Graviola - High in Bioactive Compounds
Graviola (Annona muricata) is a fruit-bearing tropical evergreen tree also known as sour sop, guyabano, guanabana, Brazilian paw paw and custard apple. Its edible fruits have a spiny green skin encasing white creamy flesh, which makes a delicious addition to shakes, smoothies, ice cream and sorbets. But it is not just its exotic tasting fruit that makes graviola popular. Throughout history different parts of this tree have been utilized, including its roots, bark, seeds and leaves. The shiny deep green leaves have been the subject of attention of numerous studies and have become popular worldwide.
Read on to learn more about this exotic tropical tree...
The graviola tree, native to Central and South America and the Caribbean, thrives in tropical environments throughout the world. The tree grows 8 to 20 feet tall and yields ovoid green fruits known for their exotic flavor, which is often described as a combination of apple and strawberry with notes of citrus. Graviola leaves, on the other hand, are known for the health-promoting bioactive compounds they contain.
These dark green, oblong to elliptical, shiny, smooth leaves are used fresh, or made into tea, tincture or a fine powder.
Nutrients and Benefits
Graviola leaves are packed with a number of potent bioactive compounds that include:
- Alkaloids (like annonamine)
- Annonaceous acetogenins
- Essential oils, mainly sesquiterpenes derivates
NP Nutra®️ offers a premium quality Graviola Leaf Powder. This brownish-green partly soluble powder, certified Kosher and Food grade, can be used in health tonics, dietary supplements, and functional foods and beverages.
These powders will add color and many beneficial nutrients to your functional foods and beverages, and can likewise be added to nutritional supplements and pet foods.
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