Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that is grown primarily in hot, humid climates of southeast Asia such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It is considered "ultra-tropical" because of it's sensitivity to cold weather. The history of it's medicinal powers are lost amongst most Westerners because it is impossible to domesticate it locally in North America. This fruit is loaded with powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic compounds.
Scientific research shows that Mangosteen contains a class of naturally occurring polyphenol compounds known as xanthones. These xanthones are found in the ripe dark purple rind (called pericarp) of the fruit. The rind of partially ripe Mangosteen fruit yields a polyhydroxy-xanthone derivative termed mangostin, also beta-mangostin. Fully ripe fruits contains the xanthones gartanin, beta-disoxygartanin, and normangostin.
According to research reported in professional journals such as Free Radical Research and the Journal of Pharmacology, these amazing Xanthones have a remarkably beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. They also have properties which help to heal cells damaged by free radicals, slow aging, and ward off degenerative diseases and physical and mental deterioration. Xanthones have beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases, including ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and thrombosis.
With Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and Staphylococcus aureus (Staph. A) bacteria, Mangosteen has shown inhibitory action against these harmful bacteria organisms. Mangosteen also demonstrates strong antifungal properties and is highly effective in boosting weak immune systems.
Xanthones also demonstrate the most powerful antioxidant properties found in nature as well as being naturally antibiotic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. Those powerful anti-inflammatory properties which may be of interest to those who suffer the pain of sciatica and periphery neuropathy, which cannot be effectively controlled by drug treatments. The amount of Mangosteen consumed per day may need to be increased by two or three times to support pain relief through its anti-inflammatory and cox-2 inhibitor effects.
For hundreds of years, the people of Southeast Asia have used the Mangosteen, especially the rind (called the pericarp) to ward off and treat infections, reduce pain or control fever, and treat various other ailments. The sliced and dried pericarp is powdered and administered to overcome dysentery. It can also be made into an ointment, and applied to eczema and other skin disorders. Many of the other health benefits of xanthones from the Mangosteen can be expressed in terms of how they act against various serious ailments. These include having positive effects on:
Pain (such as dental pain)
Neuralgia (nerve pain)
Ulcers (such as found in the stomach, mouth, small and large bowels)
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