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Soursop Tea: Benefits, How To Make & Side Effects

Soursop tea boasts an impressive list of health benefits including its apparent ability to prevent the spread and development of

cancer , lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, protect the skin , aid weight

loss , improve digestion and soothe inflammation. There are also some notable side effects of this powerful tea, such as nausea, vomiting, digestive disorders, hypotension, premature labor, fatigue and some neurotoxic effects. Most of these side effects occur as a result of allergies or excessive consumption of the tea, but care should be taken before adding this tea to your diet, particularly if you suffer from certain health conditions. Speak to your doctor about any potential risks or interactions you may have with soursop tea.

Table of Contents

What is Soursop Tea?

Benefits of Soursop Tea


Heart Health



Weight Loss

Immune System

Skin Conditions

How Do You Make Soursop Tea?

Soursop Tea Side Effects

What Is Soursop Tea?

Also known as Graviola tea or pawpaw tea, soursop tea is derived from the leaves of the soursop plant, taxonomically known as Annona muricata. Native to the tropical regions of the Americas, the fruit of this plant can weigh more than five pounds, but to prepare the tea, only the leaves are required. This fruit has received a great deal of attention in recent years due to its apparent effects on cancerous activity in the body, but research is still ongoing for safety and efficacy of this tea. These effects of soursop are attributed to the presence of alkaloids, acetogenins, other antioxidants,

vitamin A , vitamin B , vitamin C , calcium ,

iron , potassium, gentisic acid, and anonol.

Benefits Of Soursop Tea

Drinking soursop tea is a good idea for those suffering from hypertension, low immunity , inflammation of the skin, acne, obesity, low metabolic rate, indigestion,

constipation , and anemia , as well as those who have been diagnosed with cancer and others at a high risk of developing cancer.


In the past decade, some remarkable research and claims about soursop tea’s ability to cure and prevent cancer have been made. This is largely due to the presence of acetogenins , a powerful group of antibiotics that have been found in this fruit. So far, the studies have shown positive results in connection to throat, lung, breast and cervical cancers, as well as leukemia. These effects range from shutting down the energy production capacity of cancer cells to causing apoptosis in these mutated cells.

Heart Health

High potassium levels and active compounds in soursop tea help to lower blood pressure by a significant amount. For people with hypertension , this is an excellent way to lower strain on the heart and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis , heart attacks, and strokes.


The good balance of vitamins and minerals , as well as anti-inflammatory compounds, can help aid the digestive system and prevent conditions of constipation, indigestion, cramping, bloating and diarrhea . The presence of calcium also helps the body uptake iron more effectively, while the antimicrobial effects of this tea will help balance the microflora environment of the gut. However, in excess, this tea can cause additional stomach upset and digestive problems.


The high level of iron found in soursop tea helps to stimulate the circulatory system and boost energy throughout the body. Iron is a key component of red blood cells, which bring energy to organ systems and tissues, speeding up repair and optimizing metabolic activity.

Weight Loss

This uniquely powerful tea contains a number of B vitamins , many of which are involved in optimizing the metabolism . This can lead to higher passive fat-burning and provides the body with more energy, leading to greater success in weight loss efforts.

Immune System

The vitamin C found in soursop tea can stimulate the production of white blood cells, while also acting as an antioxidant that seeks out free radicals and reduced the chances of oxidative stress in the tissues and organ systems of the body.

Skin Conditions

There are a number of astringent properties of soursop tea that can cause the skin to tighten up and the pores to shrink. This is not only good for mitigating the appearance of lines and wrinkles but also prevents conditions like acne and other inflammation of the pores. Furthermore, the antimicrobial properties of the acetogenins in soursop tea help prevent pathogens and infections from attacking the skin.

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How Do You Make Soursop Tea?

Soursop tea can be easily brewed at home, provided you have access to fresh (or dried) soursop leaves, filtered water and natural sweeteners, such as honey or sugar . Unlike other teas, the potency of these leaves only requires 5-8 leaves to brew 2 cups of tea, showing just how strong and nutrient-dense this beneficial brew can be. While soursop is locally grown in certain tropical parts of the Americas, soursop leaves can be purchased around the world from herbalists, natural health stores, and exotic import stores.


6 soursop leaves (fresh or dried)

4 cups of water (filtered)

1 teaspoon of honey or sugar, if desired

Step 1 – Bring the water to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
Step 2 – Add the leaves and then lower the heat to a simmer.

Step 3 – Allow the mixture to steep for approximately 15 minutes.

Step 4 – Remove from heat and strain into a teacup or teapot.

Step 5 – Add sweetener for taste, if necessary, and enjoy!

Soursop Tea Side Effects

The side effects of soursop tea can be quite intense, and include stomach upset, heart problems, neural issues, and drug interactions. While some of the potential benefits of this tea sound incredible, the risks cannot be ignored, and moderation should be used whenever consuming this tea, or the fruit of the same plant.

Neurotoxic Effects – Research has revealed that there are neurotoxins present in soursop that may be related to Parkinson’s disease symptoms. However, these neurotoxins occur in many different

foods , typically in minimal amounts, and the direct link between neurotoxic effects and this tea remains unproven.

Digestive Disorders – The antimicrobial and antibacterial effects of this tea are remarkably strong, but when used for long periods, it begins damaging the beneficial bacteria found in our gut, leaving the body prone to acidity imbalances, poor digestion and other gastrointestinal problems.

Hypotension – If you suffer from low blood pressure, or are on strong blood pressure-regulating medications, the hypotensive effects of soursop tea can cause dangerously low blood pressure, possibly resulting in weakness, dizziness , fainting and headaches .

Drug Interactions – For people taking antidepressant medication, sedatives, blood pressure pills or drugs for neurodegenerative diseases, speak to your doctor before adding soursop tea to your health regimen, as this could result in drug interactions and complications.

Pregnancy – Under no circumstances should pregnant or breast-feeding women consume soursop tea.

How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy

Fitness headlines promise staggering physical results: a firmer butt, ripped abs, bulging biceps. Nutritional breakthroughs are similar clickbait, with attention-grabbing, if often inauthentic—what, really, is a “superfood?”—means of achieving better health. Strangely, one topic usually escaping discussion has been shown, time and again, to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic animals: reading. 

Reading, of course, requires patience, diligence, and determination. Scanning headlines and retweeting quips is not going to make much cognitive difference. If anything, such sweet nothings are dangerous, the literary equivalent of sugar addiction. Information gathering in under 140 characters is lazy. The benefits of contemplation through narrative offer another story.

The benefits are plenty, which is especially important in a distracted, smartphone age in which one-quarter of American children don’t learn to read. This not only endangers them socially and intellectually, but cognitively handicaps them for life. One 2009 study of 72 children ages eight to ten discovered that reading creates new white matter in the brain, which improves system-wide communication. 

White matter carries information between regions of grey matter, where any information is processed. Not only does reading increase white matter, it helps information be processed more efficiently. 

Reading in one language has enormous benefits. Add a foreign language and not only do communication skills improve—you can talk to more people in wider circles—but the regions of your brain involved in spatial navigation and learning new information increase in size. Learning a new language also improves your overall memory.

In one of the most fascinating aspects of neuroscience, language affects regions of your brain involving actions you’re reading about. For example, when you read “soap” and “lavender,” the parts of your brain implicated in scent are activated. Those regions remain silent when you read “chair.” What if I wrote “leather chair?” Your sensory cortex just fired. 

Continuing from the opening paragraph, let’s discuss squats in your quest for a firmer butt. Picture the biomechanics required for a squat. Your motor cortex has been activated. Athletes have long envisioned their movements—Serena Williams’s serve; Conor McGregor’s kicks; Usain Bolt’s bursts of speed—to achieve better proficiency while actually moving. That’s because their brains are practicing. That is, they’re practicing through visualization techniques. 

Hard glutes are one thing. Novel reading is a great way to practice being human. Rather than sprints and punches, how about something more primitive and necessary in a society, like empathy? As you dive deeper into Rabbit Angstrom’s follies or Jason Taylor coming of age, you not only feel their pain and joy. You actually experience it. 

In one respect novels go beyond simulating reality to give readers an experience unavailable off the page: the opportunity to enter fully into other people’s thoughts and feelings.

This has profound implications for how we interact with others. When encountering a 13-year-old boy misbehaving, you most likely won’t think, “Well, David Mitchell wrote about such a situation, and so I should behave like this,” but you might have integrated some of the lessons about young boys figuring life out and display a more nuanced understanding in how you react. 

Perhaps you’ll even reconsider trolling someone online regarding their political opinion, remembering that no matter how crass and inhumane a sentiment appears on screen, an actual human is sitting behind the keyboard pecking out their thoughts. I’m not arguing against engaging, but for the love of anything closely resembling humanity, argue intelligently. 

Because reading does in fact make us more intelligent. Research shows that reading not only helps with fluid intelligence, but with reading comprehension and emotional intelligence as well. You make smarter decisions about yourself and those around you.

All of these benefits require actually reading, which leads to the formation of a philosophy rather than the regurgitation of an agenda, so prevalent in reposts and online trolling. Recognizing the intentions of another human also plays a role in constructing an ideology. Novels are especially well-suited for this task. A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology found overlap in brain regions used to comprehend stories and networks dedicated to interactions with others. 

Novels consume time and attention. While the benefits are worthwhile, even shorter bursts of prose exhibit profound neurological effects. Poetry elicits strong emotional responses in readers and, as one study shows, listeners. Heart rates, facial expressions, and “movement of their skin and arm hairs” were measured while participants listened to poetry. Forty percent ended up displaying visible goose bumps, as they would while listening to music or watching movies. As for their craniums: 

Their neurological responses, however, seemed to be unique to poetry: Scans taken during the study showed that listening to the poems activated parts of participants’ brains that, as other studies have shown, are not activated when listening to music or watching films.

These responses mostly occurred near the conclusion of a stanza and especially near the end of the poem. This fits in well with our inherent need for narrative: in the absence of a conclusion our brain automatically creates one, which, of course, leads to plenty of heartbreak and suffering when our speculations prove to be false. Instead we should turn to more poetry:

There is something fundamental to the poetic form that implies, creates, and instills pleasure.

Whether an Amiri Baraka verse or a Margaret Atwood trilogy, attention matters. Research at Stanford showed a neurological difference between reading for pleasure and focused reading, as if for a test. Blood flows to different neural areas depending on how reading is conducted. The researchers hope this might offer clues for advancing cognitive training methods. 

I have vivid memories of my relationship with reading: trying to write my first book (Scary Monster Stories) at age five; creating a mock newspaper after the Bernard Goetz subway shooting when I was nine, my mother scolding me for “thinking about such things”; sitting in the basement of my home in the Jersey suburbs one weekend morning, determined to read the entirety of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which I did. 

Reading is like any skill. You have to practice it, regularly and constantly. While I never finished (or really much started) Scary Monster Stories, I have written nine books and read thousands more along the way. Though it’s hard to tell if reading has made me smarter or a better person, I like to imagine that it has. 

What I do know is that life would seem a bit less meaningful if we didn’t share stories with one another. While many mediums for transmitting narratives across space and time exist, I’ve found none as pleasurable as cracking open a new book and getting lost in a story. Something profound is always discovered 


Forget Toilet Seats – The Most Germ Infested Object In Your Home Is Your Towel

Towels are the most taken-for-granted things in our houses. We use them often and neglect them even more. In most houses, hand towels are shared. Towels are used to ‘cleanse’ our hands and bodies. But we often forget about the sanitation associated with the towels. We often forget that towels need to be cleansed as well to keep us sanitized. Nothing is completely free from germs ever. Even a towel out of a dryer is not completely germ-free. So, it is important to know more about our towels.

Towels And Germs

Towels can quickly become a breeding ground for germs as it can retain moisture and this can help germs in propagating without any problem. Researchers have found that towels are the most germ-laden objects in a house. High level of germ infestation is because the towels are generally used by multiple individuals and they sometime come in contact with things like raw meat. According to a study conducted in the University of Arizona, 89% of the total bacteria found in a towel was coliform bacteria and the rest was E. coli. Coliform bacteria is the germ responsible for food poisoning and diarrhea and it is generally found in feces. According to the study author Charles Gerba, we can contaminate our food by touching towels and then we risk infecting ourselves by bringing that hand closer to our mouths. Author further warns that we can infect our family members by sharing contaminated towels with them.

Apart from bacteria, molds can also make comfortable homes in towels. This is more true for people who live in humid climate or near by an ocean or sea. You should take precautions against this as molds of fungi reproduce through spores. These spores can act as allergens after entering our respiratory tracts.

Three elements of towels that can provide a great environment for germs to breed are organic material, warmth and moisture.

Risks Associated With Dirty Towels

Dirty, unwashed towels are the most common mode of microbial contamination. Dermatophytic fungi are the causative agent behind athlete’s foot. This organism can easily survive on a towel and spread contamination to cuts and bruises. Dirty towels can aggravate skin infections. Hence, it is important to follow good hygienic methods for sanitizing our towels.

Towel Management For Good Hygiene

Cotton towels should be avoided in a communal setting. Multiple individuals with varying hygiene using a same towel can provide a great platform for germs to spread and contaminate. In a social setting where multiple users are involved, paper towels and hand drying machine can be ideal solutions. Towels used by single individual should washed regularly. Towels at gyms can be another great place for breeding germs. To sanitize these towels completely, these towels should be washed and dried effectively before using. Drying a towel is a great way of stalling microbial growth. It is also important to remember that keeping damp or dry towels in moist bathrooms will only aggravate microbial growth.

In one study, researchers have found that coliforms, salmonella and E.coli can survive in towels even after drying and can grow again in the presence of moisture. It was found out that soaking clothes in bleach for two minutes helped in getting rid of bacteria more effectively.

Professor Anthony Hilton of the Aston University warns against washing clothes at a low temperature as it might not kill bacteria completely. He mentions that sometimes people prefer to wash clothes at a lower temperature. This might not be a good practice. Since many organisms live inside our bodies, they are not likely to die at 30 degrees. And clothes belonging to sick individuals should be washed at higher temperature.

So, wash your towels regularly or at least once in every three to four days to avoid contamination and diseases.




7 Things You Should Always Keep Secret

Revealing everything about you may complicate your life. There are a few things in your life that are worth keeping as secrets. Talking about your future plans and lifestyle may not be a good idea as some people try to demotivate you. Even your family problems or love life are not worth revealing.

There are a few things in your life that are worth keeping as secrets. When you have a wide network of friends and family, revealing everything about you may complicate your life. You are wrong to assume that every person is a well-wisher. Sometimes, they tend to use the information to weaken you. Hence, these seven things should be kept as a secret in your mind.

1. Your Future Plans

Your ambitious future plan is something you like to share with friends. You expect them to encourage you. But, it may not happen that way. Some of them may discourage you, undermining your potential to achieve it. They make you feel that you are not capable of doing it. At the end of the day, your confidence will be shaken. If you share your business plans or startup ideas, they may even steal them. Keep in mind that there are people in your community who are good at finding faults to demotivate others.

2. Secrets Of Your Friends

Anything said in confidence should be buried deep in your mind. It might be about your friend’s messed-up relationship or a new job offer. Never speak about it. This will betray the trust your friend invested in you. And this is enough to spoil the friendship. Also, don’t gossip. If you have heard unpleasant things about others, which you are not sure of, keep them to yourself. Do not go around spreading the news.

3. Your Family Issues

Fights at home? On the verge of divorce? These issues are never worth disclosing. As you expose family problems, you look weak in front of others. Moreover, these issues become more complex when you discuss them. It might seem harmless when you talk about your partner’s annoying habits. But, in the process, you degrade him or her and if your partner comes to know about it, he/she will definitely feel hurt.

4. Your Love Life

Of course, you feel good when you tell your friends or colleagues about the beautiful date you had with your partner. Yes, it’s quite tempting to boast of the moments with your partner. But, it is not a good habit to share every little detail about your love life. By doing so, the intimacy and privacy just the two of you enjoy will be washed away.

5. Your Charity Work

As a philanthropist, you change lives and you leave a positive impact on so many lives. But if you publicize the charity work, then its value is lost. It may look like your generous deeds are for popularity. Stop praising yourself for your actions.

6. Money Matters

This is a universal fact. Your income and finance should not be a point of discussion. Genuine relationships do not hinge on economic uniformity. As you start discussing income among friends, it may kick-start a competition to decide who earns more. Your hitherto friendship may get smeared with animosity and jealousy. To avoid this painful emotional experience, you should learn to keep this as a secret.

7. Your Lifestyle Secrets

Have you ever thought who sabotaged your new diet or who derailed your healthy eating habits? Well, it might be your friends. Your new diet or healthy lifestyle will last longer if it’s a secret. Trying to be vocal about it, will attract others who are not genuinely interested in your well-being. They may wreck your attempts to embrace a lifestyle that is beneficial for your health. In the same way, your faith and belief should not come up in your conversations. These are very delicate topics, which may pave the way for unnecessary arguments.