Mangosteen; The Wonder Fruit
Mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana)
This delicious fruit grows in Southeast Asia and some place in America. The tree grows from 6-25 meter long.The fruit has the size and shape of a tennis ball with flowering leaves at its beak. Its flesh is protected by a hard purple pericarp which when opened reveal a white pulpy flesh that is exotically sweet-tasting. Mangosteen (Garcinia Mangostana) is QUEEN of all fruits because of the amazing compunds alpha-mangostin, beta-mangostin, garcinone B, and garcinone E also called XANTHONES. The pericarp of the fruit, is firm softens when ripe, typically 4-6 cm in diameter, and contains astringent phytochemicals which discourage infestation by insects, fungi, plant viruses and bacteria. The same phytochemicals are pigments giving the exocarp its characteristic purple color, including phenolics acids, also called phenols. These pigments have antioxidant properties which afford the fruit further protection from ultraviolet radiation and free radicals generated during photosynthesis. Isolation of exocarp pigments has permitted their identity to be revealed as xanthones, mainly garcinol and mangostin, which, as phenolics, make the exocarp highly astringent and inedible.
In fact the most useful part of this fruit is the pericarp that contains Xanthones. This compounds shows benefits such as Anti oxidant, Anti allergic, Anti Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti Tumor and cure skin diseases.
Some people used the rind to make a tea for conditions such as diarrhea, bladder infections, and gonorrhea. Some are using the rind as ointment to cure skin diseases.
In country like Philippines there are so many finished products of Mangosteen such as food supplements, juice, coffee, tea, soap and even ice cream. They are using this products to cure and prevent from a different kind of diseases.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE BINEFITS OF MANGOSTEEN
BOOST YOUR ENERGY - Mangosteen's potent nutrients will have you feeling and looking more refreshed and youthful throughout your day.
FIGHT INFLAMMATION - Xanthones are one of nature's most potent weapons in the war against pain. These compounds helps fight inflammation.
LOSE WEIGHT - Mangosteen has anti oxidant and fiber that helps burn unwanted fats in the human body.
FIGHT HYPERTENSION - Xanthones help to fight hypertension.
IMPROVE THE URINARY TRACT - Mangosteen has a antibacterial property to help fight infections.
ANTI BACTERIAL - Studies show that xanthones can help to stop the reproduction of certain types of bacteria such as, salmonella and the tuberculosis bacteria.
CURE AND PREVENT ASTHMA - Anti inflammatory property of mangosteen help to fight asthma.
CURE AND PREVENT DIABETES
CURE AND PREVENT CANCER - Mangosteen compounds help to kill cancer cells in the human body. The anti-cancer activity of Magosteen phytoceuticals specifically Garcinone E has been well-documented. Garcinone E, a xanthone found only in Mangosteen, is a natural compound and has been known to cause no side effects.
CURE AND PREVENT ALLERGIES
LOWER CHOLESTEROL - Studies shows that the xanthones from Mangosteen are effective inhibitors of LDL oxidation.
PREVENT KIDNEY STONES
CURE AND PREVENT LUNG CANCER
FIGHT VIRAL INFECTIONS - Mangosteen has been shown to have antiviral properties of an indeterminate nature. Some studies shows that xanthones has the ability to interfere with HIV protease causing the virus to remain immature and incapable of infection.
ANTI FUNGAL - The xanthones of the Mangosteen were tested to kill common fungi and demonstrated capability of inhibiting their growth.
ANTI OXIDANT - Researchers discovered that the Mangosteen rind exhibited "potent free radical scavenging activity."