Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), a purple fruit from Southeast Asia, has some insanely powerful health benefits, which we’ll try to cover today.
Let’s start by explaining why mangosteen is called the “queen of fruits”: this health-boosting fruit has not only been used for its amazing taste, but for its medicinal properties too: it’s said that consuming mangosteen can reduce cholesterol and body inflammation, boost the immune system, improve blood flow, aid in weight loss and even fight cancer.
1. High in Antioxidants
Mangosteen is highly rich in antioxidants, including alpha and gamma xanthones, which have particular health benefits: they fight inflammation, slow down the aging process and prevent degenerative diseases. Mangosteen is also rich in Vitamin C, which helps the body fight free radicals and illnesses.
2. Reduces Cholesterol
Several studies have shown that mangosteen has positive effects the overall cholesterol levels. It reduces triglycerides and LDL(bad cholesterol) while keeping the HDL (good cholesterol) stable.
3. Fights Cancer
Since it’s so high in antioxidants, mangosteen has been the focus of many anti-cancer studies. This fruit is a powerful immunity booster and a rich source of antioxidants that should be consumed not only as a cancer-prevention food, but as a cancer treatment in combination with conventional therapies, of course.
4. Improves Blood Flow
Studies have shown that regular consumption of this fruit has very positive effects on red blood cells, so it is an excellent choice for those struggling with anemia. Mangosteen improves blood flow by causing dilation of blood vessels, which is highly helpful in preventing cardiovascular diseases.
5. Aids in Weight Loss
Although highly nutritious, mangosteen is low in calories: only 63 cals per 100 g. However, it’s rich in fiber, which is very important for the health of the digestive system. By consuming foods low in calories and high in fiber, you’ll help your entire body get rid of waste (including excess weight) faster and easier.