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Mangosteen Health Benefits

Back in the day, mangosteen was relatively unknown in the West. However, it has gained a significant boost in popularity because more and more people are learning about its many benefits. This includes its unforgettable taste that many compare to a cross between an orange and a strawberry. However, the mangosteen has more to offer than a delicious tasting pulp; this fruit is now being lauded for its beneficial medicinal and nutritional properties.

The mangosteen is native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia. It is admittedly odd-looking and has a dark purplish exterior that is reminiscent of an eggplant. When it is opened, the pulp looks like it was grown in slices; similar to an orange.

Preliminary studies indicate that the mangosteen has antifungal and antibacterial properties that are extremely helpful when fighting off infection. In addition, it also contains has high number of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals like potassium, fiber, calcium, iron, and Vitamin C just to name a few.

It is also said that the mangosteen helps to boost the body’s ability to fight off infections and other diseases. This is due to the high level of xanthones that it contains; xanthones are an important substance that have been proven to boost the immune system and improves the general well being of the mind and body. With all of these benefits, the mangosteen is truly the Queen of Fruits.

List of Mangosteen Healing Properties

Here is a partial list of the Mangosteen medicinal benefits and properties from the catalog of prominent ethnobotanist, Dr. James Duke.

  • 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-cataract – helps prevent cataracts
  • Antidepressant – helps with depression
  • 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

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