Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostan ) is a tropical fruit with a sweet and tangy taste. The fruit, which is also referred to as the Queen of Fruits, and the Food of the Gods, is purple in color and has white fleshy pulp, segmented with seeds. In Southeast Asian countries, the bark and the leaves of the mangosteen plant are being used for medicinal purposes.
According to experts, mangosteen is a rich source of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin A, B-vitamins (vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, folate), vitamin C, zinc and potassium as well as carotene, calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, and cryptoxanthin.
This delicious and juicy fruit is much loved due to its various health benefits.
Helps Boosts Immunity
Mangosteen has abundant amounts of vitamin C that help improve the immune system. Vitamin C promotes the production and function of leukocytes or the white blood cells, which are majorly responsible for good immunity.
A solution To Tummy Problems
Suffering from diarrhea or dysentery? The fruit and rind of mangosteen can provide some relief. For diarrhea, we need to steep the fruit rind in water overnight. Drink the decoction for fast relief. For dysentery, taking powdered fruit and rind is effective. The high fiber composition of the fruit also increases your prebiotics intake, which is good for your intestines.
Has Anticancer Properties
The pericarps of mangosteen contain xanthones which have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-aging, antidiabetic, and anti-bacterial effects. Studies have found that xanthones can fight free radicals and inhibit the growth of human colon cancer.
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure and Boosts Heart Health
Present in this superfood is high amounts of potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper that all help regulate blood pressure. Potassium, in particular, helps weed out the negative effect infused by excess intake of salt (sodium), promote normal heart rate, and lowers our risk of coronary heart attacks.
Helps Alleviate Menstrual Problems
Traditionally, mangosteen root is used to regulate the menstrual cycle and ease menstrual pains and cramps thus helping women in doing their day to day activities.
Helps Boost Skin Health
Mangosteen has been used to treat acne. It fights off free radicals to prevent our skin from developing acne, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.