The Queen of Fruits
The Mangosteen Fruit, called the Queen of Fruits, is grown in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, the Philippines and now in Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean. This tropical fruit, about the size of a tangerine, has been used and revered for centuries in folk medicine. Now, after decades of medical and scientific processes used to discover why this remarkable fruit promotes health to such a large extent–even “Pan-systemic” or complete body benefits–the mangosteen is finding popularity worldwide. Dr. J. Fredrick Templeman, has said after extensive review and studies, personal and patient use, “Unlike most medicinal plants, the phytoceuticals of the mangosteen have been widely studied by medical and pharmacological researchers…. The biological active components have been rigorously examined in the laboratory… it is evident that the multiple health benefits of the fruit are supported by scientific investigation… I am convinced that mangosteen will, without a doubt, be the most successful food supplement ever.” (Mangosteen, The X-Factor)
Pharmaceutical drugs are developed for specific effects for a targeted physiological function. They are potent and often toxic to other areas. Supplements utilize the holistic properties of plants–often having multiple or combined benefits. Says Dr. Templeman, “Small amounts of many active ingredients blended over a millennia by Mother Nature, acting together, have potent effects without toxicity.” (Ibid p.II) Note: Health benefits and hundreds of mangosteen user’s testimonials are available online.
For thousands of years the traditional medical stance has been at odds with folk remedies (food, supplements, vitamins and minerals), but now JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) has said, “Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone… it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” (Robert D. Fletcher, MD and Kathleen M. Fairfield MD, JAMA, June 19, 2002) The dialogue will rage for many more years, sadly at the expense of understanding the value of both sides. Obviously, the answer is “moderation in all things” and most wise Americans know the value of each approach. Proper research is always recommended. *See Disclaimer
By now most people are aware of antioxidants and free radicals. Simply put, free radicals are atoms or molecules missing an electron. Free radicals are unstable but seek stability. They enter the body through the air (especially exhaust and cigarette smoke), the food we eat (notably processed foods), and are byproducts of our own body’s metabolism of the food we eat. We cannot hide from them.
The body is made up of cells, tissues, organs and whole systems–becoming prey for these unstable free radicals. They relentlessly attack the cells, like vultures or piranhas, and often cause damage which cannot be repaired. Free radicals “rape, pillage and plunder.” Virtually all known health problems are caused by “pollutants, infection and poor eating habits.” It is estimated that each of the trillions of cells in the body is attacked over 10,000 times a day. These harmful free radicals are in abundance everywhere.
To the Rescue
An antioxidant is a molecule or even a single atom with an extra electron(s). Antioxidants are needed in vast quantities. These extra electrons stabilize free radicals. They mop up an help hinder the damage. Vitamin C and E contain antioxidants. The body’s immune system produces some, but “…powerful protective substances are only found in certain plants such as the mangosteen.” Also, researchers discovered that the rind exhibited “potent free radical scavenger activity.” Antioxidants help the cardiovascular system, the gastro-intestinal system, the respiratory system, the immune system, the nervous system, the skin, and so forth. Mangosteen’s antioxidants are truly “pan-systemic.”
A major European university pharmacological study uncovered these healing and beneficial properties of mangosteen’s Xanthones: antidepressant, anti-diabetic, anti-leukemic, anti-microbial (fungus and bacteria) and anti-viral. The Xanthones, found abundantly in mangosteen, have been scientifically found to suppress the production at the cell level of Cyclooxygenase (COX), reducing inflammation, pain and fever. Xanthones are biologically active compounds. Mangosteen contains at least 24 natural Xanthones. No other single source comes close. *See Disclaimer
Many people wonder why all of this good information about the quantity and the quality of the phytonutrients in the mangosteen fruit, and indeed why the fruit itself, is “all of a sudden” being made available in this country and in other Northern Hemisphere countries?
The simple answer is that the fruit doesn’t travel well and though the health benefits have been used for centuries in Southeast Asia, it has taken the discovery, the far-reaching impact, and the right team of people and companies to make it commercially available in a delicious blend, as has now been made available. Drink and enjoy. Your body needs this juice.
*Disclaimer: No medical advice is given or implied. In all health aspects, the advice of competent, licensed medical professionals should be sought. Your results will vary.