Xanthones and Mangosteens
Xanthones and mangosteens are getting a lot of attention around the world. In Asia, the mangosteen is known as "The Queen of Fruits". The actual scientific name for it is Garcinia Mangostana but is usually called by its common name - mangosteen.
What makes the mangosteen so remarkable is that it naturally contains many powerful phytonutrients. The most talked about nutrients are called Xanthones and mangosteens alone contains an incredible 43 Xanthones.
About the size of a tangerine, the mangosteen has a smooth, dark purple rind, encasing a delicious snow-white fruit. Delicious? Yes! A healthful food that actually tastes good is a discovery to say the least, but it's what science has to say about xanthones and mangosteens that's turning so many heads.
Those who haven't yet heard about the mangosteen soon will. Consider yourself lucky to be a part of those who are finding out about it early on.
Chances are you probably have only heard a little about xanthones and mangosteens... or possibly nothing at all. It's interesting that something like the mangosteen - with so many potential benefits - has remained in relative obscurity.
Although the mangosteen remains largely unknown in parts of the world, it has been utilized in Southeast Asia for many centuries. It has been transplanted into Central and South America, India, Southern China and the Caribbean. It has widespread use in all these countries.
If you look up the history of the mangosteen, you can learn all sorts of interesting things about its many traditional uses. More recently, university scientists around the globe became curious about these traditional uses and began doing experiments and scientific studies on xanthones and mangosteens.
Subsequently, hundreds of scientific studies have been published and more studies are ongoing.
If you are one of those who likes to dig deeper, then read on. We are going to give you some suggested search terms for xanthones and mangosteens, so that you can do some research and discovery on your own. Make sure to use a credible source, such as PubMed.gov.
Much has been made over the recent scientific studies completed on the mangosteen fruit.
One of the leading mangosteen researchers (Professor Nakatani from Japan) was recently recruited by Pfizer Inc. Pfizer secured Nakatani's research under a non-disclosure agreement and he may no longer discuss his research on the mangosteen.
Why would the world's fastest-growing major pharmaceutical company, the one Fortune® magazine ranked #14 on it's list of "World's Most Admired Companies," be so interested in the mangosteen fruit? Maybe there is something to the mangosteen and what it holds!
Some Keywords to Research on:
Gamma Mangostin (one xanthone in Mangosteen)
Garcinia Mangostana (scientific name)
The research on xanthones and mangosteens is astounding. What's more, the fact that the world is just finding out about this gift from nature, means that we are very lucky to be hearing about this fruit now.
But Xanthones are not the only great component of the mangosteen fruit. There are other ingredients which have their own set of benefits. It is also known to have: Vitamins C, B1, B1, Protein, Iron, Calcium Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Niacin, and Polyphenols, Cathechins/tannins, Flavonoids.
Polyphenols - These are a group of plant chemical substances. They are considered to be strong antioxidants in their own right. You've probably heard of some of the other things with high polyphenols - pomegranates, green teas and extra virgin olive oil.
Flavonoids - there have been over 5,000 naturally occurring flavonoids identified in various plants. Quite often, the benefits associated with plant foods actually come from the flavonoids instead of other known nutrients.
Catechins - Usually associated with Flavonoids.
There has been extensive scientific research done on antioxidants found in vitamins -- especially Vitamins C & E. The xanthones found in certain fruits (like mangosteen) are also powerful antioxidants.
What is a Xanthone?
The phytoceuticals (plant chemicals) of the mangosteen have been widely studied, but none as much as the class of highly active substances called xanthones.
Xanthones are also known as "adaptagens" for their unique ability to adapt to the needs of the body. In other words, they modulate and assist the body in many different areas.
Science has identified approximately 200 different xanthones that occur naturally (ie. in certain plants, fruits, herbs, etc). The mangosteen fruit ALONE has over 40! In addition, mangosteen has some of the most potent xanthones studied to date. No other fruit even comes close!
A number of herbs and plants contain some xanthones, but none as robust in quantity and vibrancy as the mangosteen. For example, the well-known St. John's Wort contains a single xanthone. And Garcinia Cambogia contains just 2.
Mangosteen is a Food!
It's important to remember that when we're talking about the mangosteen, we're discussing a fruit -- a food! We're not talking about a drug -- some chemical laboratory creation. Drugs have their purpose, but they target a specific ailment and they do it strongly.
When you are eating a whole food, you are eating it as nature created it. You don't have to worry about drug interactions, or dangerous side-effects. With some drugs, the side-effects are scarier than the problem its treating!
It is always recommended that you consult your physician, if you have a known medical condition or allergy before using any food product.
When a new discovery like xanthones and mangosteens starts to hit popular mainstream awareness, it is inevitable that many companies & products will appear to fill the demand. Mangosteen products are beginning to show up in stores all around town.
We have tasted a couple of products with great displeasure. We also were not sure if we were getting the "whole fruit" in the products we tested. A lot of the nutrients found in the mangosteen come from it's rind or pericarp, so a product that uses the entire fruit is our choice.
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