Mangosteen juice is made from the seeds, rind, and flesh of this tropical fruit, and together with the pomegranate and acai berry, is one of nature's super fruits. These typically have high nutrient and anti-oxidant qualities. Mangosteens contain xanthones, often referred to as super anti-oxidants, and are natural constituents of the flesh and rind of the mangosteen fruit. The mangosteen has by far the most xanthones of any plant, and is thought to be a more powerful anti-oxidant than Vitamin C.
Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is a tropical fruit tree that is thought to have originated in South-East Asia. It has a tangerine sized fruit with a dark purple rind, with sweet multi-segmented white flesh. To access the plum tasting flesh simply twist or press the fruit. The fruit pulp is used as a dessert but is also canned. It has since been cultivated more widely in the tropics, where it is a popular medicinal plant and folk remedy, particularly in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders such as diarrhoea. It has also been used to treat infected wounds, tuberculosis, malaria, urinary tract infections, syphilis and gonorrhoea. In the Caribbean, a tea made from mangosteen is used as a tonic for fatigue, whilst Brazilians use a similar tea as a de-worming agent and digestive aid. Because the plant takes many years to mature and produce fruit, sustainable harvesting techniques are essential to ensure over exploitation of this resource.
The known benefits of mangosteen have appreciated widely, with more scientific research underway. This has centred on the significance xanthones play in fighting disease and degeneration. With over 30 xanthones occurring in the rind of the fruit alone, this bodes well for the future! Mangosteen may:
It should be noted that the pasteurisation (partial sterilisation) process, used in many bottled drinks, may destroy the natural properties of the fruit content. Food additives such as sodium benzoate and benzoic acid, aimed at preventing the liquid deteriorating, may also alter the chemical nature of the juice.
Please bear in mind that mangosteen juice alone is not a cure all, and should be consumed as part of a balanced diet. Consult your nutritionist or local health food outlet for further information.