Mangosteen juice is a beverage made from the seeds, rind and the flesh of the Garcinia Mangostan L. tropic fruit. Rich in xanthones, some of the most potent antioxidants (it has over 30 xanthones). Mangosteen juice is believed to treat many diseases including cancer cells.
What is Mangosteen
Mangostana or the Garcinia Mangostan L. is a tropical fruit. The fruit is approximately the size of an apple with a hard thick rind. Inside the fruit there are white segments like an orange and large seeds. The fruit mangosteen belongs to the family of Guttiferae. It is cultivated in the tropical rain forests of some Asian nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Thailand.
This fruit is well known among natives as the “queen of the fruits”. The reasons for this are the fruit’s healing properties. The pericarp peel, rind, hull or ripe are used. The fruit is used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of abdominal pain, wound infections, chronic ulcers, diarrhea.
Experimental studies have demonstrated that extracts of Garcinia Mangostana L. have:
- Antibacterial, and
- Antiviral activities
This fruit is known to be rich in various xanthones, with the pericarp of Garciana Mangostana L. being the source of xanthones and other bioactive substances. These xanthones are well known to possess unique biological activities (according to a some study, in the future it may be developed as novel analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs), with potential therapeutic use.
Mangosteen Medical Research Facts
In a research study the cytotoxic activities of mangosteen xanthones were analyzed.
Two analysis were performed, one in a test tube with human colon cancer cells and another using an animal as a host for grown cancer cells.
In a test tube it was shown that mangosteen xanthones slow down the growth of tumor cells.
In the experiment with the mouse, it was shown that at relatively low doses, the growth of tumors was repressed. When a higher dose of mangosteen xanthones was given, the size of tumors was reduced gradually, and in some mice, the disappearance of tumors was seen.
The results showed the potential of mangosteen xanthones to serve as anti-cancer agents for the chemotherapy of cancer (something to elaborate on, with a doctor).
Mangosteen juice became known because of its health benefits (it is rich in antioxidants). The juice is made by liquefying the seeds, rind, and flesh of mangosteen fruit.
One can find easily Mangosteen Juice online or in some health food shops. Even though this fruit is believed to have some healing properties, no study on people has been done (only animals) as yet. Therefore, it should not be used in place of necessary medicines (better to talk with a doctor).
Until proven otherwise, it is good to consume this juice as you would consume any other healthy drink or a vitamin; enjoy and embrace its benefits.