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19
MAR

Herb of the Week: Mangosteen

Filed Under: Herbs at 11:50 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Mangosteen

Mangosteen has been given the nickname “the antioxidant powerhouse”. The juice from this exotic fruit has recently become one of the hottest supplements on the market.

The Purple Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical evergreen tree originally from the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe, and has been described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with peach flavor and texture.

The mangosteen is very popular in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia and it’s commonly known as “the Queen of fruit” in Singapore and Malaysia. Fresh mangosteen is not available in the continental United States. However, several juices are available, providing even better health benefits than the fresh fruit.

Mangosteen juice is a great source of antioxidants called xanthones. Antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals, highly reactive compounds that interfere with cell’s ability to function normally, and may lead to more than 60 different health conditions, including the aging process, cancer, and hardening of the arteries.

Some juices blend this exotic fruit with more than one fruit to provide the highest antioxidant content in one single product. Companies mix mangosteen with açaí, goji, blueberries, pomegranate and black cherry, creating a powerful antioxidant and delicious product.

How much should you drink on a daily basis? The amount recommended isn’t very high. One ounce a day can keep the free radicals away. Popular mangosteen juices contain anywhere from 1,600 to 2,500 ORAC units per ounce of juice. If you need to significantly increase your antioxidant intake, three ounces per day should help in addition to a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.

 3 Comments, latest by Elmar Sandyck

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3 Responses to “Herb of the Week: Mangosteen”

  1. Ralph WIlkison says:

    When you find a good mangosteen supplement get it! I am a disabled veteran, medically discharged for knee and back injuries. I started taking a supplement with mangosteen (both juice and pericarp puree). Unexpectadly, my knee pain went away after three days. I had been in chronic pain for almost twelve years, so to be pain free all of sudden it caught my attention. I did a little research and found a scholarly paper on pubmed from Japan that shows how a xanthone molocule in mangosteen is a natural cox2 inhibitor. Popular cox2 inhibiotrs have been marketed for arthritis, yet they have a tendency to kill people. Anyway, mangosteen is a pretty incredible fruit with lots of benefits.
    Ralph Wilkison

  2. John Shield says:

    It’s good to see that the price of mangosteen juice is coming down but it has a long way to go before it’s as cheap as we buy it here in Thailand.

  3. Elmar Sandyck says:

    I think mangosteen should not just be labeled as herb of the week but for all times and seasons. It is one of the healthiest fruits I know. And very tasty too.

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