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Soursop Leaves May Alleviate Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Soursop Leaf Elixir  

People with fibromyalgia suffer from pain all over the body, which affects their quality of life. Since it is a lifelong condition, scientists continue to find ways on how to manage the condition or reduce its symptoms. A team of researchers from the University of Seville in Spain reports that diets supplemented with aqueous extract of soursop (Annona muricata L.) leaves can prevent the symptoms of fibromyalgia. This, in turn, improves the quality of lives of people with fibromyalgia.

In the U.S., fibromyalgia affects nearly four million adults. People with this condition are sensitive to pain. In addition to pain, people with fibromyalgia may experience fatigue and tiredness, depression and anxiety, sleeping difficulties, difficult thinking, recalling memory, and concentrating and headaches -- all of which are the most common symptoms of the condition. For the study, the research team aimed to determine the effect of consuming soursop leaf extracts on mice with fibromyalgia. To do this, they got 60 five-week-old female rats and divided them into six groups. They fed the rats with a standard diet combined with different doses of an aqueous extract soursop leaf extract supplement for a period of four weeks.

Soursop plant is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and is particularly abundant in the Amazon region. Its leaves are oblong in shape and are between 5- and 15-centimeters (cm) in length. The plant and leaves are typically used for medicinal uses. In traditional medicine, they are used to treat inflammation, pain, infections, diabetes, and cancer. These medicinal uses have been validated through pre-clinical trials.  

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