Mangosteen is a tropical fruit which is said to offer several health benefits to the body on consumption. Due to its powerful antioxidant effect, it is sometimes also called as the super fruit. Although Mangosteen as a fruit since several centuries, it is now more popular in the form of a juice. The mangosteen juice consists of both the pulp and the rind of the fruit. It is found to contain a very large percentage of a compound called xanthones in them which have been known to help in keeping the body healthy.
The Positive Effects Of The Mangosteen
The mangosteen has emerged as a ‘super fruit’ only recently and hence the number of studies conducted on the fruit isn’t very large in number. But the studies that have been conducted have shown that the Mangosteen fruit contains anti – inflammatory, anti – tumour, anti – bacterial, anti – viral and most importantly anti – oxidant properties.
Preliminary studies have also suggested that the mangosteen extract many also help in protecting the brain from the toxic effects of the compound called amyloid beta (it is associated with forming brain plaques which in turn may lead to Alzheimer’s).
It has also been found that the extract of the Mangosteen can be very beneficial to the skin. If applied on the skin it may help in the treatment of acne. Although the effects haven’t been conclusively proven, Chinese natives who had access to these fruits believed that the fruit had beneficial effects on the skin.
Certain studies carried out on the mangosteen juice have found that it may also help in strengthening the immune system of the body and hence improve the overall health of the body. People who consume the mangosteen juice regularly are known to have a stronger immune system as compared to those who don’t. It was also found to reduce the percentage of an inflammation marker called the C – reactive protein.
Mangosteen And Cancer
Although sufficient evidence isn’t available regarding the connection between the mangosteen juice and cancer, claims have been made time and again regarding how the fruit and the juice can help in the fight against cancer. Cancer has been found to be helpful in the preliminary stages of cancer but it is still inconclusive if it helps in the advanced stages as well.
Scientists have warned that the cancer must always consult with the doctor before deciding to consume the mangosteen juice since it may interfere in the treatment of cancer and may also affect the blood sugar level of the body.
Uses Of The Mangosteen Fruit
In Southeast Asia, the rind of the mangosteen fruit has been made use of due to its medicinal properties for several centuries. According to the information passed down by the generations, it has been known that the rind of the mangosteen fruit was brewed into tea and was consumed to treat a number of diseases like bladder infections, diarrhea and also gonorrhoea. The rind was also made into an ointment to treat skin rashes.
Mangosteen has been used for centuries by the natives who have believed that the fruit apart from being delicious can also be very beneficial in improving the health. The studies conducted so far ascertain the same. So add the fruit or the juice to your diet to improve the health of your body.