Soursop is a delicious fruit of the Annona Muricata, an evergreen flowering plant with broad leaves and flowers. It is native to tropical regions of America and belongs to the Annonaceae family, and in the same genus, Annona as cherimoya. Soursop smells like pineapple, and has a combined taste of strawberries and apple, with a touch of citrus fruit.
Soursop has many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc, and provides many health and beauty benefits. However, there are some side effects of overeating too many soursops.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Soursop
Some major side effects of soursop are as follows.
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
The laxative properties of dietary fibers in soursop improve bowel movement, relieve constipation, and provide relief from gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc.
However, too many dietary fibers are bad for our digestive health as they interfere with the absorption of nutrients from our food and increase the risk of diarrhea, abdominal pain, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, and other gastrointestinal problems.
Consuming a high-fiber diet without drinking plenty of water can increase the risk of constipation as fibers absorb excess water from the intestines and harden the stool.
To stay safe, eat soursop and other fiber-rich fruits in moderation.
(2) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
Vitamin C, vitamin E, and other antioxidant compounds such as phytonutrients and polyphenols, etc in soursop protect our cells and tissues from free radical damage.
It reduces the risk of several cancers such as colon cancer, abdominal cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and intestinal cancer, etc.
Antioxidants also provide many other benefits such as strengthening immunity, improving cholesterol levels, helping with detoxification, promoting cardiovascular health, and so on.
Free radicals are unstabilized ions that stabilize by stealing electrons from neighboring molecules, and doing so causes oxidative damage to them.
But, in excess amounts antioxidants not only target the cancer cells but also the healthy cells around them.
High doses of vitamin E increase the risk of Prostate cancer and Hemorrhagic stroke.
As per a study by the National Cancer Institute, smokers who took beta-carotene supplements were more likely to develop lung cancer compared to another group.
Eat soursop in moderation, and if you are already taking antioxidants, ensure that your total antioxidants intake ( from all sources) is within the limit.
(3) Soursop Allergy
In some individuals, soursop may cause allergic reactions such as itching, burning sensation in the mouth, swelling of lips and tongue, etc.
Avoid soursop if you are allergic to them.
(4) Soursop During Pregnancy And Nursing Period
Soursop is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc.
These compounds play an important role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds in soursop protect the fetus from free radical damage.
Because of its low glycemic index, soursop regulates blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
Folate in soursop promotes the brain development of the fetus and reduces the risk of neural tube defects like Spina Bifida.
Other nutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, and B vitamins, etc in soursop also play an important role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
However, dietary fibers in soursop may cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc when consumed in excess.
Excessive consumption of soursop may stimulates uterine contractions and increases the risk of premature labor or miscarriage.
Soursop may interact with the medications prescribed by the doctor during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor before adding soursop to your routine to make sure there is no food-drug interference risk.
Nursing mothers should follow the same precaution and have a word with their doctor before adding soursop to their diet.
(5) Avoid Soursop With Coq10
Vitamin C, vitamin E, and other relevant compounds such as phytonutrients and polyphenols, etc in soursop protect our cells from free radical damage and reduce the risk of various cancers.
Soursop also reduces the supply of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) to the cancer cells.
ATP serves as a powerhouse/ power storage of the cells and is the energy currency of the body.
When cancer cells don’t get enough ATP, they start dying and stop further propagation.
However, avoid soursop with Coq10 supplements as they are known to enhance ATP production. Any gain obtained by reducing ATP supply to the cancer cells gets neutralized by the enhanced ATP levels.
(6) May Cause Movement Disorder
Annonacins in soursop increase the risk of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
Eat soursops moderately to avoid the risk.
(7) Increases The Risk of Neurotoxicity
Tea made from leaves and the stem of the soursop calms our nervous system, reduces stress, and provides many health benefits.
However, prolonged use increases the risk of neurotoxicity due to the presence of long-chain fatty acids known as acetogenins.
Have soursop in moderation, and take regular breaks from soursop from time to time.
(8) May Interfere With Antidepressant Medication
Soursop calms our nervous system and provides relief from stress and depression.
However, they may interfere with the functionality of antidepressants.
If you take antidepressants, avoid soursop or eat them after consulting with your doctor and ensure there is no risk of food-drug interference.
(9) Increased Risk of Infections
Soursop provides many health and beauty benefits as they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and dietary fibers, etc.
However, soursop contains fungal pathogens and excessive consumption of soursop may increase the risk of yeast infections and fungal development in the body
This article provides general information about the topic and is not be taken as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice, treatment, and/or diagnosis. Always consult with your doctor before trying out any of the remedies/recipes suggested in the blog post.
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