Mangosteen Health Benefit Facts

Mangosteen Health Benefit Facts Revealed

There are many exemplars for ‘ super foods’ coming out of from the Southern Hemisphere.  Fruits that are meant to not only taste great  but also help increase your health, fruits with tremendous health benefits.  They have come in many shapes and sizes, from many types of countries.

Some have proven to be able to prove their assertions of health benefits, many others less so.  One of the newest of these super fruits to show itself is the Mangosteen.  Just Like the others, many authorities are stating wonderful things about how useful the Mangosteen can be to our health.  So what are the actual facts?

Mangosteen Health Facts

The Mangosteen is the fruit of a plant indigenous to the Indonesia, which is why many people in the Western world are yet to hear of it.  This remoteness from Western research also explains why, till now, very few people had made claims about the health benefits of the mangosteen – as till now researchers had been unable to study it.

That is not to say that it doesn’t have a ancient history, far from it.  The health giving properties of the Mangosteen have been recognised for over 1400 years.  Indigenous peoples used a dried and pulped version of the fruit plus its skin to make potions and salves as long ago as 600AD

Mangosteen is a small fruit, about the same size as a tangerine.  The rind (   pith) of a Mangosteen is purple and greenish, whilst the inner most pulp is white.  This pulp is much sought after by locals as an exquisite tasting fruit.

In fact the British Queen, Victoria (1819 – 1901) was believed to have enjoyed the taste of Mangosteen so much that she offered to bestow knighthoods on all who brought her more more, which shows how well it was looked upon even in Victorian Britain!

Mangosteen Health Claims

Because the Mangosteen is just recently starting to be extensively studied by scientists there is still a lot about it that we are still to comprehend .  But initial scrutiny and research has brought several apposite facts about the fruit to our attention.

  • The Mangosteen has more than 40 different types of Xanthones in it, making it the most powerful single source of Xanthones known to naturally occur.
  • Xanthones are useful to our health in a number of ways, not to the lowest degree acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, stopping or reducing swelling.  Very useful for migraine sufferers.
  • Antioxidants.  Anti-oxidants are vital to help us fight off free radicals – dangerous molecules that can cause cancer.  Plus they are crucial in helping to build and strengthen our immune system to ward off various attacks.
  • Illness.  Many of the impressive number of anti-oxidants found in the mangosteen are anti-virals and anti-bacteria, allowing us to be able to get over illnesses quickly, and potentially fight off an illness that you would differently get.

So however you choose to enjoy your mangosteen, whether in  juice, fresh or freeze-dried supplement form you now have an understanding of exactly what it is that you are putting into your body.