What good can mangosteen do for you? >>
Known as "the Queen of fruits" and "the food of the Gods" mangosteen is thought to have originated in Southeast Asia . Its scientific name is ' Garcinia Mangostana '.. It has long been recognised in Asia that mangosteen has apparently powerful anti-inflammatory power and is reported to be effective in treating eczematous and other skin conditions.
Back in the Tang Dynasty in China , preparations from the rind of mangosteen were used as antimicrobial and antiparasitic treatments for dysentery and other forms of infectious diarrhoea. In the olden days the Asians took advantage of the mangosteen's antimicrobial and antiseptic properties to treat infected wounds, tuberculosis, malaria, urinary tract infections, syphilis and gonorrhoea. Such treatment died off slowly, probably due to lack of proper recording.
Instead the healing secrets in mangosteen had caught the Westerners' interest couple of decades ago and now this medicinal plant has created overwhelming interest all over the world. The phytoceutical benefits of the mangosteen have been widely studied by medical and pharmacological researchers.
Scientific investigation has produced evidence that mangosteen fruit has multiple health benefits.
Among the phytoceuticals in the mangosteen is a newly discovered class of highly active substances called ' Xanthones '. They are powerful antioxidants and anti tumor agents. To date, of the 210 or so xanthones identified universally, more than 40 xanthones can be found in the mangosteen fruit. The study on xanthones is still continuing.
A new study from Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok , Thailand , has just published the finding of three new mangosteen xanthones and has shown them effective against three human cancer cell lines; cancer of the mouth, and breast and lung cancer.
However, xanthones are not the only active substances in the mangosteen.
Polyphenols and cathechins are also found in significant quantities. Other key ingredients, polysaccharides, are apparently responsible for the antibacterial and antifungal effects of the fruit. Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C are found in the fruit as well.
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