Common Health Benefits and Uses of Mangosteen Fruit

December 31, 2013

The mangosteen fruit (Garcinia Mangostana), is a tropical tree which is originated from Indonesia and is still widely available in many South East Asian regions including Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand as well as in some area in Africa. The color of mangosteen fruit is purple and it is always recognized because of its unique flavor and appearance. It is usually addressed as the queen of tropical fruits especially in Asia.

The mangosteen fruit has 3 main parts:

  • The deep purple rind
  • The white edible flesh (that is segmented just like oranges)
  • And the seeds that are found within the flesh

The seeds of the mangosteen fruit are inedible and have a very bitter taste, while its flesh has a sweet taste and soft fragrance. The fruit’s purple rind or outer shell, call the pericarp, is hard but can still be opened easily.

Health Benefits

The mangosteen fruit has known to be a part of Asia’s traditional medicine. The first to know the health benefits of mangosteen fruit are the Asian countries and it has been brought around the world in order to be tried by Queen Victoria. Its health benefits are proven extremely helpful since 18th century. As a matter of fact, it has also been proven that the health benefits mangosteen fruit can give doesn’t remain mythical. The fruit has actually been called as a storehouse of many essential nutrients that are required for development, normal growth as well as overall nutritional well-being. The different parts of the mangosteen fruit and plant are basically used as treatment for various disorders and diseases regardless of the severity. Below are some of the health benefits of the mangosteen fruit:

Antioxidants

Scientific research proved that the mangosteen fruit contains a certain class of naturally producing polyphenol compounds – the xanthones. The fruit is composed of two xanthones, the gamma mangosteen and the alpha mangosteen. Xanthones as well as their derivatives have been proven to have several benefits like anti-inflammatory purposes. In addition to that, Xanthones are known as an effective remedy against different cardiovascular diseases.

Low Calories

The mangosteen fruit has very low calories as it can only have 63 calories per one hundred grams. Also, the fruit doesn’t contain cholesterol or saturated fats. In fact, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which is very important for those individuals who are particular on their excess body weight.

Vitamin C

Mangosteens are extremely rich in vitamin c. The fruit usually contain about 12-13% RDA per one hundred grams. Being a very powerful antioxidant that is water soluble, vitamin c can provide resistance against sickness especially flu-like infectious agents. Therefore, consuming fruits that are rich in vitamin C is important for developing resistance against harmful diseases. Folate also plays an essential role in foetal development as well as evolution of new fresh cells in the human body. This certain vitamin is very important during pregnancy and can also help protect the neutral tube effects.

Blood Flow

The mangosteen fruit also aids in promoting the red blood cells and it also prevents the development of anemia. It also improves the blood flow through causing the dilation of the blood vessels that can help to protect an individual against diseases like high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, severe chest pains and heart congestion.

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