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Mangosteen is a tropical fruit. All parts of the tree - fruit, fruit juice, rind, twig, and bark are used as medicine. The fruit is reddish or dark purple in color. Due to its good taste mangosteen is also known as ‘queen of fruits’. It is extensively used in Southeast Asia for its medicinal value. Some of its health and medicinal benefits are elaborated below.
Health benefits of mangosteen include anti-cancer properties. The pericarps of mangosteen contain xanthones that exhibit anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The xanthones inhibit the cell growth in human colon cancer and as per a research, they exhibit the potential to be developed as agents to prevent cancer or can be used in combination with anticancer drugs for beneficial effects.
Pure Pomegranate Juice is known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Mangosteen has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent since many years in Southeast Asian countries. Scientific research study also showed that the extracts of mangosteen have anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties and they inhibit the release of histamine and prostaglandin which are associated with inflammation in the human body.
Dhamasa is an ayurvedic herb that is bitter in taste with a cooling effect. It is known for its stimulative and anti inflammatory properties.
- Healthy Skin
Mangosteen helps in maintaining healthy skin. The anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergy and anti-oxidant properties help in reducing risk of various conditions such as skin inflammation, skin aging, eczema, allergies and bacterial infections. Research studies have been carried out to ascertain the various benefits of mangosteen for skin and one such study suggests that mangosteen has anti-skin cancer properties and has the potential of being an anti-skin cancer agent.
- Healthy immune system
Mangosteen is rich in various nutrients, minerals, vitamins and xanthone which help in boosting the immune system. These nutrients protect the body from various health ailments that weaken the immune system.
Black Seed Oil helps to improves immune health.
Mangosteen is among the fruits that are known to contain powerful antioxidants that are useful to the immune system and the entire body. These antioxidants contain cell boosters that are referred to as xanthones which contain various properties that have medicinal value. This is why mangosteen is termed as a healing fruit which can be used to reverse to the effects of diseases that are associated with common man.
Green Tea is a rich source of antioxidants.
- Diarrhea and Dysentery
Use of mangosteen is beneficial in stomach disorders as well. The mangosteen pericarp and peel are effective in providing relief from stomach disorders such as diarrhea and dysentery.
The fruit of Bael is widely used to treat diarrhea, dysentery and gastrointestinal disorders as it has digestive and carminative properties that ensure optimum gut function.
Diabetes is a medical condition that is also common in the modern society. Though it is manageable using prescribed medication it can be a health risk especially if adequate precautions are not taken. Mangosteen one natural remedy, which is effective in managing and maintaining blood sugar levels in the body.
Flaxseed Oil have lignans that helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
- Weight loss
Incorporating mangosteen in diet may be effective in weight loss. The various nutrients found in mangosteen also ensure good health and well being.
Garcinia Cambogia extract is a hunger suppressant as well as slows down the conversion of sugars and carbohydrates into fats which leads to weight loss.
Interestingly, it was Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit. Fresh mangosteen fruit can be eaten as dessert. Juice made from mangosteen flesh is can be prepared at home and is also available as a health drink “xango juice” popularly. Apart from the fruit the seeds are also edible after roasting or boiling. It is also made into jams and thus can be stored for longer duration and can be consumed anytime of the year. Apart from the various health benefits mangosteen is useful for other commercial purposes.