How Mangosteen Enhances Health!

You have enough protein, some complex carbs, non-starchy vegetables but wait, where's the fruit? Find out why you should try mangosteen!

Every once in a while you take a cold hard look at your diet and realize there are some gaping holes. You have enough protein, some complex carbs, non-starchy vegetables but wait, where's the fruit?

Mangosteen is an antioxidant rich fruit native to Southeast Asia. It has a hard purple-brown skin and 8 segments of soft, cream-colored, juicy pulp that has a sweet-tart flavor. Mangosteen juices often contain mangosteen puree along with a combination of other juices such as blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, apple, grape, cherry, strawberry and pear.

Now that we are officially out of the low-carbohydrate craze and into the middle of Paleo diet mayhem, some gym-goers are coaxed into eating a limited intake of foods while avoiding common foods including bread, grains, and even fruit. Every book has some theory for including or excluding a specific food or food group and while some of these diets work for some people, no one diet is perfect for everyone (and by excluding a food group, you are excluding calories which means you'll lose weight).

But, excluding a group of foods is an indication that you will likely be missing something from your diet. And when it comes to fruit, you'll miss out on the fiber, tons of vitamins, some minerals and more antioxidants then you can imagine.

How Mangosteen Enhances Health

Mangosteen and Cancer

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Have You Ever Tried Mangosteen?

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I'm still not sure what it is.

Is mangosteen a cure for cancer? I highly doubt it. And, there's no research saying that it is a miracle cure. However, some animal studies and lab studies on human cancer cells suggests that mangosteen reduces the size of tumors and induces cancer cell death.

Though there have been no trials on humans with cancer, the National Cancer Institute states that "people whose diets are rich in plant foods such as fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of getting cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, stomach, lung, and there is some suggested evidence for a lower risk of cancers of the colon, pancreas, and prostate. They are also less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps to reduce calorie intake and may control weight."

That translates to: eat your fruits and vegetables in one form or another.

Recommended intake: 2 cups of fruit, 2.5 cups of vegetables daily.

Mangosteen Is Rich In Antioxidants

Mangosteen is loaded with a variety of xanthones (a class of antioxidants). Antioxidants are compounds that may protect cells from damage caused by free radicals (which are the result of normal daily processes in the body as well as environmental assaults). Antioxidants "may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer," according to the National Cancer Institute.

Mangosteen Tames Inflammation

In a lab setting, researchers may have discovered that pretreating human fat cells with antioxidants from mangosteen might decrease fat cell inflammation and inflammation-induced insulin resistance. Systemic inflammation and insulin resistance are two things that we want to prevent.

Mangosteen May Boost Immune Functioning

One study to date has examined mangosteen and immune functioning. In this particular study, consumption of a mangosteen juice (that also contained multivitamins and minerals) was suggested it may increase markers of immune functioning.

Additional Ways To Boost Your Health

  • Eat a variety of foods daily. Each healthy food you eat has a variety of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The more you vary your diet, the greater array of nutrients you will obtain.
  • Get regular check-ups. In some ways, your body is like a car. Regular maintenance can save you a lot of money and major problems down the road.
  • Keep exercising. If you ever feel burned out from your routine, try something new: a new gym, rock climbing wall, Pilates, all day hike, plyometrics etc. Doing this will rev up your creative juices and renew your desire to stay active.

There are some crazy claims about mangosteen on various websites but, here's the bottom line: it's an antioxidant rich fruit that will deliver an array of nutrients you may not be getting from the everyday fruit that you eat.

Studies suggest a variety of potential benefits from mangosteen including helping improve the effects of photo damage (damage to your skin from the sun), preventing cancer cell growth in animal and lab studies, fighting inflammation and mangosteen may act as an antimicrobial agent possibly preventing the bacteria that causes acne. No adverse side effects have been noted from the consumption of mangosteen fruit, juice or extracts.

Note: If you have cancer and you are taking treatment for it, never take a new dietary supplement or dramatically change your diet without checking with your physician first.

References
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