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Questions
What is the mangosteen fruit?
What part of the fruit is used for medicinal preparations?
What benefits does the mangosteen provide? Why haven't I heard of the benefits of the mangosteen before?
Skeptics say that mangosteen doesn't do anything. Is that true?
How long does it take to see or feel results?
Can I eat the fruit like any other fruit and receive all of the health benefits?
Where is the mangosteen fruit grown?
Does the Mangosteen have any known side effects?
Can a pregnant or nursing mothers take mangosteen?
How old should children be to take mangosteen?
Does Mangosteen effect blood clotting?

What is the mangosteen fruit?

The mangosteen fruit dubbed "The Queen of the Fruits" and also "The food of the Gods" is a typical fruit that is similar in size and colour to the plum. It weighs between 50gm to 110gm. It has snow white pulp wrapped in segments like an orange. The thickness of the pericarp varies according to species. The flavour of the fruit pulp is very uniquely pleasing and highly sought after in the regions where it is grown and marketed. It has the highest antioxidants among other fruits. Mangosteen fruits have high medicinal value.
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What part of the fruit is used for medicinal preparations?

The mangosteen fruit is comprised of the following three components: the pericarp - or rind, the pulp - which is the sweet segmented interior of the fruit, and the seeds - found inside the pulp. Xanthones and polysaccharides, which are the medicinal attributes, are found in highest concentrations in the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit. They are also found in the pulp but in lower concentrations. Due to the high concentrations of Xanthones and polysaccharides in the pericarp, it is incredibly important that any preparation include it in its reactive stage.
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What benefits does the mangosteen provide? Why haven't I heard of the benefits of the mangosteen before?

Most people who have lived in, or visited, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam know that the fruit is very popular.

Although we have not heard of the benefits of the mangosteen fruit it has been researched fruit in laboratories grobally for over twenty years, and used in folk medicine for centuries. The mangosteen is probably the most medically researched botanical in the world. Up until recently the mangosteen fruit was not available in quantities necessary to support export markets. People all over the world is starting to learn about the healing effect of mangosteen juice.
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Skeptics say that mangosteen doesn't do anything. Is that true?

If mangosteen did not work, people would both; stop purchasing it, and telling everyone they know about how it has helped them and others they have introduced the mangosteen to.

Many claim that mangosteen has worked for them in situations where attempts to use other treatments did not. Each person's body is different, and will respond differently to various treatments and/or supplements, and no treatment or supplement works for everyone. However, with over 200 known benefits to the body , mangosteen should be seriously considered as an important daily supplement.
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How long does it take to see or feel results?

The amount of time it takes before you see effects varies for a number of reasons. First of all, it depends on the ailment you are hoping to see results with. Second, each persons body chemistry and health condition will cause variances in response times.

The most important thing, with mangosteen, is to give it a fair period of time to work. The only exception to this is if you experience an allergic reaction to any of the fruit contained in mangosteen. Once you start taking mangosteen regularly it will start to improve the health of various systems within your body very shortly after starting to take it. As with most health improvements that occur in the body, immediate results often go unnoticed. In some cases, systemic benefits are experienced prior to the relief of symptoms.

A person should give any new supplement at least 60 to 90 days to take effect.
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Where is the mangosteen fruit grown?

For centuries the fruit was only grown in Thailand , Vietnam , Cambodia , China , Indonesia , Malaysia , and the Philippines . Today it is also grown in Australia , Brazil , and the Caribbean islands.
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Can I eat the fruit like any other fruit and receive all of the health benefits?

In some countries raw mangosteen can occasionally be purchased from specialty Asian supermarket stores. In countries where mangosteen can be grown the fruits can be purchased at almost every corner of the country. You should be aware that although you can purchase the fruit on occasion, the only way to receive the maximum benefits that fruit can offer is to eat the whole fruit. A great majority of the health benefits are found in the rind and the seeds of the fruit. Since the rind and seeds are very bitter, it is unlikely that you will be able to bring yourself to eat enough of both the rind and the seeds to receive the fruits health benefits.

Also, the concentrations of Xanthones found in the fruit vary at different points in the life cycle of the fruit.

Another problem is that fruit, that is picked from trees prior to being ripe (the normal procedure for picking fruit that you find in grocery stores), and shipped in crates half way around the world are most often damaged. Scientific research has shown that mangosteen fruit are very sensitive. Damage to the rind caused by incorrect handling methods can cause significant reduction in medicinal attributes.

Therefore, the short answer is you will receive some benefits from taking the fruit if you consume the rind also. The easiest way, though, to get the full benefit out of the mangosteen, is to take it in the form of a liquid supplement that uses the full mangosteen fruit. It is important that your mangosteen supplement is manufactured in such a way that the fruit is picked at its most beneficial stage.
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Does the Mangosteen have any known side effects?

A third party supplement research website documents known side effects of main stream health and nutrition supplements. The "Supplement Watch" website declares that "No adverse side effects have been associated with mangosteen whole fruit, juice, or extracts."

Many doctors have endorsed the use of Mangosteen juice in regular dietary supplementation.

People with allergies to tropical fruit or any fruit in the ingredients list of the mangosteen supplement of choice should seek advice from their doctor before trying a Mangosteen supplement.
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Can a pregnant or nursing mothers take mangosteen?

Mangosteen is a fruit and as such is extremely safe. There has been no indications to date that fruits are not good for nursing or pregnant moms. There has also been no indication that mangosteen is any different in this regard.

However, it is advisable that pregnant women should seek medical advice before taking mangosteen juice.

Mangosteen supplements that contain the rind have the benefit of adding additional fibre into the diet, which helps to reduce constipation.
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How old should children be to take mangosteen?

From experience, children as old as 4 years old can start taking mangosteen.
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Does Mangosteen effect blood clotting?

Mangosteen does seem to have some effects on blood clotting. Mangosteen seems to have a similar effect on clotting that Coumadin does. That is to say that it appears to reduce clotting. What this means is that if a person is on "blood thinners" they should be aware that mangosteen may in fact increase the blood "thinning" effect. This is a good thing if you prefer to use less pharmaceutical products and more natural products in dealing with health. Some people have reported that with consultation from their physician, and regular laboratory tests monitoring their clotting levels. Their doctor was able to reduce the amount of "blood thinners" they had to take.

Also, people that suffer from blood disorders, such as hemophilia, that have problems with easy bruising or problems with uncontrollable bleeding after being cut, should seek the advice of a doctor versed in mangosteen prior to taking any mangosteen based product.

Please note: This is not to in any way indicate that people should regulate their own medication without the advice of a physician. Any modification of drug treatments should only be done under the advise of a medical professional.
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