Mangosteen: The ‘Queen of the Fruits’

The mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.) is a fruit native to tropical and arid climates, including Southeast Asia countries such as India, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.

Frequently considered a superfruit due to its exotic nature and reported traditional health benefits, the mangosteen has a soft flesh that resembles a white tangerine. Its flesh is mildly acidic and exhibits a delicious taste profile described as sweet and sour and resembles the flavor of a combination of grape and strawberry.

Along with its somewhat restrictive growing season and limited geography, the mangosteen has a fascinating history. Sometime in 1850s England, the tropical fruit was coined “Queen of the Fruits,” in reference to a quote made by Queen Victoria.

Mangosteens Are Phytonutrient Rich

Like most fruits and vegetables, the mangosteen contains a wide assortment of plant-based nutrients. In addition to anthocyanins, flavonoids, and terpenes, mangosteens are also rich in tannins and a family of phytonutrients known as xanthones. Xanthones, like polyphenols in fruits and vegetables, are a diverse family with at least 70 xanthones thus far isolated or characterized from the mangosteen.

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Nutraceutical Mangosteen Compositions

Nutraceutical compositions derived from the fruit of the Garcinia mangostana L. or mangosteen plant and methods to make the same are provided. The nutraceutical mangosteen compositions employ novel combinations of mangosteen fruit pulp and pericarp, and can be additionally complemented by selected juice concentrates to yield a composition for improving general health and wellness in humans. The methods to make the nutraceutical compositions involve the use of a mixture comprising pericarp and inner pulp from whole fruit of a Garcinia mangostana L. plant.

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Mangosteen: The only true Super Fruit

It has become popular to label botanicals as “super foods” or “super fruits” but in most cases, there is no scientific basis for that. A “super” or above average botanical, is one that shows a growing body of scientific interest as it continuously is proven to address all body systems in an exceptional way. There are very few botanicals that honestly have this level of scientific interest, & over time, have continued to capture the attention of researchers. Remember it takes millions of dollars invested to sustain the level of laboratory scrutiny medical researchers need. So the funding will not continue if a botanical falls out of interest due to lack of superior efficacy. Mangosteen has passed the test of time, interest, efficacy of results across all body systems, & sustained funding. There are currently 44 different countries medical research facilities that are studying mangosteen xanthones. It deserves the label super food.
  • Mangosteen now has over 700 published papersIt remains at the pinnacle in the landscape of medical research. The scientists have moved on multiple human conditions to identify how mangosteen works & have already produced several drugs from the botanical. Interest has grown significantly since 2002 when the first whole food mangosteen product was made commercially available & it continues to grow.
  • XANTHONES are the class of phytonutrients unique to mangosteen that give it powerful, irreplaceable value. Mangosteen is the only commercial source for humans to ingest xanthones. It is xanthones that the scientists are studying, and the vast majority of them are in the RIND or pericarp of the mangosteen. 
Aside from xanthones, another reason mangosteen qualifies to be called a SUPER fruit is the arsenal of plant nutrition it contains.
Here is a list of them 
  • Xanthones (70+ different, identified, and studied xanthones)
  • Proanthocyananidins
  • Anthocyananidins
  • Catechins
  • Polysaccharides
  • Polyphenols
  • Benzophenones
  • Sterols
  • Pycnogenol
  • Epigallocatechin Gallate

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