Today, a lot of fruits are featured from left to right, each promising distinctive advantages to either health or beauty. One popular item staple in most of this list is mangosteen. A tropical fruit endemic in Southeast Asia, the health benefits of Mangosteen are proven to be tried and tested in the field of anti-aging, weight loss, immune system booster, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and many more.
Aside from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, India and Indonesia, mangosteens are also found in Australia, Central and South America and popularly known in the medical realm as garcinia mangostana. This “super fruit” usually has a thick purple-hued rind but has meat that is sweet and creamy in texture and taste. Its health benefits are usually extracted from the whole tree and fruit, from leaves, bark or stems and trunk, rind, meat of fruit, and roots. Today’s medical developers continually research and study extracts from these fruit parts to develop as both health and dietary treatment systems.
Mangosteen is a popular treatment in ancient times all over Asia. Used in Ayurvedic treatment, it has been noted to be effective in treating dysentery, diarrhea, gastric issues, wounds and other infections. The secret behind its rewarding elements is in its phytonutrient content – xanthones which was noted to have forty kinds in its pericarp alone. Xanthones are known to elevate protection and development of healthier bodily functions for digestive, immune and respiratory systems as well as in augmenting metabolic properties.
Another useful content is its natural production of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant. In the medical realm, polyphenols are noted to be a hundred times more powerful than vitamin E and carotenoids as well as ten times more potent than vitamin C. This means it has a more powerful capability to fight free radicals that cause cancer, diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and threats to the immune system.
Containing efficient anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory ingredient, this fruit has also been developed to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and polymyalgia rheumatica as well as chronic inflammation like asthma, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. In ancient times, its rind where boiled and drank as tea to help alleviate pain and relieve cellular inflammation. Notably certain skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis can also be treated with this.
Mangosteen is also effective for bacterial infections that are known to be resistant from conventional antibiotic treatment. Its active chemical ingredient called alpha-mangostin usually derived from the bark of its stem can counter spread of infections. This active chemical ingredient can also perform in synergy with commercial antibiotics like gentamicin, minocycline and ampicillin. Its offshoot has active healing properties for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (or staph infection).
Its alpha-mangostin content combined with xanthones and other antioxidants are proven safe and effective in treating cystic acne. Its potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well as anti-allergy active ingredients has combined potency to ward off these pesky-looking protrusions often seen on the face. Furthermore, these combined ingredients also help in developing mangosteen as a sleep aid and in treating certain kinds of cancer.
Above all else, this “superfruit” is continually being hailed the best addition in the weight loss and anti-aging markets. Laden with antioxidants and phytonutrients, it helps fire up a person’s metabolism especially when paired with active physical workout. Weight loss supplements coming in as liquid drinks and diet pills often have mangosteen ingredients. Anti-aging pills, creams and lotions are also growing in popularity in improving one’s looks. In all these, the health benefits of Mangosteen can never be denied.
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