How much soursop (aka graviola) tea should I drink and how often?

"I want to drink graviola tea for health purposes. How much and how often should I take it?"

Before I answer this question, I would like to begin with saying, as I do in all my blog articles, that soursop, graviola and guanabana are all three words for the same plant, the Annona muricata. I tend to stick to just two terms, graviola and soursop, so as to keep my articles a bit cleaner (but I honestly prefer the word graviola over soursop!). You can learn more about the Annona muricate plant here.

So, let’s get to the main topic: “How much soursop tea should I drink on a daily basis for healing purposes?”

For those of you who enjoy an occasional cup of graviola tea (aka soursop tea), this question may sound a bit silly. But for those who use soursop for health reasons, it is actually quite pertinent, and unfortunately there is no textbook answer to the questions of “how much?” or “how often?”. Because this is a frequently asked question from my customers, I have decided to dig through the available information and write up this summary article.

First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that soursop is not a “medically” recognized treatment. This means that doctors do not learn about it in med-school, and the FDA does not regulate it as a pharmaceutical product. Because of this there is no “off the package”, “doctor-recommended”, “pharmacist-endorsed” dosage or frequency. Therefore, to answer the question, “How much soursop tea should I drink/take and how often?”, we have to turn toward other sources and piece together a suggested serving amount: herbal teas for health in general and the advice of frequent consumers of soursop tea.

Please note, none of the following information is meant to give you “the dosage” for soursop tea consumption when using it for health. It is intended to provide you with additional information so that you can better make your own decision. 

Drinking Herbal Tea for Health

When it comes to drinking herbal tea for health there are two schools of thought: 1) Start slow and keep it simple; 2) maintain the tea in body throughout the day.

Start slow and keep it simple

One of the best descriptions out there from the first school of thought comes from Victoria Zak’s 20,000 Secrets of Tea, The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs [1]. In her book Zak suggests that the first step is simply to identify which tea you wish to benefit from and begin with one cup per day. Zak does not address graviola tea directly, but focuses on herbal teas for health in general.

According to Zak, you do not need to drink multiple cups of tea per day to get the full benefits of an herb. If your morning cup has the desired effect, i.e. you feel positive about the way it interacts with your body, then the one cup per day is usually enough. When taking the tea for a healing treatment, then you can add a second cup later in the day, try it for one week, and see how you feel.

Maintain the tea in your body throughout the day

The second school of thought follows that repeated ingestion of an herb throughout the day is required to maintain an adequate amount  of the herb’s active ingredients within the blood. Most articles put the number at up to three cups a day (i.e at or around meal-time) as this generally corresponds to your body’s cycle of food and energy consumption.

What regular soursop users say

I sometimes get feedback from our customers and have studied lots of internet discussions among soursop users.

The following are a couple of pointers that stand out:

  1. Drink up to three cups per day along with your regular diet.
  2. You can either start off with three cups per day and then adjust down should you have trouble digesting them, or you can start off with one cup per day and work your way up according to how you feel.
  3. Adjust the amount of soursop you take according to your body weight and tolerance. If you are small, try drinking less. If you are of normal weight, feel free to go up.

In general, most regular soursop users stick to one to three cups per day.

Is there a maximum amount of soursop that I should know about?

What most manufacturers of graviola teas, supplements and people who have written about this topic suggest is not to use soursop (or any herbal tea) for extended periods of time. Take an occasional break of several days or weeks after undergoing a soursop regime.

According to Cancer Research UK, graviola is most likely safe to use so long as it is in combination with a regular, healthy diet.

Conclusion

To sum it all up and answer the question “How much and how often should I drink soursop/graviola tea?” (if you are doing so for specific health reasons), the simple answer is: 1 to 3 cups per day. But feel free to moderate this amount according to how you feel, your size and just as importantly, your convenience.

If you need help preparing graviola tea, including how much tea to use per cup, check out this detailed article and video.

Anything else I should know?

It is generally considered unsafe for pregnant woman to use soursop. This is because soursop can inhibit the growth of fast growing cells (i.e. the fetus), and may even stimulate contractions in the uterus. Also, people with Parkinson’s disease should probably not use soursop until there is more definitive research. If you would like to know more about potential side effects of soursop, check out this article.

References

[1] Zak, Victoria: 20,000 Secrets of Tea, The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs. New York, New York: Dell Publishing, 1999. Print

 

 


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40 Responses

Mike
Mike

November 30, 2018

This was really helpful I was always wondering what should be an optimal amount of tea for me. Awesome! :)
I also found some useful info about graviola leaves here https://graviola24.com/info.php
There is a lot of info to be found about this plant in future too.

Stella
Stella

November 28, 2018

Am very grateful to learn about this graviola tea,its so helpful ,have heard of many cancer remedies, but this one is the best, how I wish they could introduce this herb in medication since many Africans are facing death due to lucky of proper treatment coz of poverty. If anyone needs this herb, wherever in Malawi, contact me on 265999536064/256888536064,I will help you to gain back your healthy life.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

November 23, 2018

Zenith portillo please help, I have someone who has cervical cancer, how can i get through your friend that survived this pls for more information

Winston Goh
Winston Goh

November 15, 2018

Is it available to Drink soursop over 2 to 3 liter per day ??

Jenny
Jenny

October 12, 2018

Is soursops good during d period and can pregnant woman still take it?

Glory
Glory

September 23, 2018

I love taking it first thing in the morning, it has a way of boasting me up for the day

Bukky
Bukky

September 20, 2018

Can soursop be mix with another leaf

Miyake
Miyake

September 20, 2018

Just started taking soursop leave and it’s grt

Zenith portillo
Zenith portillo

September 19, 2018

Soursop those work in combination with anamu n moringa n Shark cartilage.and chaga.my friend was given 1 month to live 9 years ago and she still alive.and there is also other natural remedies like tumeric and guava leaves.

Peddie
Peddie

September 09, 2018

Can someone drink soursop tea during menstrual period?

Esther
Esther

September 01, 2018

I want to know exactly if soursop leaves drink is safe for pregnant women. I have read that some says it safe while others says its unsafe which put me into confusion mode.

Mrs Daniel
Mrs Daniel

August 22, 2018

I’ve heard somuch about these wonderful leaves and I’ve just started, believing to enjoy the amazing health benefits as told me by some of my friends.

Cassie
Cassie

August 18, 2018

If you need soursop leaves contact me, I will send it to you in any country you are! The one in Africa works! +2347063478635

Manjnath
Manjnath

June 23, 2018

Just I started I feel like chemo treatment

Oveh robor
Oveh robor

May 04, 2018

Can I take the tea during periods?

Haggyolla
Haggyolla

May 03, 2018

Can I use soursup for brain tumor

Titi
Titi

May 01, 2018

I’ve just been told to try soursop leaves tea for low back pain,I ’be started today with a cup and pray it will stop the pains

Josey jo
Josey jo

April 30, 2018

Is this good for cirrhosis?

Sehgal
Sehgal

March 18, 2018

Is it good for high blood pressure too?

Andrew okolie
Andrew okolie

March 09, 2018

Good medics and looking forward for more information

Victory
Victory

November 03, 2017

Does soursop drink clears fat

Mo
Mo

October 05, 2017

I have been drinking the soursop tea for 4 months now and my cancer has been decreasing in size a whole lot quicker than it was just taking chemo

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Sarah Carlson

September 03, 2017

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Valerie
Valerie

August 23, 2017

Can soursop heals cancer? And how to use it? Is the leaves good? Thank you!

Cindy
Cindy

July 31, 2017

When are these good questions answered? I have some of the same. Thanks!

Simi
Simi

July 02, 2017

Graviola leafs are just the best anyone can have to strt off his/her day with. Coupled with its tons of health benefits-dia isn’t a match to it for nw. I take it on daily basis since I found it. Really worth it I tel you.

Simi
Simi

July 02, 2017

Graviola leafs are just the best anyone can have to strt off his/her day with. Coupled with its tons of health benefits-dia isn’t a match to it for nw. I take it on daily basis since I found it. Really worth it I tel you.

Femi Daniels
Femi Daniels

June 16, 2017

How long can boil soursop water be changed.can i drink the boil leaves 3 times before boiling new ones

Femi Daniels
Femi Daniels

June 16, 2017

How long can boil soursop water be changed.can i drink the boil leaves 3 times before boiling new ones

Chloe
Chloe

June 16, 2017

Is graviola tea and supplements for cancer patients only? Or can anyone drink the tea. I don’t have cancer or any type of sickness. I’m healthy and would like to know if it’s safe for me to drink this tea

junisia rafael
junisia rafael

June 12, 2017

I have thyroid cancer and I have start taking this soursop tea waiting for August to go for t scan

Yaw Appiah
Yaw Appiah

April 06, 2017

I have read about sour sop leaf tea and it impressed me very much. so I tried it for some times and it was graet.It improve my appetite and boost my energy and put me into well sleep.

sulum Dromenge
sulum Dromenge

February 03, 2017

I have tried out soursap leaves for backache and it worked. After 6 months of sleepless nights, I drank soursap tea for 2 weeks. Now the aches have disappeared.

Noemi
Noemi

January 12, 2017

whats is the best tea with graviola. need something good for health reason. thanks

Maddy
Maddy

December 10, 2016

I drink 2 cups at bed time and it’s the only natural thing that helps me sleep.

Orlean Hoyt
Orlean Hoyt

November 22, 2016

The way I read how to make the tea was to boil 3 cups water, wash 8 -10 leaves, I did this in a cup with cold water, rip or as I did cut leaves with cooking sheers in small pieces add to boiling water lower heat, and steep for 25-30 min. Should be about about a cup in one half left to drink. Add 1 tbls of honey, they suggested lime or lemon, but I was out so I used 1 tbls raw apple cider vinegar. So I hope that is ok. I am 200+ lbs so I will start out with 3 cups/day so if you or anyone knows exactly what is right, let me know. I’m having another pet scan in May, so I’ll keep you informed as to how things go. .. ? ? Orlean (Cookie )

Orlean Hoyt
Orlean Hoyt

November 22, 2016

I have a mass in my lung, I am 78 years old and I do not want to spend my last year’s on chemo, or radiation. I am now leaving with my son and his family, so all I have to do is get healthy. I’m trying herbs, vegan based diet, but eat cheese, and eggs, and chicken/turkey. No sugar as I have type 2 diabetes and I watch carbs, and am on Metforman. I have been trying everything, without accuatally knowing what combos are best. So I am going to try this tea, I jus got in the mail 200 leaves, and had my first cup tonight, and I will try it 3 times a day.

Ugo Ifezue
Ugo Ifezue

August 25, 2016

I’ve been thoroughly enlightened by this article. Thanks. I have been taking soursop from my infant in my village without knowing the enormous health benefits. We just take as much as our hand can get. I remember certain instances where my mother will come back from market on hot afternoon and ask us to check out the soursop tree for soft ones for her to eat,even during heavy pregnancy. She never recorded any miscarriage. However your advice is well taken.
Organically grown soursop and the ones grown with fertilisers, which is better ànd more potent for soursop juice and tea?
Thank you.

jones png
jones png

November 27, 2015

How much leaf makes up a cup of tea

Mohammed Nurul Islam
Mohammed Nurul Islam

August 22, 2015

I wanna know details of soursop.

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