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 Mangosteen
(Garcinia Mangostana)


open quote logo graphics Animal studies show that mangosteen has antioxidant, antiinflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. This berry fruit holds promise towards our quest to cure cancer and to offer antioxidant protection to our cells in our body.
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This fruit holds promise for having the potential to treat many health conditions. Berry fruits contain active chemical substances that show many health benefits.

Increasing your dietary intake of berry fruits such as mangosteen, acai, strawberry, blueberry and many others is a first step towards living a healthy life free from diseases. Mom was right. Fruits are good for you.

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Evidence of Benefits (Leaf Rating System)

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One clinical study showed that a mouth rinse that contains extracts from this berry fruit was able to reduce the severity of bleeding and plaque build-up in adults with chronic gingivitis.

Another study used the gel formula containing extracts of G. mangostana and it was shown to be a good addition to regular dental cleaning.
 
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A well-designed clinical study involving 59 healthy adults showed that eating this berry fruit enhanced the immune system and created a better sense of well-being.
 
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Benefits

The antiinflammatory and antioxidant benefits of this fruit may help with conditions such as osteoarthritis and heart disease.

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Many lab and animal studies show that the active ingredient mangostin found in this berry fruit can stop cancer cells growth in mouse.

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Lab studies show that the active ingredients found in this fruit was able to kill off acne producing bacteria. The researchers suggested that it can be helpful in treating acne conditions.

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In laboratory research, this berry fruit was shown to be very potent at killing off the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus auerus (MRSA). MRSA is a very harmful bacteria that causes deaths worldwide.

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Mangostins, a type of xanthones also show antihistamine effects, thus it is suggested it might be helpful in treating allergies and asthma conditions.

leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Antifungal and Antiviral Effects

Scientists are encouraged by chemicals found in this fruit to be able to kill or at least to slow down bacterial growth and viral replication in lab studies.

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Anecdotal reports suggest that eating this fruit may be useful in relieving sinus pressure and pain.

As the active ingredients found in this berry fruit possesses antibacterial, antiinflammatory and anti-allergy properties, it is possible that it may be useful for treating sinus problems.



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Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

  • acne
  • antiinflammatory properties
  • antioxidant benefits
  • bladder infections (cystitis)
  • cancer treatment
  • antioxidant benefits
  • antiviral and antibacterial effects
  • sinus infection (sinusitis)
  • allergy treatment (hay fever)
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea
  • depression
  • dysentery
  • gingivitis (gum disease)
  • gonorrhea
  • heart disease
  • menstrual problems
  • osteoarthritis
  • stimulate the immune system
  • thrush
  • tuberculosis
  • urinary disorders
Topically (On the skin)
  • eczema
  • skin infections and wounds
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Facts and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is this exotic berry fruit mangosteen used for?

Mangosteen is a fruit found in Asia. Asians eat the fruit as a dessert and use it to make jams. The juice is consumed by many as they believe it promotes general overall health and longevity.

It is regularly used in traditional medicine to treat various health conditions.

Chemical analysis of this fruit shows that it contains many active substances such as xanthones. Xanthones are shown to be able to kill bacteria, cancer cells and reduce inflammation in laboratory and animal studies. Mangosteen contains various types of mangostins, a type of xanthones.

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Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

What are some common side effects?

There is not reported side effects from eating this fruit in amounts found in a typical diet.

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Dosage & How to Take It

There are no dosage information available. It is consumed in quantities typically found in Asian diets.

Selected References for Mangosteen
Updated: March 10, 2010

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