The taste of mangosteen fruit is as unique to your taste buds as it is to your vision. For centuries, the varied cultures and societies of Southeast Asia have revered the fruit. In fact, the whole fruit, especially the xanthone-packed rind, has been utilized in folk medicine to treat a variety of health conditions. As a truly exotic fruit mangosteen is often touted as the "Queen of fruits".
Vitamins, Minerals and Phytochemical Components
The mangosteen fruit being rich in iron, fiber and carbohydrates; also contains the following phytochemicals: catechins, rosin, mangostin, normangostin, xanthones and gartanin. The super antioxidant here would be the xanthones.
Xanthones are powerful antioxidants in a family of phytonutrients. To date, researchers have discovered and classified approximately 200 xanthones. Of these 200, 40 (the most useful 40) are found in the mangosteen fruit.
The ORAC test is one of the most accurate ways to measure the ability of antioxidants in a certain substance to absorb free radicals. It shows that an ounce of mangosteen fruit juice has 20 to 30 times this ability than one ounce of most fruits and vegetables.
The higher the ORAC score, the better the food is for the body.
Medicinal Uses Based on Scientific Studies