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
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!
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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