called this force magic, essence of creation, chi, meditation, prayer and several other things. They have even anthropomorphized it in an innumerable amount of gods, spirits, demons and other unearthly entities. But, it seems that there is no real name to describe this force that does what it does in such a perfect way.

I remember my mother always told me to bless my food before eating it; she said it would go down better and nourish me, no matter what type of food it was. It appeared that she was right at the time, given all the crap I ate as a young man. Much later I learned that the blessing was in the way the food was grown, harvested and consumed. Don’t get me wrong, I still go to the diner every now and then and remember what mom told me to do; I better!

Nature provides all the healing substances we need to maintain good health and even reverse disease. The problem is that we have placed too much faith in modern medicine and have stepped away from age old remedies. The medicine woman/man has almost completely disappeared along with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom he/she possesses. Perhaps it’s time to be less trusting of the bill of goods we are sold, and look at how we can use organic foods that abound in Nature as a method of prevention and cure for disease.

Guanábana may not be for everyone, but it certainly can’t hurt for those individuals who have been unfortunate enough to contract such debilitating diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. And, for those who find themselves in good health, it probably could complement the other positive things an individual is doing right to maintain homeostasis. After all is said and done, it’s worth a try!

UPDATE: Where to Find Guanábana / Soursop


Guanábana – One of Nature’s Miracle Fruits — 25 Comments

  1. What an awesome article you have written, Francisco! I use essential oils, and people have so much suspicion when I suggest they use them. It’s funny how science and conventional medicine want to monopolize healing by making us suspicious of nature. They have created such an illusion about the foundations of their medicine, which are compounds extracted from plants and from nature. Medicine has become a testimony to the man’s ability to crack a fraction of nature’s healing code, and this egoic approach has filled conventional medicine with hubris, a disregard for suffering and a disconnect from our life-giving Source. Now, people have drank the cool-aid they trust a laboratory or a pill more than they trust a plant, nutrition or the undergirding Life-Force to heal them. As author Gregg Braden says, science works when we keep it humble and connected to the truth.

    • Without a doubt, Renessa! We give up too much of ourselves to the medical establishment and big Pharma, when in reality they have taken nature’s healing truths and turned a pretty penny through their exploitation and selfishness. Pacha Mama has all the answers…Francisco

  2. Great article about a wonderful fruit. I once smuggled one from Antigua to JFK, took the risk because it’s such a great fruit.!!

  3. I was just diagnosed with breast cancer if possible I would like to find out where in the U.S. I can get Guanabana and the recipe thank you

    • Hi Mary, I’m not a medical doctor and I don’t make it a habit to prescribe usage of nature’s gifts. I suggest you seek out a Caribbean herbalist or visit a local botánica if there is one in your area. From either the herbalist or the people who work in the botánica you should be able to acquire the information you seek! Be positive and persevering in your search, and above all never give up hope!

    • You can buy the plant everywhere in South Florida nurseries … eat the leaves all day long until fruits grow. Costco even sells the plant for $24.99 about 4-5 ft tall.

  4. My wife is at stage 4 with ovarian cancer and the NHS wish to give her a further course of chemotherapy along with radiotherapy, we are resisting and trying alternative therapies. my wife is taking wheatgrass juice daily and partly switched to a raw food diet to strengthen her immune system. she is also taking sang hwang which is mushroom used in the far east for various ailments including cancer ( she has been taking it for 10 days now and quite a lot of the pain has subsided). I am trying to acquire some guanabana fruit and leaves and have been promised some in a couple of weeks. My supplier is a carribean food distributor but he has no idea on how to use it as a medicine. Can anybody help us with suggestions on how to use the plants and leaves. My email address is

  5. Asmi, please read my message to Mary! In addition to what I said in that message I would like to say that I believe you are taking the correct steps in using alternative methods of healing for your wife. Raw “organic” whole foods are definitely key in reversing many debilitating diseases. I would suggest also the care of the mind. Yoga, and above all, meditation are of paramount importance when dealing with pain and suffering. These healing arts are alien to many of us here in the West, however, very learned and wise individuals have been generous enough to share them with us. Individuals who have experienced these incredible healing systems have learned that control of the mind is key in the process of healing! Good luck to you and your wife in your search…peace and blessings! Francisco

  6. Very good article, thank you!! I know that the best benefit is to have the fruit in our hands. Some local botanica stores have the Guanabana in caps, would still be beneficial to us?

  7. A few months ago my second cousin was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. It had spread to esophagus and intestines and was given a slight chance of beating it. So a friend of our family told us about this fruit and how it would help kill the cancer cells. He ended up having to be connected to a portable chemo machine because they wanted to attack the cancer very aggressively. Well after two months of having the fruit brought in from mexico he went back to the oncologist to have a check up and the results that came back were amazing! The cancer was gone all he had was three tiny spots that later turned out to be fatty tissue. Through out his chemo therapy he did not lose his hair nor did he ever have nausea as a matter of fact her had an incredible appetite. The Dr.s were amazed at how he recovered they thought that the chemo worked extremely well on him. Little did they know it was the fruit that got him through it. They will never acknowledge the power that this fruit has because they will never be able to make money off of it. All they do is harm your body with medications that end up giving you more problems so they end up prescribing other medications thanlt harm you amd the vicious cycle never ends. Organic and natural cures is the way to go because you know what exactly is entering your body. 🙂

  8. Hola saludos:
    Yo tengo diabetes y quiero saber si la guanabana cura la diabetes o solo la previene o de que forma ayuda acontrolar el azucar en la sangre.
    Mi esposa le da una alergia de estornudos y no hemos podido encontrar eso. hay algo que le controle esa alergia? La guanabana le puede ayudar en esta alergia?

  9. Saludos Luis,
    La guanábana trabaja muy bien al nivel celular. Desconozco si esto es cierto en cuanto las diabetes. Te recomiendo que leas todo lo que puedas sobre la canela; conozco personas que han tenido mucho exito con la canela por las propiedades medicinales que contiene, que controla la azucar. Tambíen te recomiendo que hagas cita con un médico que practica medicina naturopático. Recuerda tambîen que los alimentos que consumes tienen que ser orgánico. La meditación es sumamente importante en el tratamiento de las diabetes porque no todo que altera la azucar tiene que ver con la comida, si no con las emociones.

  10. Me agrada mucho que pese a ser un blog en ingles, hayan comentarios de ayuda apara hispanos referente a los beneficios y bondades de esta fruta milagrosa que para tantas cosas que ayudan a la salud humana sirven. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con todas.

  11. Disculpe que el blog sea en ingles, pero se trata de tiempo en traducir el contenido. Puedes hacer las preguntas que quieras y le contestaremos lo mejor posible. Tenemos planes de hacer el blog bilingue en el futuro. Gracias por su comentario.

  12. Where can I buy these leaves. I don’t want the dried ones, as I do not think they’ll have the same benefits. I grew up eating this fruit, and my mother used to make juice and include the pulp in it. It was sweet and delicious. I live in Atlanta.

    Thank you.

  13. Hey I’m new here. I’m not positive if this is the appropriate place to post this, but I’m wondering if anyone has tasted Athletic Greens for their green drink? I’m discovering most either taste gross or cause my stomach to churn.

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