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.
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