Sour Sop-cancer cure vs parkinson scare tussle?

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Sour Sop is one of Malaysia’s favorite fruit trees planted in the backyard garden. The Chinese call it the westerner durian. The Malays call it ‘Durian Belanda”. Today, this fruit has continued to fascinate and intrigue people from all over the world because of its cancer fighting properties found in the fruit and leaves. This fruit is the most sought after for preventing all types of cancer and tumors. The fruit contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, C & A, calcium, iron, protein, fats, carbohydrates, fructose, zinc, potassium, magnesium, thiamin, copper,selenium, niacin, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, and fiber. The ‘Annona Muricata’ fruit tree has received worldwide attention and prominence following the leak that this plant could be the answer to cancer. In the local scenario, there is an increased demand for this fruit with prices going up higher than imported fruits, indicating an increasing consumption of this fruit. What is worrying is the trend that people are starting to take herbal teas prepared from the leaves of A. muricata tree without medical opinion. We are concerned. It is traditionally not a Malaysian practice to do so. Our ancestors never recommended it. The leaves of sour sop contain a high concentration of annonacin, the major acetogenin found in sour sop apart from two major alkaloids reticuline and coreximine. Annonacin is measured at 15 mg per fruit in other countries and 0.14 micrograms in a cup of infusion or decoction. We are worried what had befallen the people in the Caribbean region would happen to our people. In a French West Indies study, mice were administered by intravenous infusion (3.8 & 7.6 mg per kg per day for 28 days) with purified annonacin from sour sop juices and infusion or decoction prepared from the leaves of annona muricata. The mice developed lesions on their brains and showed symptoms of parkinsonism. The conclusion of this study revealed that annonacin induces neurodegeneration and brain damage in the mice. This study seemed to suggest a close association and link between atypical parkinsonism among a cluster of population in the Caribbean region with their excessive and continuous consumption of the fruit and infusion or decoction prepared from the leaves of annona muricata. The sour sop cancer cure phenomenon has caused much excitement among the people to eat more of the fruit to prevent cancer. The parkinson scare has brought much anxiety and fear about the risks of consuming this fruit excessively and continuously. It is true that there had never been a problem with eating sour sop in the past. Never was there any link with parkinson disease then. Today, with the sudden interest in the fruit and increasing consumption thereof, it is wise to take note of this study and be cautious. Annonacin has been identified as a potent anti-cancer compound. No similar test has been carried out on a human being because of toxicity. Annonacin is believed to be a neurotoxin which can cross the blood-brain barrier. In another study to test the neurotoxicity of annonacin, reticuline and coreximine, extracts taken from the sour sop root and bark were added to primary neuronal cultures .After 24 hours, 50% of dopaminergic neurons degenerated with 18 microg/ml totum, 4.3 microg/ml (13 microM) coreximine and 100 microg/ml (304 microM) reticuline. Cell deaths stopped with the withdrawal of the toxins after a short term exposure. Annonacin also reduced the survival of non-dopaminergic neurons. Glucose, galatose, fructose and mannose could not protect nor prevent cell death. Increasing the concentration of deoxyglucose in this culture stopped neuronal cell death. This study suggested that alkaloids from A. Muricata can modulate the function and survival of dopaminergic nerve cells in vitro. Traditionally the leaves were used to treat head lice and used as a sedative to induce deep sleep in other countries. The seed, bark and roots had been used as insecticide, pesticide and fish poison. The bark contains the alkaloid muricine. The bark also has a high concentration of hydrocyanic acid. Small amount of this acid is found in the leaves, roots with a trace in the fruit. We should not be plucking the leaves and making tea out of it. We should not be eating the bark and the roots. It is poison. Tea products made from the leaves, bark and roots should not be allowed to be sold to the public. It will bring harm to our people and as such should be banned. The fruit should be consumed in moderation and as infrequently as possible.
We love our people,
We do not want harm to come upon them.
We love our country.
We love our nation.
God bless Malaysia.

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Many sites on the internet advertise and promote graviola capsules as a cancer cure but none of them are supported by any reputable scientific cancer organisations.

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