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All Eyes on Mangosteen: Superfood of the South Seas

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For centuries, the mangosteen fruit has been praised for its healing properties. While it is among the more mysterious superfoods on the market, mangosteen is becoming more readily available, especially in its juice form. The bark-like skin and fruit itself are both jam-packed with important nutrients and enzymes for your body, making it the ideal fruit for weight loss and health. Learn how mangosteen can complement and improve your dietary habits.

Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree that originated in the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas of Indonesia. The fruit of the mangosteen tree has a purplish color and a sweet and tangy taste with an almost fibrous texture. It isn't quite common or available outside of where it is produced, but due to its growing popularity in health food circles, it can be ordered in juice form so that you can enjoy its incredible health benefits in the comfort of your home.

The fruit contains 63 calories and 13 percent of the RDA of dietary fiber in a 100-gram serving. It is also rich in vitamin C, giving you 12 percent of the RDA in 100 grams. Vitamin C is a crucial element to all of your body's processes – make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, heal wounds, repair cartilage, bones and teeth, stint free radicals, stop a cold in its tracks and slow aging. Because the body can't make vitamin C by itself, a diet rich in vitamin C is necessary. Mangosteen can help you hit your daily quota.

Mangosteen contains power antioxidants called xanthones, which have been shown to be able to inhibit the proliferation of various human tumor cell types. They are regarded as anti-cancer agents as well. Due to its antioxidant content, mangosteen has the ability to significantly enhance immune responses and improve the overall health of the body, including the prevention of cardiovascular disorders.

Mangosteen has long been a helpful tool in reducing arthritis inflammation and pain. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) have been associated with inflammation. Mangosteen juice exhibited the ability to reduce CRP.

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In one study, mangosteen extract enhanced blood flow in the brain, allowing mice to improve their learning and memory abilities. Mangosteen may help to restore memory and improve cognitive function. In this same study, mangosteen showed that it can protect against toxic chemicals in mice.

For more vain benefits, look no further than the mangosteen fruit, whose rind extracts are anti-bacterial and fight acne. Ultimately, you can lose weight, boost your overall health, and look more beautiful, too. What's not super about that?

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