What is mangosteen
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit. The fruit, fruit juice, rind, twig, and bark are used as medicine.
The purple mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), colloquially known simply as mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The tree grows from 7 to 25 m (20–80 ft) tall. The rind (exocarp) of the edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. Botanically an aril, the fragrant edible flesh can be described as sweet and tangy, citrusy with a flavour and texture similar to a peach.
The purple mangosteen belongs to the same genus as the other, less widely known, mangosteens, such as the button mangosteen (G. prainiana) or the charichuelo (G. madruno).
Mangosteen is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Mangosteen produces a recalcitrant seed and must be kept moist to remain viable until germination. Mangosteen seeds are nucellar in origin and not the result of fertilisation; they germinate as soon as they are removed from the fruit and die quickly if allowed to dry.
Some people apply mangosteen to the skin for eczema and other skin conditions. Mangosteen is often eaten as a dessert fruit or made into jams. History reports that it was Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit.
The subsurface chemistry of the mangosteen exocarp comprises an array of polyphenols including xanthones and tannins that assure astringency which discourages infestation by insects, fungi, plant viruses, bacteria and animal predation while the fruit is immature. Colour changes and softening of the exocarp are natural processes of ripening that indicates the fruit can be eaten and the seeds have finished developing.
Mangosteen is used for diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTIs), gonorrhea, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, and an intestinal infection called dysentery. It is also used for stimulating the immune system and improving mental health.
Plants have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal qualities to protect themselves. Their actions in this manner are like bleach or antibacterial soap: they kill microorganisms on contact. They are antiseptics, not antibiotics (as often falsely claimed). Bleach kills almost every microorganism, but if you have a cold, will drinking bleach help? Drinking antibacterial soap? No. Antibiotics are substances that can be taken internally, are absorbed, and are effective against bacteria in the extremely low concentrations that they appear at in the blood. Test tube studies of things like Mangosteen involve putting extracts directly onto the microorganisms. Now, if a study appeared in which people with infections were given mangosteen or placebo, and the people in the mangosteen group got better faster, that would mean something: but nothing like that has been done.
Here are some products with Mangosteen from the Natural Marketplace:
Genesis Today – Power 4 100% Goji, Acai, Noni & Mangosteen Juice
Genesis Today – Mangosteen 100 – 100% Pure Undiluted Juice 30,000 mg
MyChelle Dermaceuticals – Fruit Enzyme Mist