The Mangosteeen most certainly qualifies as a superfruit, just simply because it contains a huge number of healing constituents called xanthones. Mangosteens contain 43 free radical xanthones which is quite a lot nutritionally considering that there are only about 200 of these compounds found in nature. These healing constituents are antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory and it is remarkable to find so many of them in just one fruit.
The mangosteen or more formal Purple Mangosteen as it is sometimes called is the fruit of a tropical evergreen tree that grows mainly in Southeast Asia and also in South American countries such as Columbia. One of the nicknames of Mangosteen is “The Queen of Fruit because it was a favourite of Queen Victoria.
The fruit is small shiny and round and comes in hues from deep-red to purple to black. The green stem end is capped with four green leaves. Inside the fruit are snowy white segments of flesh that secrete a purple or red juice. The taste is tangy, sweet and sour all at once with hints of lychee, banana, pineapple, strawberry and pear.
A Nourishing Superfruit
Mangosteen is very high in Vitamin C providing about 12% of RDA per 100 grams. The fresh fruit is a moderate source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamine, niacin and folates. These vitamins are acting as cofactors that help the body to metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
Mangosteen also keeps the body running in good order because it contains high amounts of copper, manganese and magnesium. However, they can also be very high in sugar so beware. They also should not be eaten every day as they are considered to be a moderately acidic fruit rather than a completely alkaline one.
What Are the Health Benefits of Mangosteen?
The xanothones in Mangosteen facilitate and help treat arthritis, acid dyspepsia, fibromyalgia, moderate asthma, eczema and earaches. In Asian medicine the mangosteen is also used to treat digestive complaints such as dysentery and also urinary tract infections.
This superfruit also helps prevent degenerative disease and mental deterioration in general. It also has been described as an anti-microbial, which means that it has components in it that kill and impedes the development of harmful microorganisms. The fruit is also good for weight loss as it is very low in calories at only 63 calories per average sized fruit. The high fibre in the fruit is also very cleansing and detoxifying.
The potassium and other minerals in Mangosteen help to regulate body fluids and help control heart rate, and blood pressure; thus, it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
Where to find Mangosteen…
Mangosteen is mostly available in Asian, Eastern and exotic markets although the fruit is making more of an appearance in grocery stores.
You can buy mangosteens canned but they are not as tasty as fresh fruit.
How to prepare Mangosteen …
Make sure that you wash the fruit in water to remove any dust on the surface of the flesh.
It is easy to extract the flesh from purple rind. Hold the fruit with the stem-end downward, take a sharp knife and cut around the middle completely through the rind, and lift off the top half of the peel. This leaves the fleshy segments exposed in the bottom half of the rind. The segments are then easily lifted out with a fork.
The purple juice of the fruit will stain anything it touches so just be aware of this while you are cutting it open.
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