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To give its full name, mangosteen is the fruit of the Garcinia Mangostana plant. Harvested mainly from the tropical forests of East Asia, mangosteen is one of the most treasured fruits on our planet. The taste is sweet, delicious and appeals to most palates. Queen Victoria, while visiting Asia, described mangosteen as her favourite fruit. Although mangosteen has remained unknown in North America and Europe, it is so prized by inhabitants of tropical rain forests that they often refer to it as the "Queen of fruits".
Asians have utilised the fruit's health benefits for centuries in various applications. Mangosteen is also renowned for its ability to reduce pain and fever as well as increase energy levels. Furthermore, it contains a very high concentration of xanthones, one of the most powerful anti-oxidants ever discovered.
Xanthones protect the human body by fighting against free radicals and support the immune system in many ways with anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. No other fruit or single food source has been found to include such a high concentration of xanthones. The mangosteen fruit is the best edible source for Xanthones in the natural world. The Mangosteen fruit happens to contain more than 20 different types of beneficial xanthones. Xanthones are not found in the fruits and vegetables we regularly have access to. They are primarily found in Gentain and Chinese skullcap nectars
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Below you will find answers to common questions, including information on the origins and history of the mangosteen fruit, along with mangosteen health benefits.
1. What is the mangosteen fruit?
2. What part of the mangosteen fruit is used in medicinal preaprations ?
3. Why haven't I heard of the benefits of the mangosteen before?
4. Is the mangosteen part of the Mango family ?
5. Where is the mangosteen fruit grown?
6. Can I eat the fruit like any other fruit and receive all of the health benefits?
7. Does the Mangosteen Fruit have any known side effects?
8. What benefits does the mangosteen fruit provide?
The mangosteen fruit dubbed The Queen of the Fruits is a tropical fruit that is similar in size and colour to the plum. It has a snow white pulp wrapped in segments like an orange. The flavor of the fruit pulp is very uniquely pleasing and highly sought after in the regions where it is grown and marketed. When queen Victoria first tasted the fruit she loved it. So much so that she declared it to be her favorite fruit. The mangosteen fruit is highly revered for its health benefits.
The mangosteen fruit is comprised of the following three components: the pericarp - or rind, the pulp - which is the sweet segmented interior of the fruit, and the seeds - found inside the pulp. Xanthones and polysaccharides, which are the medicinal attributes, are found in highest concentrations in the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit. They are also found in the pulp but in lower concentrations. Due to the high concentrations of Xanthones and polysaccharides in the pericarp, it is incredibly important that any preparation include it.
Most people who have lived in, or visited, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, or the Philippines know that the fruit is very popular. Although we have not heard of the benefits of the mangosteen fruit in Europe it has been researched in labs around the world for over thirty years, and used in folk medicine for centuries. The mangosteen is probably the most medically researched botanical in the world. Up until recently the mangosteen fruit was not available in quantities necessary to support export markets.
In short, no the mangosteen fruit is not a member of the mango family. Mangosteen is a part of the Garcinia Family. The scientific name for the mangosteen fruit is the Garcinia Mangostana.
For centuries the fruit was only grown in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Today it is also grown in Australia, Brazil, and the Caribbean islands.
Raw mangosteen can occasionally be purchased from specialty Asian supermarket stores. You should be aware that although you can purchase the fruit on occasion, the only way to receive the maximum benefits that the fruit can offer is to eat the whole fruit. A great majority of the health benefits are found in the rind and the seeds of the fruit. Since the rind and seeds are very bitter, it is unlikely that you will be able to bring yourself to eat enough of both the rind and the seeds to receive the fruits health benefits. We've tried it at Perfect Shape and it doesn't taste great!
Also, the concentrations of Xanthones found in the fruit vary at different points in the life cycle of the fruit. Another problem is that fruit that is picked from trees prior to being ripe (the normal procedure for picking fruit that you find in grocery stores), shipped in crates half way around the world are most often damaged. Scientific research has shown that mangosteen fruit are very sensitive. Damage to the rind caused by incorrect handling methods can cause significant reduction in medicinal qualities. It is important that your mangosteen supplement is prepared in such a way that the fruit is picked at its most beneficial stage, flash frozen on the stem, shipped, carefully prepared, and then bottled to ensure that you receive the maximum health benefit possible from the fruit.
A third party supplement research website documents known side effects of main stream health and nutrition supplements. The "Supplement Watch" website declares that "No adverse side effects have been associated with mangosteen whole fruit, juice, or extracts." Many doctors have endorsed the use of Mangosteen juice in regular dietary supplementation. Having said that, the Mangosteen fruit is a tropical fruit, therefore people with allergies to tropical fruit should seek advice from their doctor before trying a Mangosteen supplement.
Mangosteen is like no other health supplement on the market today in that there are such a wide range of body systems positively effected by it. Evidence shows that mangosteen reduces inflammation in the musculoskeletal system, its antioxidant effects benefit the cardiovascular system, and its antiviral, anti-parisitic, and antifungal properties aid the immune system - and that's just to name a few ! - there is truly no other fruit like it !
Garcinia mangosteen juice and concentrates of : organic black cherry juice, organic cranberry juice, blueberry juice, organic raspberry juice, pomegranate juice, elderflower juice - citric acid and natural flavours.
Take 30ml daily on an empty stomach. Consult a doctor before use if pregnant. Keep product refrigerated once opened.
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