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Common Name: Mangosteen
Botanical Name: Garcinia mangostana L.
Growing Area: Thailand, Malaysia, South China, India, Puerto Rico
The Mangosteen tree only grows in tropical environments with
temperatures between 40º to 100º F (5º-38º C). The fruits can be
picked when they are slightly unripe. But the fruit must be fully
developed or else it will not fully ripen after picking. A ripe
Mangosteen fruit can stay good for up to four weeks when stored
between 40º to 55º F (5º-13º C). In local growing areas, fresh
Mangosteen fruit is often consumed for dessert.
Nutrients & Applications:
The xanthones in Mangosteen are very potent antioxidants. Research
has shown that these xanthones can have a positive effect on
maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. Scientists in India and
Japan began investigating Mangosteen in the 1990s and demonstrated
that Mangosteen has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Dried
Mangosteen powder was used traditionally to overcome dysentery. As an
ointment, it is applied to help promote healthy skin. The Mangosteen
rind decoction is also used to relieve occasional diarrhea, and
promote bladder and urinary tract health. Several independent lab
studies are now investigating the use of Mangosteen in OTC drugs.