According to a legend, mangosteen was the favourite fruit of Queen Victoria. No matter if it is a myth or a historical fact, mangosteen indeed has a lot of health benefits. Before the official list of reasons why you should have a mangosteen as a part of your diet,let me give you some basic information about it. Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen fruit which originated in Indonesia. It can be found in Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and in Africa. It is available as a capsule, tablet, beverage, cream and of course fresh fruit.
Benefits of mangosteen for the skin
Mangosteen is a fruit rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and xanthones and that is why it is used as an ingredient in many organic skin care products. Antioxidants fight free radicals which are the main culprits behind destroying collagen production. In other words, mangosteen slows down aging. Mangosteen has anti-bacterial properties, which makes it a perfect solution for treating acne. There are even more skin benefits of this tropical fruit. Mangosteen is effective in treating sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Benefits of mangosteen for your overall health
I have earlier mentioned that antioxidants are a powerful anti-age treatment. On the other hand, antioxidants improve our overall health because they boost the immune system. It is common knowledge that vitamin C is one of the best ways to fight flu and common cold.
Furthermore, mangosteen has shown potential health benefits when it comes to the cardiovascular system. This potassium-rich fruit controls heart rate, stabilizes blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
Mangosteen and nutrition
Mangosteen is low in calories, yet high in fibre and it does not contain saturated fat. Taking into account all these characteristics, it is an ideal fruit rich in essential nutrients. Mangosteen is also a source of B-complex vitamins which help establish a balanced metabolism and help lose weight. Research has proven that mangosteen might be useful for preventing and treating obesity.
Mangosteen and asthma
A wide range of health benefits of the antioxidant xanthone found in mangosteen has been previously mentioned. According to the latest research, mangosteen can be used to treat asthma.
This fruit is effective when it comes to respiratory conditions due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Mangosteen and cancer
Anti-cancer properties of mangosteen are shown in the study which examined tumour growth on an animal model. The implications of a medical study include the potential of this fruit as a part of therapy for human breast cancer. The same results were provided by a study which investigated the effects of mangosteen on prostate cancer. The majority of studies focused on the relationship between mangosteen and colon cancer. Latest research shows a positive correlation between colon cancer and this fruit which proved to be a powerful anti-cancer agent.
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“Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie literature student who loves to read and has been writing novels and short stories as long as she can remember. Her passion is organic food and makeup and she loves to spend her free time hiking and of course – make up shopping! Amy is a regular contributor at High Style Life. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.”