Mangosteen powder is created from the fruit of a tropical evergreen tree called Garcinia mangostana or Mangosteen. Native to Southeast Asia and Thailand, Mangosteen’s purple-colored fruit is said to be sweet and tangy, and it’s powder has a similar taste. 1
Mangosteen is such an amazing superfood that it is often called the “Queen of Fruit” in Southeast Asia. 2
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Mangosteen has been cultivated in the tropics since antiquity as a food and for medicinal purposes. Ancient peoples used magnosteen’s fruit and rind to fight infection, support immunity, and soothe pain.
Today, it is often used for gum disease, diarrhea, menstrual disorders, obesity, and more. 3
Amazingly, there have been quite a few clinical research studies suggesting that many of the claimed health benefits of Mangosteen are valid.
Here are just a few of them.
Mangosteen provides many essential nutrients while being fairly low in calories.
One cup of canned, drained magnosteen fruit contains: 4
As you can see, magnosteen fruit provides a mixture of vitamins and minerals that can help support health. The B-vitamins in particular play a crucial role in cell metabolism and creation of red blood cells.
Mangosteens contain several powerful antioxidants that fight cell-damaging free radicals in your body. It does this by neutralizing free radicals before levels become too high and causing oxidation to occur.
Free radicals are linked to many chronic and degenerative conditions, including autoimmune disorders, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and aging. 5
Magnosteen fruit contains many vitamins and compounds with antioxidant properties, including Vitamin C and Vitamin B-9 (Folate). It even contains a couple powerful metabolites of Xanthones, plant compounds known to have potent antioxidant properties, as well as having an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and anti-obesity effect. 6, 7
Experts consider chronic inflammation to be the underlying cause of most chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and diabesity.
As mentioned earlier, xanthones have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that could conceivably help reduce your risk of many of these diseases. 8
Studies also indicate Mangosteen may:
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1- Sengupta S. 8 Incredible Benefits of Mangosteen, The Queen of Fruits. NDTV Food. Apr 12, 2017. Accessed Feb 4, 2021. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/8-incredible-benefits-of-mangosteen-the-queen-of-fruits-1679593
2- Sengupta S. 8 Incredible Benefits of Mangosteen, The Queen of Fruits. NDTV Food. Apr 12, 2017. Accessed Feb 4, 2021. food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/8...
3- WebMD. Mangosteen. Accessed Feb 4, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1081/mangosteen
4- NutritionData. Mangosteen, canned syrup packed. Accessed Feb 4, 2021. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1953/2
5- Pham-Huy LA, He H, Pham-Huy C. Free radicals, antioxidants in disease and health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008 Jun;4(2):89-96. PMID: 23675073; PMCID: PMC3614697.
6- Sukatta U, Takenaka M, Ono H, Okadome H, Sotome I, Nanayama K, Thanapase W, Isobe S. Distribution of major xanthones in the pericarp, aril, and yellow gum of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana linn.) fruit and their contribution to antioxidative activity. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2013;77(5):984-7. doi: 10.1271/bbb.120931. Epub 2013 May 7. PMID: 23649258.
7- Ovalle-Magallanes B, Eugenio-Pérez D, Pedraza-Chaverri J. Medicinal properties of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.): A comprehensive update. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Nov;109(Pt 1):102-122. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.08.021. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28842267.
8- Ovalle-Magallanes B, Eugenio-Pérez D, Pedraza-Chaverri J. Medicinal properties of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.): A comprehensive update. Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Nov;109(Pt 1):102-122. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.08.021. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28842267.
9- Tousian Shandiz H, Razavi BM, Hosseinzadeh H. Review of Garcinia mangostana and its Xanthones in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Complications. Phytother Res. 2017 Aug;31(8):1173-1182. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5862. Epub 2017 Jun 28. PMID: 28656594.
10- Udani JK, Singh BB, Barrett ML, Singh VJ. Evaluation of Mangosteen juice blend on biomarkers of inflammation in obese subjects: a pilot, dose finding study. Nutr J. 2009 Oct 20;8:48. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-8-48. PMID: 19843321; PMCID: PMC2770545.
11- Devi Sampath P, Vijayaraghavan K. Cardioprotective effect of alpha-mangostin, a xanthone derivative from mangosteen on tissue defense system against isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction in rats. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2007;21(6):336-9. doi: 10.1002/jbt.20199. PMID: 17994576.
12- Huang HJ, Chen WL, Hsieh RH, Hsieh-Li HM. Multifunctional Effects of Mangosteen Pericarp on Cognition in C57BL/6J and Triple Transgenic Alzheimer's Mice. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:813672. doi: 10.1155/2014/813672. Epub 2014 Dec 1. PMID: 25525451; PMCID: PMC4267462.