Mangosteen Origins and History
The mangosteen fruit originated in the Malay Archipelago and quickly spread through the warm tropical climates of Southeast Asia . The small dark purple fruit with a delicious white pulp grows abundantly and is harvested twice a year from a small evergreen tree. Native people throughout Southeast Asia have historically used the fruit for its natural properties. It was when Europeans explored Southeast Asia that folklore related to the mangosteen first spread to western culture. However, it was not until XanGo LLC launched XanGo Juice in 2002 that mangosteen began to achieve widespread recognition and acceptance in western markets . The mangosteen rind was sliced and dried, then ground to a powder and administered as an herbal preparation.
The mangosteen rind was steeped in water overnight and taken as a tea as well as made into an ointment and applied externally as a lotion. It was through these popular uses that the benefits of mangosteen were passed down through history and several scientists and explorers took note. The mangosteen is so revered in Thailand that the Thai government recognizes it as the country's national fruit. The mangosteen fruit is an exceptional fruit fusing nutrition and sensational flavor. There are many elements found in the mangosteen that provide nutritional benefits.
The main compounds, xanthones, are very stable and robust molecules, which show biological activity. The mangosteen fruit contains approximately 40 known xanthones and the majority of these are found in the highest concentration in the rind. Plant actives known as flavonoids offer additional benefits to the body. The two main flavonoids found in the mangosteen are catechins (found in green tea) and proanthcyandins (found in grape seeds). Many research institutions, such as The Mayo Clinic, The Linus Pauling Institute, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and many others have studied flavonoids extensively. While science is still progressing in its attempt to validate the uses of mangosteen, the research of the mangosteens powerful phytonutrients thus far is quite promising. The mangosteen has been researched for 150 years, resulting in over 110 studies published in scientific journals, with studies touching on every system of the body. XanGo Juice is a great tasting beverage with naturally occurring nutrients, such as xanthones and flavonoids. A healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease. XanGo Juice is free of saturated and trans fats.
Xanthones (or catechins, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins) are a factor in the maintenance of good health and a factor in normal growth and development.
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