Back in the day, mangosteen was relatively unknown in the West. However, it has gained a significant boost in popularity because more and more people are learning about its many benefits. This includes its unforgettable taste that many compare to a cross between an orange and a strawberry. However, the mangosteen has more to offer than a delicious tasting pulp; this fruit is now being lauded for its beneficial medicinal and nutritional properties.
The mangosteen is native to the tropical region of Southeast Asia. It is admittedly odd-looking and has a dark purplish exterior that is reminiscent of an eggplant. When it is opened, the pulp looks like it was grown in slices; similar to an orange.
Preliminary studies indicate that the mangosteen has antifungal and antibacterial properties that are extremely helpful when fighting off infection. In addition, it also contains a high number of antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals like potassium, fibre, calcium, iron, and Vitamin C just to name a few.
It is also said that the mangosteen helps to boost the body’s ability to fight off infections and other diseases. This is due to the high level of xanthones that it contains; xanthones are an important substance that has been proven to boost the immune system and improve the general well being of the mind and body. With all of these benefits, the mangosteen is truly the Queen of Fruits.