Thursday, December 27, 2007


Known as "The Queen of Fruits," the Mangosteen is a fruit that has been used for centuries. The Mangosteen is well known in eastern Asia for its health benefits.

In the exotic region of Thailand the Mangosteen grows abundantly. Mangosteen should not be confused with the mango, an entirely different plant. It is part of a group known as the Guttiferae, a family of mainly tropical trees and shrubs that secrete a yellow resinous juice.

Xanthones (pronounced zan-thone) are abundantly found in Mangosteen fruit. Consisting of a smooth dark outer skin and snow-white fleshy interior pulp, the Mangosteen fruit's xanthone content is of the highest levels researchers have found.

Xanthones by definition are biologically active plant phenols that possess a high degree of medicinal properties. Garcinia Mangostana L. or the Mangosteen tree, is a natural source of dietary xanthones that offer a wide range of health benefits.

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