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Health Benefits of Mangosteen

Mangosteen, often called the queen of tropical fruits, is an exotic purple coloured fruit on the outside with snow-white, juicy, delicious arils on the inside. This traditional medical healer is a popular native of Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The seeds of this tropical fruit inedible and bitter in taste but the flesh of the fruit are sweet, fragrant, and delicious. The entire fruit is a rich source of medicine. The fruit’s pulp, juice, rind, twig, and bark are used traditionally cure a number of health problems.

Health Benefits of Mangosteen
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Here are the top ten claimed health benefits of Mangosteen.

Healthy Antioxidants

The natural Xanthones content in the fruit is a natural helpul remedy against cardiovascular diseases. Their antioxidants helps heal cells damaged by free radicals, slow down aging and ward off degenerative diseases and physical and mental deterioration.

Good nutrients

Mangosteen is a healthy fruit with no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber which keeps a check on excess body weight.

Vitamin C

Mangosteens are rich in vitamin C and powerful water soluble antioxidants. The vitamin C content fights flu like infectious agents, and helps build resistance against diseases.

Better cardiovascular health

Mangosteen is reputed to offer protection from high cholesterol and heart congestion.

Reduces Cholesterol

Mangosteen aids control of the level of triglycerides, ensuring a proper working of the human heart.


The natural antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds in Mangosteen are highly useful in treating acne and skin blemishes.

Repairs cells

Xanthone compounds in this fruit’s skin improves skin diseases, and repair damaged body cells protect them.

Gum disease

Mangoteen aids improvement of the gum disease periodontitis.

Stomach disorders

The leaves and barks of Mangoteen tree are traditionally used in Southeast Asia for treating diarrhea, dysentery, treat thrush and urinary disorders.

Boosts your energy

This fruit refreshes and energises the body. Its nutrients give you a youthful look.

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