Mangosteen has been a part of the traditional medicine of various Asian countries for a very long time, and was once brought all the way around the world so that it could be sampled by Queen Victoria. Mangosteen is a storehouse of essential nutrients which are required for normal growth, development and overall nutritional well-being.
1. High in Antioxidants
Scientific Research has revealed that Mangosteen contains a class of naturally occurring polyphenol compounds known as Xanthones. There are two types of xanthones in this fruit – alpha mangosteen and gamma mangosteen. Xanthones and their derivatives have been shown to have several benefits, including having anti-inflammatory properties thus making it an effective remedy against various cardiovascular diseases.
2. Low Calories
This fruit is very low in calories (63 calories per 100 g) and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber (100 g provides about 13% of RDA), which can be very important for individuals who are concerned about putting on excess body weight.
3. Vitamin C
Mangosteens are rich in vitamin C and contains about 12% RDA per 100g. Being a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant, vitamin C provides resistance against flu like infectious agents and scavenge harmful pro-inflammatory free radicals. Therefore consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C is vital for developing resistance against diseases. Folate plays an important role in fetal development and evolution of new cells in the body.
4. Improves Blood Flow
Mangosteen aids in promoting red blood cells and prevents against anaemia. It improves the blood flow by causing dilation of blood vessels which helps to protect us against certain diseases like atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, heart congestion and severe chest pains.
5. Curbs Cataracts
By increasing the amount of blood flow to the eye, Vitamin C in mangosteen is effective against preventing cataracts. 1000mg Vitamin C per day is said to be effective in curbing cataracts and improving vision.
6. Diarrhea and Dysentery
The mangosteen pericarp and peel are effective in providing relief from stomach disorders such as diarrhea and dysentery.
7. Menstrual Problems
Mangosteen root helps in regulating menstrual cycle in women.
8. Astringent Properties
The bark and leaves of the mangosteen tree exhibit astringent properties and are beneficial in curing thrush or aphtha.
9. Cardioprotective Effect
Mangosteen is helpful in reducing the risk of stroke or myocardial infarction. Findings of a study indicate the cardio protective effect of mangosteen on antioxidant tissue defense system and lipid peroxidation during stroke.
10. Reduces Cholesterol
Mangosteen is helpful in reducing the level of cholesterol and helps control the level of triglycerides in the human body.
Mangosteen fruit contains strong antibacterial and antifungal properties besides being highly effective in boosting weak immune systems. Its inhibitory action against harmful bacteria is effective for patients suffering from tuberculosis.
12. Regulates Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Mangosteen fruit also contains high levels of magnesium. This may help control the electrical function of the heart, keeping the heart rate and blood pressure under control and promoting a regular heartbeat. Potassium provides protection against strokes and coronary heart diseases as it is an important component of cell and body fluids and controls heart rate and blood pressure.
13. Prevents Inflammation
Many respiratory issues are caused by inflammation within the passageways of the lungs, thus restricting the ability to breathe normally. Reducing inflammation can open up the airways and allow normal breathing. There has been a long-existing train of thought that the ability to effectively and safely reduce inflammation may help prevent further more serious health complications like cancer, heart disease or respiratory issues. Moreover, preventing inflammation may help people who have mobility issues due to swelling and soreness of the joints to feel better and be able to move more freely. This directly affects an individual’s overall health and their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The antioxidants found in mangosteen help to prevent cancer and other cardiovascular diseases. It is a powerful and effective antioxidant that protects our body from free radicals that cause oxidative stress, or cellular rust that can lead to host of severe medical conditions.
15. Improves Digestion
The fiber which naturally exists in the mangosteen fruit may help anyone who suffers from digestive problems to regulate their digestive systems.
16. Antihistamine Properties
Mangosteen also acts as a natural antihistamine. Some individuals, who suffer from certain diseases of the eyes, are also unable to take allergy medications. Therefore, they are left to try to find solutions that work for them without making their existing health conditions worse.
Mangosteen has natural antibacterial properties and antimicrobial compounds, which are highly effective in treating many common skin problems. Acne, skin blemishes, oily skin and dry skin can be cured by the consumption of mangosteen.
18. Smooth Skin
The juice made out of the mangosteen peel can make your skin feel tighter.
19. Repairs Cells
Xanthone compounds present in this fruit’s skin are the highest when compared to other fruits. These can cure skin diseases, repair the damaged cells in your body and protect them.
20. Treats Minor Cuts
People in Southeast Asia have long used mangosteen to stop minor bleeding injuries and used it like an antiseptic for topical application.
21. Weight Loss
Intake of mangosteen is a widely used orthodox method for losing weight. Mangosteen helps in the prevention of weight gain, by burning down fat.
22. Gum Disease
Mangosteen acts as a weapon to fight against the gum disease known as periodontitis. The gel of mangosteen helps to cure gum problems.
Mangosteen can be very useful in reducing premenstrual symptoms like dizziness, mood swings, hypertension. In Malaysia, a mangosteen root decoction is consumed to regulate menstruation.
24. Stomach disorders
In the state of Philippines, the mangosteen is widely cultivated and they use its leaves and barks for treating diarrhea, dysentery and urinary disorders.
25. Anti – Ageing
Mangosteen is filled with antioxidants such as catechin (the antioxidant found in green tea) which fight free radicals.
26. Viral infections
Xanthones present in mangosteen have the natural ability to attack fungal and viral infections. They even help to get rid of certain carcinogens from attacking your skin.