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For centuries, the traditional medical healers have been used mangosteen for its health benefits in South East Asia, China, Africa to treat various health problems. This amazing tropical fruit, also known as “Queen of Fruits” is native to Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. This little known wisdom of folk used remedies has come to attention and now we have over 3 decades of scientific research study on why it works and how it works.
The benefits of the mangosteen fruit are said to reach far beyond the nutritional value of the fruit alone. Like other fruits, the mangosteen features important nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, potassium and even some biologically active compounds like Catechins and Proanthocyanidins. What sets it apart is the unique antioxidant content mostly found in pericarp, or rind. This unique antioxidant content is called xanthones. In laboratory vitro study (test tube), mangosteen xanthones possess anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antioxidant properties. However, there is no proof that these xanthones have the same effect when taken orally as when tested in a laboratory setting so far.
By combining some of the testimonials, personal experience with the scientific study, here are the summaries of the health benefits of mangosteen:
In conclusion, the scientific study on the health benefits of mangosteen is still at its early stage.
Ironically, there are tremendous health claims, testimonials regarding the use of mangosteen health supplements and it sounds convincing while lacking scientific proof on human. This has made the benefits of mangosteen become a controversial issue.
So.. Are those claims are “too good to be true” or is it just the commercial marketing strategies?
The good news is, despite the mangosteen controversy, you can decide for yourself what is in your best interests. Here are some of the information that would help you to make an educated decision about managing your health with regards to the mangosteen.
Last but not least, reference some of the related personal experience in using the mangosteen product may help in your decision making. You never know you might benefit from it and be the next testimonial.
Besides the health benefits of mangosteen is diverse, mangosteen can turn to a delicious table recipe also!
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