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Much has been written about the mangosteen fruit in the past few years but traditional medicinal benefits of mangosteen date back to the Ming Dynasty in China (1368-1644 A.D)

Multiple Known Health Benefits

Mangosteen science offers significant health benefits via its phytonutrient antioxidant activity. Click here to download a PDF file for further information on explaining antioxidants. Some studies show that such health benefits might potentially include:

Anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergies, and treatment for, asthma, myalgia, diabetes, Immune system disorders and skin disorders.

Major Antioxidant Power – in Xanthones

Whilst the centre is lush, fibrous and packed full of natural vitamin and mineral goodness it is the subsurface chemistry of the exocarp that attracts medical attention. It has a tremendously rich level of phytonutrients – polyphenol xanthone antioxidants.

Antioxidants themselves are measured by their ORAC value: (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). The ORAC analysis, developed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore provides a measure of the scavenging capacity of antioxidants against the peroxyl radical, which is one of the most common reactive oxygen species found in the body. Trolox, a water-soluble Vitamin E analog, is used as the calibration standard and the ORAC result is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent (TE) per gram. The acceptable precision of the ORAC assay is 15% relative standard deviation. The USDA recommends an ORAC unit ingestion of between 5-6,000 units daily. The average human daily diet is considerably less.

Xanthones – the Inside Track

  1. Xanthones are polyphenols – a strong type of antioxidant that commonly occurs in plants; they are highly valued for life enhancing properties.
  2. Polyphenols are phytonutrients – non nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective compounds.
  3. Xanthones are prized because there is growing evidence that their unique characteristics can help to:
  • support the immune system
  • combat free radicals, which contribute to the ageing process
  • maintain intestinal health
  • reduce inflammation
  • support cartilage and joint function
  • promote a healthy respiratory system

Judge for Yourself


  1. The mangosteen fruit is being studied as a promising source of new medicines. Promoted in the U.S. to support a healthy immune system
  2. The American Cancer Society notes promising preliminary research – but the number of clinical study effects, whilst indicating value, are still lacking in sufficient quantity to warrant full support
  3. The unique quality of this fruit is its high concentration of xanthones. Xanthones are polyphenols – a strong type of antioxidant, that commonly occur in plant. Polyphenols are phytonutrients – non-nutritive plant chemicals that contain protective compounds.
  4. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition publication “Polyphenols: antioxidants and beyond (2005)”: Polyphenols are 10 times stronger than vitamin-C and 100 times stronger than vitamin-E and carotenoids in terms of antioxidant properties.
  5. Of the 200+ xanthones identified, more than 40 of these xanthones are found in the pericarp of the mangosteen fruit.
  6. Some of these xanthones have only been found in mangosteen (alpha-mangostin, beta-mangostin, gamma-mangostin and methoxy-beta-mangostin).

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