Monday, December 1, 2008


Ever head of mangosteen? Mangosteen is a fruit originating in Southeast Asia and contains xanthones, a group of extremely powerful antioxidants that are rarely found in fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, they're found in high amounts in the tropical fruit mangosteen!

Video about inflammation, mangosteen and heart disease


Mangosteen: Mayo Clinic

Mangosteen juice: Can it relieve arthritis pain?

A number of laboratory and animal studies suggest that mangosteen has significant anti-inflammatory effects. Unfortunately, at this time, there have been no human studies to determine if these anti-inflammatory effects will be helpful to people with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. Despite its name, mangosteen is not related to the mango. The fruit is the size and shape of a tangerine, with a thick, dark rind and creamy flesh. Mangosteen is marketed as a supplement, available as a juice and in capsule form. The juice typically consists of a mix of mangosteen and other fruit juices, such as apple, pear and blueberry — with an often undisclosed amount of mangosteen juice.
Like many fruits and vegetables, mangosteen is a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural compounds in foods that may protect against certain diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Mangosteen also contains some unique chemicals called xanthones, which appear to have potent anti-inflammatory effects in the laboratory.
So for the time being, drink mangosteen juice if you enjoy the taste. But until human studies are completed, claims that mangosteen can cure arthritis or any other disease are just that — undocumented claims.


The exotic Mangosteen fruit is delicious, hard to get and has an impressive list of health benefits. Unfortunately most of the nutrients responsible for these benefits are to be found in the rind of the fruit, which tastes nasty. Therefore most commercial mangosteen fruit juice drinks contain more then just mangosteen in order to make them palatable.

What are the health benefits of Mangosteen Fruit Juice?
Mangosteen Juice contains xanthones and other phytonutrients.
The health benefits of these are reputed to be:

• Maintains immune system health
• Protects from free radical damage
• Supports microbiological balance
• Provides positive mental support
• Promotes joint flexibility
• Anti-seborrheic (prevents skin disorders)
• Anti-lipidemic (lowers LDL)
• Anti-pyretic (lowers fevers)
• Anti-neuralgic (reduces nerve pain)
• Anti-vertigo (prevents dizziness)
• Anti-Alzheimerian/Parkinson
• Increases energy
• Anti-depressant
• Anti-diabetic
• Anti-microbial
• Anti-ulcer
• Anti-tumour
• Anti-viral
• Anti-ageing
• Antibiotic
• Anti-inflammatory
Are there any side effects to Mangosteen Fruit Juice?
There are few truly scientific studies or clinical trials into Mangosteen Juice, so the befits and risk are still a little hazy but you should be aware of three concerns that have been raised:
Xanthones are thought to stop blood clotting properly
Xanothones can cause sedation in combination with other herbs or medicines.
Mangosteen may be toxic at high doses