Soursop is a delicious fruit of the Annona Muricata, an evergreen plant which is known for its broad leaves and flowers. This plant is said to be native to the tropical region of America. It belongs to the Annonaceae family, and in the same genus, Annona as cherimoya. It smells like pineapple, and taste like a combination of strawberries and apple, with a little touch of citrus fruit. Soursop is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibers, etc. and presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for our health, and as well as for our skin and hair. However, it should be noted excess consumption of anything is bad and the same holds true for soursop. Consuming soursop in an excessive quantity can give rise to numerous side effects, and in this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many soursops in detail.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Soursop
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Regular and moderate consumption of soursop has been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and aids in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of soursop is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them. The dietary fibers present in the soursop acts as a natural laxative which means it improves bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of stool from the system. This helps in providing relief from constipation and as well as aids in the treatment of various gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, etc.
Although dietary fibers are good for our digestive health, it is advisable to consume them in moderation. This is because excess intake of dietary fibers has been found to give rise to problems such as poor absorption of nutrients by the intestines, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, bloating, flatulence, etc. Dietary fibers are known to absorb excess water from our system and this property helps in the treatment of diarrhea. However, too much of dietary fibers in our system, without drinking adequate water may increases the risk of dehydration in the body, giving rise to problems such as indigestion, increased risk of constipation, diarrhea and muscle cramps, etc.
(2) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
The soursop fruit is a wonderful source of many antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, polyphenols, flavonoids, and alkaloids, etc. and presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for our health.
The antioxidants and the relevant compounds present in the soursop fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, and thus reduces the risk of various cancers. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our system. As these are unstabilized, so in order to attain stabilization, they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and while doing so, they cause oxidative damage to them. Antioxidants are also found to be useful in the proper elimination of toxins and other impurities from our system, and thus reduces the burden from our vital organs like liver and kidneys.
Additionally, they also provide numerous other benefits such as strengthens our immune system, improves cognitive functions, improves the cardiovascular system and so on.
Although antioxidants are so beneficial for us and provide a number of benefits, it is advisable to consume them in moderation.
This is because it has been found that a high level of antioxidants in our system can do more harm than the good. As per a research study conducted by the National Cancer Institute, it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements in excess for a prolonged period of time were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who avoided beta-carotene. Another study conducted by the office of the dietary supplements found that a high level of vitamin E in our system can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke in our system.
This negative effect of antioxidants is because of the way antioxidants interact with the cells of our body. When antioxidants are taken in moderation, they only target the free radicals responsible for increasing the risk of cancer. However, when antioxidants are in excessive quantity, they not only target the free radicals but also starts targeting the healthy cells around them and in a way, starts causing oxidative damage to them, thereby increasing the risk of cancer.
(3) May Develop Allergic Reactions In Some Individuals
Soursop is a wonderful source of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. and presence of these compounds make soursop very beneficial for us and provides a number of health and beauty benefits.
Although soursop is good for us and provides numerous benefits, not everyone can enjoy these benefits.
This is because it has been found that some individuals might be allergic to the soursop fruit and these individuals should avoid eating soursop at all cost. This will reduce the risk of allergic reactions associated with the soursop fruit. Some common allergic reactions that may arise by consuming soursop are itching, burning sensation in the mouth, swelling of lips and tongue, etc
(4) Soursop During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Stage
Pregnancy is an important stage in the life of every woman, and at this stage, it becomes very important for the woman to make sure that she is having a diet full of essential nutrients like minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. and soursop helps in achieving the same. What a woman eats or drinks at the pregnancy stage not only determines her health, but also the health and wellness of the baby developing in her womb.
This benefit of soursop is mainly due to the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. in them. The antioxidants and the relevant compounds like phytonutrients and polyphenols etc. present in the soursop protects the uterus from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals and thus helps in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
They are also effective for better elimination of toxins from our system and aids in keeping our vital organs like liver and kidneys healthy.
Presence of other nutrients like vitamins and minerals etc. provides nourishment to the mother and the baby developing in her womb and thus maintains a healthy pregnancy.
Although soursop is beneficial during the pregnancy stage and provides a number of benefits, it is advisable to be on the safe side and consume soursop in moderation and after having a word with your doctor about the same. Certain medications taken during the pregnancy stage might interfere with the soursop, and it is better to avoid the risk and talk to your doctor about the same.
Along with the pregnant women, nursing women should keep an eye on their soursop consumption as too much soursop may cause stomach discomfort like gas, bloating, flatulence, etc. in the breastfeeding baby.
(5) Avoid Soursop With Coq10
Soursop is a wonderful fruit that aids in reducing the risk of various cancers such as breast cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, etc. This anti-cancer properties of soursop are mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C and relevant antioxidantal compounds such as phytonutrients and polyphenols etc. in them.
The antioxidants present in the soursop fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, and thus reduces the risk of various cancer(s). It also has the ability to reduce the supply of Adenosine triphosphate to the cancer cells.
The adenosine triphosphate or ATP are known as the power source of the cells. All the energy that is required by our cells and tissues are provided by the ATP as they serve as a powerhouse/ power storage of the cells. When the cancer cells stop getting proper supply of the adenosine triphosphate ( aka Energy) they start dying off as they don’t get energy for further propagation.
Although soursop is good for reducing the risk of various cancers, there is a point of concern. It has been found that nutritional supplement like coenzyme Q10 is responsible for enhancing ATP. As Coq10 enhances the production of ATP so the whole point of reducing the supply of ATP to the cancer cells get neutralized by the enhanced level of ATP.
For this reason, it is advisable not to take both soursop and Coq10 supplements together.
(6) May Cause Movement Disorder
Eating soursop can lead to the development of movement disorders.
Another reason to consume soursop in moderation is that of their ability to increases the risk of movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease etc.
(7) Increases The Risk of Neurotoxicity
Soursop has been found to be very beneficial for providing a number of health and beauty benefits because of the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. Not just the soursop, but also the tea made from the leaves and stem of the soursop provides numerous benefits, however, prolonged use can increase the risk of neurotoxicity.
(8) May Interfere With Antidepressant Medication
Soursop has been found to be not so beneficial for the individuals who suffer from depression and take the antidepressant to deal with the same. This side effect of soursop is mainly because of its ability to react with the antidepressant medicines in a negative manner, and thus negates the benefits of antidepressants.
(9) May Give Rise To Infections
Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. soursop provides a number of benefits for our health, and as well as for skin and hair. Although there are numerous benefits of soursop, it is advisable to be on the safe side and consume soursop in moderation as excessive intake of soursop is known to increase the risk of yeast infection, and fungal development in the body.
(10) May Cause Uterine Problems
Another side effect of consuming soursop in excessive quantity is its ability to stimulate uterine contractions. This is even more important for pregnant ladies as this side effect may increase the risk of premature labor or miscarriage.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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