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Nowadays, more and more people are turning into natural remedies hoping that it will help them get better. Soursop is one of the herbal remedies that is currently getting a lot of attention worldwide. However, anyone interested in using this herb should take time to check out the common side effects of soursop that they may experience.

Soursop is a very strong herb that most people believe will help in curing cancer or the least slow down its track. The fact is, there is no cure for cancer yet, but there are effective remedies to help keep things in control. In the last decade, this fruit has been introduced in the market and people are buying left and right.

Even if the Food and Drug Administration may approve graviola or soursop as a medication for cancer treatment, the study result for this subject are still premature, and show some potential alarming side effects. Many online sites selling graviola as nutritional supplements claim it has no side effects, compared to synthetic drugs. Sure, it does not cause hair loss but scientists gave warnings about soursop and as such, one should weigh the pros and cons carefully before taking soursop supplements.

According to the 2002 journal entitled ‘Movement Disorders’, it revealed that the high rate of West Indians suffering from a Parkinson’s-type of motor disorder is possibly due to high consumption of soursop. However, the study did not use human subjects but only cultured neurons. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center warns that considerable human research is important for the medical community to notify the public regarding the benefits and side effects of soursop.

One of the major problems with guanabana is its potential interactions with other medication that you may be taking. For instance, it has possible interaction with antidepressants. Conditions involving nerve function like Parkinson’s disease may aggravate with taking high dosage of soursop supplement. Having said this, make sure you check with your doctor before taking graviola.

People suffering from heart disorders or those taking antihypertensive medications must refrain from soursop. While its main side effect is that it can lower blood pressure levels, it may cause drug interaction if you are taking medications for high blood pressure. Those with a lower set blood pressure level should think twice before taking this herb.

Soursop can be used as an emetic. A large dose of soursop juice can make some people to throw up. Nausea and vomiting may occur if the person has a sensitive stomach. Other cautions with taking graviola include its effect on pregnancy and breastfeeding. Graviola can stimulate the uterus and may cause premature uterine contractions. It is better to avoid this herb when breastfeeding.

Just like any other herbal remedies, always consult your physician before taking it. Each person is unique and may react to food and herbs differently. Be equally cautious if you are pregnant or nursing. These side effects of soursop usually manifest when there is over consumption or over dosage of the herb. There is no ideal dosage as of today, but most people find 500 to 600 mg of soursop capsule per day enough to maintain health. Many people were able to respond to this herb positively without experiencing too many problems in the end.


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