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The Queen of Fruits: Modern Research and Ancient Wisdom Finally Agree

The Queen of Fruits: Modern Research and Ancient Wisdom Finally Agree

Dec 11th 2013

The Mystery of the Queen of Fruits

Modern Research and Ancient Wisdom Finally Agree

Mangosteen Fruit

Mangosteen fruit, known as the "Queen of Fruits," has been traditionally used for centuries by the people of Southeast Asia. We now know it contains an impressive variety of vitamins and minerals, but the most exciting components are a group of phytochemicals called xanthones (pronounced ZAN-thnz) that are ONLY found in the rind. This is critical because most mangosteen products on the market do NOT include the rindOur mangosteen powder does. The xanthone compounds in mangosteen have been shown to have "antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects,"(1) leading modern researchers to further explore the health potential of this amazing superfruit:




One of the most important aspects of mangosteen is "the anti-inflammatory activities of xanthones."(2) This has led researchers to conclude that the major xanthones in mangosteen "may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of allergic asthma."(3) It can even have an effect on heart health; one study showed that one of the major xanthones in mangosteen known as alpha-mangostin "significantly attenuated [cardiac] abnormalities and restored the levels to near normalcy," leading researchers to conclude that "alpha-mangostin preserves myocardial [muscular tissue of the heart] membrane integrity."(4)



 Blood Sugar               

The effect of mangosteen’s phytochemicals was found to be "comparable to that of acarbose," a prescribed anti-diabetic drug which inhibits enzymes that cause starches to break down into glucose.(5)



 Pain and Infections      

Because mangosteen can act as an anti-inflammatory, it has been shown to have pain relieving effects, too. One study noted the traditional uses of mangosteen in Southeast Asia for "abdominal pain, dysentery, wound infections and chronic ulcers," going on to suggest that based on clinical findings, "xanthones may be developed as novel analgesics [pain-relieving] and anti-inflammatory drugs."(6)




Applications of mangosteen have been shown to be effective in minimizing acne. One study compared mangosteen to other plants and determined that it "possessed the most significant antioxidant activity and reduced reactive oxygen species production," two factors that can affect the growth of acne. Researchers concluded by identifying mangosteen as a "promising source of anti-inflammatory agent which could be useful in treatment of acne vulgaris."(7)

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Review by Ricki

Mangosteen Powder

"I have been sick for years with something that doctors never figured out. They wanted to put me on several prescription drugs. Since they never found a diagnosis, I felt no drug could do anything but treat symptoms, so why deal with the side effects? I decided to treat myself naturally. Mangosteen Powder was one of my treatments. I used it for immune system improvement since that seemed to be what happened to me as a result from whatever caused this mystery illness. UNBELIEVABLE results!!!! Ordering more!"

Mo' Mangosteen, No Problems Recipe
As you can see, mangosteen powder is quite powerful so a little goes a long way! Try adding ¼ teaspoon to your juice or smoothie, or check out this recipe:

Mo’ Mangosteen No Problems

Be prepared for flu season with this superfood beverage! Mangosteen powder is rich in xanthones, a powerful group of antioxidants specifically found in the rind of the mangosteen fruit, helping to protect the body from free radical damage.

Serving size – 1


  • 12oz fresh squeezed orange juice

  • ¼ tsp Mangosteen Powder

  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen fruit

  • Add all ingredients into a high speed blender, and blend on high speed for 30 seconds. Enjoy!


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1 - “Distribution of major xanthones in the pericarp, aril, and yellow gum of mangosteen (garcinia mangostana linn.) fruit and their contribution to antioxidative activity.” National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan, 2013.
2 - “α-Mangostin: anti-inflammatory activity and metabolism by human cells.” The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013.
3 - “Mangosteen xanthones mitigate ovalbumin-induced airway inflammation in a mouse model of asthma.” Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, 2012.*
4 - “Ameliorative prospective of alpha-mangostin, a xanthone derivative from Garcinia mangostana against beta-adrenergic cathecolamine-induced myocardial toxicity and anomalous cardiac TNF-alpha and COX-2 expressions in rats.” University of Madras, 2008.*
5 - “Assay-guided fractionation study of alpha-amylase inhibitors from Garcinia mangostana pericarp.” National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore, 2007. 

6 - “New medicinal properties of mangostins: analgesic activity and pharmacological characterization of active ingredients from the fruit hull of Garcinia mangostana L.” Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2010.*
7 - “Effect of Garcinia mangostana on inflammation caused by Propionibacterium acnes.” Mahidol University, Thailand, 2007.



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