Mangosteen is a fruit that originated in Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia and is now widely available in several South East Asian regions. The fruit, twig and its bark find their use in medicine for many health problems. Mangosteen has a deep purple skin and white edible flesh with seeds. It is also known as “Queen of fruits” as it tastes delicious.
Mangosteen is a not only a tasty fruit but also a healthy fruit as it contains many essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, protein, carbohydrate, fibre, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, Vitamin A, C, B6, and B12. It also contains thiamine, niacin, folate, carotene, pantothenic acid, riboflavin and cryptoxanthin.
Health benefits of Mangosteen
It is a storehouse of many nutrients and treats various diseases. Let us look at the amazing health benefits of mangosteen fruit.
Support for weight loss
Weight loss is one of the major worry for many people. People do exercises and they eat less food to reduce weight. But they forget one thing that many of the natural products are known to promote weight loss. Mangosteen is one among them. It has natural appetite suppressant property, so it keeps you tummy “free of hunger” for a longer time. Regular consumption of mangosteen fruit in any form helps in reducing weight.
“The American Chemical Society stated that Mangosteen is famous to increase metabolism in the body. Also study has proved that Mangosteen has the ability to speed up fat-burning in our body”.
Helps blood circulation
Mangosteen supports in promoting red blood cells and increases the blood flow. It protects our body from various diseases like heart attack, high cholesterol, anaemia and atherosclerosis.
Good for eyes
Our body cannot make vitamin C on its own, and hence intake of vitamin C rich foods are highly important to maintain eye health. Mangosteen contains good amounts of vitamin C and it is effective against cataracts and other eye related problems. It also helps in improving vision.
Mangosteen holds a polyphenol compound called xanthones powerful antioxidant has healing property which heals cells damaged by free radicals and prevents premature aging of the skin.
Treatment of gum disease
Mangosteen juice contains gel that helps treat gum problems very effectively.
“A study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine suggests that patients who applied a gel containing mangosteen juice to their gums improved more than the control group. The research was concluded on the point that mangosteen gel can be switched with the traditional peridonitis treatment”.
Improves digestion process
Mangosteen peel is rich in fibre. Fibre regulates digestive system, pushes waste through the intestines quickly, boost health, and prevents constipation. Dried mangosteen peel can be used to prepare tea. Mangosteen tea is rich in minerals like magnesium, manganese, copper and potassium. All these minerals helps the body to fight against blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart diseases.
Method of preparing mangosteen tea
- Take off the peel from mangosteen fruit.
- Cut into pieces and dry in sunlight.
- Once dried, grind them and make powder.
- Boil a cup of water and switch off the flame.
- Add a teaspoon of mangosteen powder.
- Leave it to steep for 10 minutes.
- Allow it to cool.
- Add honey or sugar for taste.
Mangosteen fruit contains powerful antioxidants that protect our body from free radicals that cause cellular rust, oxidative stress and cancer. Polysaccharides are extremely potent anti-bacterial and anti-cancer plant compounds. This anti-cancer properties help block mutated cells ability and maintain healthy cells in turn stops spread of cancer cells.
Treat fever and dysentery
Mangosteen peel or the outer skin extract is useful to control fever. The dried rind powder decoction has been used to overcome dysentery, diarrhea, gonorrhoea, and cystitis.
Add one portion of the rind to water and let it steep all night. You can give this to adults and children to treat chronic diarrhea.
Prevents cardiovascular disease
Fully ripened mangosteen yields a polyhydroxy-xanthone that provides beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases like ischemic heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and thrombosis.
“According to research reported in professional journals such as Free Radical Research and the Journal of Pharmacology, these amazing Xanthones have a remarkably beneficial effect on cardiovascular health”.
Protect against type II diabetes
Mangosteen is one of the natural cures for type II diabetes. In today’s world many of them suffer with diabetes due to high level of glucose in the blood. Mangosteen has the ability to regulate and also maintain proper blood glucose levels in the body.
Treatment of skin problems
The dried peel powder has anti-bacterial property which is highly effective in treating many common skin problems like skin blemishes, oily skin, dry skin, and acne.
You can follow the below method to treat eczema and other skin disorders.
- Sun dry mangosteen rind.
- Blend and make a powder.
- Mix this in water and apply on affected areas.
- Wash off after 20 minutes.