What is the mangosteen nutrition content that yielding so many health benefits? Let’s review what science has studied about the content of this amazing fruit and how the nutrients can benefit us with regard to the health.
Just like any other fruit, mangosteen has potassium, phosphorus calcium, iron, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C. In addition to the vitamin and minerals, mangosteen also contain biologically active substances like Catechins, Proanthocyanidins, Polysaccharides. What makes mangosteen unique is it has something extra, a new class of phytonutrients called Xanthones. The vitamins and minerals may not sound new to all of us as they are commonly available in other food. What I would like to illustrate is the biological active compounds available in the mangosteen fruit:
Catechins are flavonoid phytochemical compounds that appear predominantly in green tea. Smaller amounts of catechins can be found in black tea, grapes, wine, and chocolate. 85% of Japanese drink green tea which promote healthy metabolism, support normal cholesterol level, maintain immune system and help to reduce body far.
Sciencetists say that Proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract are 20 times stronger than Vitamin C and 50 times stronger than Vitamin E. Mangosteen has it too!
Aloe’s secret weapons are Polysaccharides which promote healthy digestion, provide immune support, and help maintain healthy skin. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Polysaccharides are also belong to part of mangosteen nutrients.
Xanthones are potent antioxidant. There are over 200 known xanthones in nature, over 40 are found in the mangosteen, majority of them are available in the rind (pericarp) of the fruit. Current research in test tube study suggests that Xanthones help in many conditions like combating pain, allegies, infections, skin disorders, fatigue, supporting intestinal health, maintaining cardiovascular system and help to neutralize free radicals in human body.
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