Mangosteen, a seasonal fruit known to be the queen of fruits in Southeast Asia, is a round brownish-purple skinned fruit that has essential medicinal properties with the primary active component known as Xanthones , which only few has had the opportunity to discover. It has long been used for traditional medicine as far back as before the 18th century, but only recently in modern times has science proved the validity of its benefits.
Xanthones are similar to bioflavanoids, nature’s biological response modifiers to compounds such as allergens, viruses, and carcinogens among others. It is a powerful antioxidant to protect the body from oxidative and free radical damage. But these compounds appear to be rare in nature. About two hundred natural xanthones have so far been already identified, and around forty of which have been found to be present in mangosteen fruit.
The fruit meat is a triangular fleshy segments of about 4 to 10 counts and is white, soft, and juicy. It has a unique delectable taste that is very low in caloric count (63cal/100g), with no saturated fats or cholesterol.
The strong antioxidant properties contained in a mangosteen fruit effectively fights free radicals in the body. It aids in strengthening the immune system, promotes joint and cartilage functions, builds up a strong respiratory system and promotes an overall healthy well-being.
Further studies revealed the other uses and benefits of mangosteen to be anti-tumor/ anti-cancer, anti-inflamatory, effective in prevention & treatment of infections including lowering of high body temperature, treats diarrhoea, cystitis, eczema, gleet & gonorrhoea, fights against human breast adenocarcinoma cell line, has active anti-micro bacterial activity & prevents or slows down histamine release.
Nutritional Value per 100g
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.4 g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber||5.10 g||13%|
|Pantothenic acid||0.032 mg||<1%|
|Vitamin A||35 IU||1%|
|Vitamin C||7.2 mg||12%|
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)