Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in hot and humid parts of the world, particularly those in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Going against what the name may suggest, the mangosteen fruit has pretty much no relation to the mango (apart from both being exotic fruits!), and in terms of looks, it has the similar properties to a peach, being the same size and roughly the same color. Since the discovery of the fruit in Western countries, effective research has been shown to prove that mangosteen is massively beneficial to our health, providing various nutrients unable to be obtained elsewhere. In fact, people often classify it as one of the so-called ‘wonder foods’ or ‘superfoods’.
One significant reason for its status as a wonder fruit is down to the amount of xanthones in mangosteen fruit. Research has shown that the hard rind of a mangosteen fruit contains more xanthones than any other fruit, and it is these xanthones which make it such a popular source for medicine, both modern and ancient.
If you are sat there thinking, “Well what in the world are xanthones,” let me explain: Xanthones in mangosteen come in many forms, but they all serve the same purpose, to make us healthy! “Xanthones” is basically the collective term for certain compounds such as beta-mangostin, garcinone B, alpha-mangostin and garginone E. They may sound confusing, but… well, they are!
Whether you understand them or not, xanthones have always been found in fruits and vegetables, and they present numerous health benefits. The xanthones found in mangosteen have been show to help to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent heart disease, and help eradicate smaller problems such as inflammation, as well as having antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Since the production of a mangosteen based beverage in the United States, the mangosteen fruit has been mostly unheard of. However, the mangosteen is rapidly gaining in popularity. Since its rise in popularity, people have started to understand more about the actual benefits of exotic and tropical fruits.
Xanthones in mangosteen are essential for our overall health and well-being, but the mangosteen doesn’t just stop there. Fruits in general are low in calories, and the mangosteen is no exception. As mentioned earlier, the mangosteen can been compared to fruits such as the peach, in terms of its size and flavor, so if peach is a piece of fruit you enjoy, then maybe mangosteen could be your next love.