Often referred as the “queen of fruits” or “fruit of the gods” by the natives, the mangosteen is a Southeast Asian fruit with pear-shaped tropical fruit with a deep reddish-purple color when ripe.

Until 2007, this fruit was banned in the U.S. under suspicion that it harbors Asian fruit flies. Luckily, this medicinal fruit is no longer banned.

Mangosteen is an excellent source of vitamin C, essential vitamins and minerals as well as phytochemicals that can help boost the immune systems, decrease inflammation and fight cancer.

Let us introduce you the five health benefits you get from this amazing fruit:

  1. Fights cancer

The fruit contains at least 20 xanthones, and according to a 2008 study one xanthone found in the fruit has cancer preventative abilities. Another study from 2012 discovered that xanthone extracts have anti-colon cancer effects, while a second one found that properties found in mangosteen slow the progress of prostate cancer. The most recent study from this year, 2016, examined the anticancer activity of the fruit on human breast cancer cells and it was concluded that mangosteen can induce the death of cancer cells.  The extract from the fruit has also shown to be effective in fighting skin cancer.

  1. Fights allergies

According to a study, the fruit contains both anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties, while its extract is more effective in treating allergies than anti-allergy drugs.

  1. Fights diabetes

Mangosteen can also help prevent and keep diabetes under control. According to a study’s findings, the fruit contains compounds similar to prescription drug acarbose, which is used to treat symptoms of type 2 diabetes. It also contains tannic acid and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC’s). OPC’s contain high levels of antioxidants that demonstrate antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and vasodilatory actions.

  1. Fights acne

Due to its antioxidants that fight free radical damage and suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines that contribute to the formation of acne, the fruit can help you win the fight.

  1. Improves cardiovascular health

According to a study conducted in India, xanthones found in the fruit are helpful in reducing the risk of heart attack.

The reality is that a single fruit or vegetable by itself can’t eliminate the cancer from your body. But, a healthy diet combined with various organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans can help lower the risk for many types of cancer.  Numerous minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals demonstrate anticancer effects. If you already have a list of things that create your diet, consider adding mangosteen as well.

Source: complete-health-and-happiness.com

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Often referred as the “queen of fruits” or “fruit of the gods” by the natives, the mangosteen is a Southeast Asian fruit with pear-shaped tropical fruit with a deep reddish-purple color when ripe. Until 2007, this fruit was banned in the U.S. under suspicion that it harbors Asian fruit flies....