When it comes to super fruits, Acai, Guarana, Noni, Goji, and Blueberries are among the most talked about, but there is another little beauty that can provide an incredible nutritional super charge to your health choices… Mangosteen!
The Mangosteen Fruit as described by the American Cancer Society:
“a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia that is touted for its antioxidants, especially xanthones, a type of chemical in certain plants. Its fruit, including the rind and pulp, can be pureed together and is sometimes sold as a drink… Mangosteen products are also available in capsule and tablet form. They are sold in health food stores, on the Internet, and through individual independent distributors… Mangosteen is promoted to support microbiological balance, help the immune system, improve joint flexibility, and provide mental support. Some proponents claim that it can help diarrhea, infections, tuberculosis, and a host of other illnesses… Despite the name, mangosteen is not related to the mango”.
Because Mangosteen is relatively unknown, it’s benefits surprise many people in a variety of ways for addressing health issues. You will be amazed by the number of health-enhancing properties this exotic fruit provides.
As with all supplements, it is important to be wise and consume in moderation to avoid discomfort and unnecessary dependency. Doing your own research will help you understand the health benefits of this amazing fruit, and can provide clarity to questions you may have about it. Research is certainly worth your time, so explore. You will discover solid scientific evidence behind the fruit’s many benefits.
Let’s discuss a few of the various uses of Mangosteen:
Even though medical professionals have become very good at treating diseases, they do not have all the answers. Practitioners often times use drugs or treatments that are later found to have created harmful complications rather than remedies for the patient, or that have damaging side effects that outweigh any benefits the drug or treatment provided. To illustrate this point, drugs like Vioxx, Celebrex and Phen-fen have developed quite a reputation for causing harmful side effects.
Here is some food for thought: What if mother nature provides healthy fruits that can heal you naturally? To reason that natural remedies can provide health benefits without the harmful side-effects of drugs could change the world, but many would say it is too good to be true. Certainly, the lucrative pharmaceutical industry would challenge any benefits of the super fruit Mangosteen, because many first time researchers would rather just say that it can’t be true for one exotic fruit to be able to provide them all.
Historical practices and modern science:
For centuries, Southeast Asians maintain or regain their health and cure their diseases through the use of Mangosteen. It has given healers that use the fruit the ability to stop infection, treat inflammation, and boost one’s energy, along with many other benefits.
As time has revealed more about the medical benefits of Mangosteen, an increasing number of health practitioners and modern scientist are becoming more agreeable on the subject. They have discovered that the fruit is effective in treating and possibly preventing a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. However, to be socially responsible, it’s important to understand the stance of the Food and Drug Administration as well:
“companies that make supplements are not required to prove to the Food and Drug Administration that their supplements are safe or effective, as long as they don’t claim the supplements can prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease.”
The FDA is playing it safe by offering a politically correct statement without formal endorsement, but to ease any personal doubts, consider the track record as supportive evidence:
“Only one case of a serious adverse event possibly related to mangosteen juice has been reported. Doctors described a daily user of mangosteen juice who developed lactic acidosis (acidic blood due to buildup of a byproduct of sugar metabolism). Because mangosteen juice is quite popular and most users do not develop lactic acidosis, the doctors suggest that this problem may have resulted from an interaction of this supplement with other drugs he was taking.”
The X-factor in Mangosteen:
So what is the secret behind the super fruit, Mangosteen? What is the X-factor in this natural product? The answer is in your body’s own metabolic functions.
Our immune system multi-tasks quickly to prevent disease-causing toxins, free radicals, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other harmful agents from harming the cells in our bodies. When the immune system can’t keep up, due to fatigue, insufficient nutrition, or other factors, our bodies get sick, and usually because of free radical damage.
A free radical is an unstable atom with an unpaired electron. When a free radical comes in contact with a stable atom, it steals the electron it needs from the stable atom. This leaves the once stable atom irreparably damaged and prone to succumb to disease.
Antioxidants have an extra electron that they can share with free radicals. Because of this ability, they are able to prevent free radicals from attacking healthy atoms or cells. Mangosteen contains powerful antioxidants that counteract the free radicals and thereby preventing damage before it happens.
Now for the best part, Mangosteen also contains immune system boosters called Xanthones, which are natural chemical compounds that have been proven to possess a variety of potent medicinal properties.
Xanthones (the X-factor) greatly boosts the arsenal of healing compounds afforded in Mangosteen. They have been shown to have more potent antioxidant activity than vitamin E, one of nature’s most powerful known antioxidants.
A laboratory test known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), for example, showed that an ounce of Mangosteen juice provides 20 to 30 times more capacity to absorb free radicals than an ounce of most fruits and vegetables.
Listed benefits of Mangosteen
Independent scientific research studies and clinical experience all show the remarkable health benefits of Mangosteen, but here is a summarized list that brings it all into perspective.
- Anti-aging – helps prevent aging
- Anti-allergenic – helps prevent allergic reactions
- Anti-arthritic – helps prevent arthritis
- Anti-atherosclerotic – helps prevent the hardening of the arteries
- Antibiotic – prevents or modulates bacterial infections
- Anti-calculitic – helps prevent kidney stones
- Anti-cataract – helps prevent cataracts
- Antidepressant – helps with depression
- Anti-diarrheal – helps with diarrhea
- Anti-fatigue – helps relieve fatigue
- Antifungal – prevents or modulates fungal infections
- Anti-glaucomic – helps prevent glaucoma
- Anti-Inflammatory – helps with inflammation
- Anti-lipidemic – helps lower blood fat
- Anti-neuralgic – helps in nerve pain
- Anti-obesity – helps in weight loss
- Anti-osteoporosis – helps prevent the loss of bone mass
- Antioxidant-rich – rich in antioxidants
- Anti-oxolytic – anti-anxiety
- Anti-Parkinson – helps with Parkinson’s disease
- Anti-periodontic – helps prevent gum disease
- Antipyretic – helps lower fever
- Anti-tumor and cancer-preventive
- Anti-vertigo – helps prevent dizziness
- Antiviral – prevents or modulates viral infections
- Cardio-protective – helps in the protection of the heart
- Hypoglycemic – helps stabilize blood sugar
- Hypotensive – helps lower blood pressure
- Immunostimulant – helps the immune system fight infection
At InnoMark, we certainly hope this article has provided beneficial information in your research on one of Mother Nature’s finest super fruits, Mangosteen.