Graviola, a small evergreen tree, produces heart-shaped, edible fruit. This tree is indigenous to the warmest tropical areas of both North and South America, including the Amazon. Spanish-speaking countries call the fruit guanabana. Similar names are soursop, custard apple, cherimoya and Brazilian paw paw.
The entire graviola tree—fruit, leaves, stem, bark, roots and seeds--has a long history as a natural health solution in many cultures. It has been used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses. Recently, scientists have begun to explore the potential of the bioactive compounds in graviola leaves, stems and seeds called annonaceous acetogenins.
Graviola dietary supplements have become increasingly popular. Its remarkable properties have been the subject of research for more than 60 years. What makes graviola so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.
Because graviola is a promising natural remedy, it only reinforces the importance of preserving the rainforests. If rainforest destruction continues at the current rate, the endangered graviola species will be lost.