The tropical round shaped, glossy, purple fruit is capped with light green gyre which holds it, this fruit is known as Mangosteen. This fruit is more familiar in rainforest areas of Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri-Lanka, and Indonesia. And it is probably unknown fruit in North America. Species similar to this fruit exist in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.
The Mangosteen plant is originated in Thailand or Myanmar and in recent years it has been cultivated in other southeast countries like Singapore, Sri-Lanka and India. Thailand is the largest producer of mangosteen where it is popular as “Mangkhud”.
How Does It Look Like?
The outer layer of the fruit is purple in color, thick and rubbery. If you cut it and see the interior of this fruit then you will observe snow white segment/ juicy arils similar in design to that of an orange & each segment contains 1-4 bitter-tasting seeds. And believe me, its inside is sweet and delicious.
THE GOLDEN BENEFITS OF THIS FRUIT IS THAT THIS FRUIT HAS CANCER-FIGHTING PROPERTY AND NOW MANY SOUTHEAST COUNTRIES USES THE BARK AND LEAVES AS A MEDICINE. SO WE CAN SAY THAT THIS PLANT NOT ONLY COSTS FOR ITS FRUIT BUT ALSO FOR ITS PARTS.
Mangosteen Nutrition Facts
Botanically speaking, this is a fruit from the family of Clusiaceae of genus Garcinia popular with a botanic name as Garcinia mangostana.
This fruit can be available in the month of June and October. Mangosteen plant is evergreen and can reach up to 20-60 ft. in height. Completely matured fruit can measure about 3-7 cm in diameter. Different species spread around Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America along the tropical belt.
- Lemon drop Mangosteen (Garcinia madruno) is native to the Malayan peninsula
- African Mangosteen or Imbe(Garcinia Livingstone) is native to West Africa.
Mangosteen Nutritional Value (per 100 g)
Water: 80g per 100g serving
Calorie, Fat, and Fiber: It is moderately low in calories i.e. 73caloreis per 100 g and 0.6g of saturated fat and which is negligible and 0% of daily value and contains no cholesterol and nor it is rich in dietary fiber.
Vitamins: Mangosteen is a good source of vitamin C it provides up to 12% of daily value. All the fruits rich in vitamin C are very good for health because it provides resistance to fight any bacterial flu, viral flue and help to weaken the pro-inflammatory free radicals.
It also provides vitamin B- complex such as thiamin, niacin and folates in the small range 4.5%, 2% and 8% respectively that helps body metabolism.
Minerals: It also gives a good amount of minerals like copper, manganese, and magnesium.
Electrolytes: Potassium is also provided with a small amount which is good for maintaining heart rate, protection against heart disease.
So let’s have a look at Health Benefits of Mangosteen
Health Benefits of Eating Mangosteen
1) Helps to Prevent Cancer and Cardiovascular Cell
Mangosteen has pericarps which contain Xanthones has an effect or property of anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. This xanthone exhibit potential required to be developed as an agent to prevent cancer and also can be used as a combination with the anticancer drug for major beneficial effects.
2) Skin Care
Reducing the risk of various skincrae conditions such as skin inflammation, skin aging, allergies. Bacterial infections can be done by Mangosteen because of its property of anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. One study also revealed that its property can also prevent skin cancer.
3) Helps to Regulate the Menstrual Cycle
Mangosteen root treats the menstrual problem. It regulates the cycle and eases the symptoms that often comes before every menstrual like Abdominal cramps, tender breasts, vomiting, and headache.
4) Cure Diabetes
Many studies have revealed that the use of Mangosteen can also cure diabetes, as it is effective in maintaining blood sugar levels in the body.
5) Weight Loss
This fruit is good for weight loss as it is low carbohydrate diet so you can incorporate it into your diet chart.
6) Accelerate Healing
As I have told you that this fruit has properties of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammation. Many benefits are based upon these properties among them one benefit is its fast healing effect. The leaves and the barks of this plant are mixed with other medicinal herbs and can be applied on the wound for its recovery and for faster response drink or pea can be prepared by boiling the leaves and bark of the plant.
I think you are well aware of the benefit of mangosteen. It seems like a blessing from good to combat the health-related problem. Try to get this fruit and incorporate in your diet it will cure your health problems at a greater extent.