The mangosteen is a well-loved, sweet and juicy tropical fruit which has been cherished for its nutritional value and medicinal benefits for ages. Over the recent years, hundreds of scientific studies have confirmed the mangosteen’s amazing health properties, categorising it as a ‘superfruit’.
These scientific research papers have demonstrated how the mangosteen could play a significant role in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, cancer of all types, heart disease, allergies, asthma, tuberculosis, central nervous system conditions, and HIV. The mangosteen has also been proven to possess anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
For example, the study published in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal, shows that the mangosteen juice has anti-inflammatory properties which could prove to be valuable in preventing the development of heart disease and diabetes in obese patients. It describes how the juice of the exotic ‘superfruit’ lowered levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) which measures inflammation – a predictor of cardiovascular disease and a precursor of metabolic syndrome. Reducing inflammation in obese people is a treatment goal, and a natural treatment may be preferable to other treatments which may carry the risk of side effect.
In PubMed.gov, the website of the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NIH), you can find over 9,600 reports on the catechins (an antioxidant) and proanthocyanidins (a type of flavonoid) contained in the mangosteen.
The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York has also recognized that the xanthones from the mangosteen fruit hull exhibit anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the centre, the xanthone named Alpha-mangostin, inhibited the growth of human leukemia HL60 cells, reduced the synthesis of prostaglandins, and prevented oxidative damage of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) in vitro, among other benefits.
Xanthones – The Super Antioxidants
Xanthones are extremely powerful biologically active compounds found in the mangosteen. Over the several decades, xanthones have been the subject of intense research. With over 200 xanthones identified in nature, the mangosteen fruit contains 43 of them, making it the most abundant source of xanthones on earth! Continued study is required as only 6 of the 43 xanthones found in the mangosteen fruit have been researched. However, their potent activity and broad-ranging indications for use may soon reveal the mangosteen’s xanthones to be one of the all-time greatest medical discoveries.
Xanthones are powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals. They belong to a unique class of phytonutrient shown to have life-supporting and anti-inflammatory qualities. The various benefits of xanthones, as proven by clinical studies include:
• Prevent free radical damage
• Regulate blood sugar
• Lower cholesterol levels
• Protect the heart and the entire cardiovascular system
• Maintain eye health
• Support cartilage and joint function
• Boost immunity
• Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungus