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Mangosteen-Just a Juice or More

Updated on March 9, 2013

You may have been hearing about a fruit or fruit juice called mangosteen. Mangosteen has been getting a lot of press of late, some of it good, some of it bad. Hard to believe right? A fruit getting "bad press".

Let's first start out with what mangosteen is. Garcinia mangostana is a tropical fruit that is native to Southeastern Asia. It may be known by other names...."queen of fruits", mangostan, Xango, or other brand names.

The fruit is very unique in appearance. It is covered by a dark purple, thick, smooth rind called the Pericarp. The pulp consists of anywhere from 4 to 8 segments of soft white flesh.

In the case of the juice, I have heard some describe it as almost a berry taste. I can't quite put my finger on what I think. It is a bit gritty. Some love it, one person I know finds the taste unpleasant. From my reading, most find it quite palatable.

Nutrition wise, mangosteen is nutrient dense. Its claim to fame is its phytonutrients. In particular a class of phyotnutrients called xanthones.

There are around 200 known xanthones and the pericarp of the mangosteen has 20 of them including Alpha Mangostin and Gamma Mangostin.

Xanthones are showing strong antioxidant activity in recent studies. Antioxidants are substances that act to neutralize or deactivate free radicals in our body. Free radicals are the product of oxidation caused by our normal cell metabolism, or excess free radical production by stress, exposure to certain chemicals, smoke, etc. It is suspected that an excess of these free radicals can be responsible for premature aging, heart disease, certain cancers, peripheral artery disease, and more.

Mangosteen is undoubtedly is a healthy fruit and juice. Is it the miracle that some of the companies are touting it to be? This is where the debate begins.

I would be hard pressed to pay the kind of money they are asking for the juice. There are many juices in the market that are full of wonderful antioxidants. Blueberry, pomegranate, even apple has quercetin--that is a great phytonutrient. All these for much less money.

Until I see some data stating something more definitive, I will save my money. Is mangosteen bad? No! It is a very healthy juice. I will also say that there are studies that are showing it to be useful when used as a cosmetic active ingredient for acne preparations.

When the price comes down a bit, I will be a happy user of mangosteen. Until then, I will stick to the more humble-yet still fabulously healthy-fruit juices.


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      Emma 7 years ago

      I had a disturbing heart burn I took mangoesteen juice and the heart burn is gone the juice is wonderful

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      Joseph Routis 9 years ago

      Not only does mangosteen juice work miracles on humans, but it works equally as well on animals. This is truly an amazing fruit, one that can fragment the DNA of tumors such as in SKBR3 human breast cancer. See an animal picture from Mangosteen Queen at


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      James Mangosteen Dean 9 years ago

      Carrie: Julie's right. Also, try to have mangosteen juice with some food as xanthones (mangosteen's super antioxidants) need fat molecules to "cling" onto (my crappy science). A couple of crackers or some peanut butter will do.

      James Mangosteen Dean

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      julieannevanzyl 9 years ago from Gold Coast

      It's the pericarp ( the rind ) that has all the xanthones and phytonutrients within it. And, the pericarp doesn't taste nice, so when eating the fruit most people would not get the same benefit. If a mangosteen juice product has milled the entire fruit pulp, seeds and pericarp together, it will provide the benefits that research has discovered the mangosteen provides.

      Carrie, if you drink 2 glasses of water before drinking the mangosteen juice, you shouldn't have any discomfort. After sleeping all night, your body is hydrated and needs some water before anything else.

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      Carrie 10 years ago

      I bought a small bottle of it just to try and just took a sip in the morning on an empty stomach. It caused a little discomfort for a couple of days, but it immediately gave me a lot of energy, and I am usually a skeptic. I'm gonna get some more. It's better than caffeine.

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      Michele Engholm 10 years ago from Hutchinson

      You guys get ALL the "cool" in Minnesota...when we do get something unusual like a almost need to mortgage the farm to buy them....I'm just saying... : )

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      Sreethi 10 years ago from Mumbai

      hi i didn't know mangosteen is such a good juice .we always use orange and mango .thanks for such a valuable information.good

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      Kate Swanson 10 years ago from Sydney

      I didn't even know mangosteen was being touted as a miracle juice. Now I know - I can see the ads for it around your Hub! Thanks for the info. We can buy mangosteens easily in the fruit shops here, for $1 or $2 each, so maybe I should try it!

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      Michele Engholm 10 years ago from Hutchinson

      Yep me also. It was way out of my range. Apple juice is quite good, they say that one should go with the cloudy variety....more phytonutrients. Thanks for reading!!

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      It might be good. I will back Bob on this.

      maybe sometime into the future

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      Bob Ewing 10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Apple and orange juice are within my price range. good info, thanks.