Mangosteen, oh wow another amazing invention by mother nature!!!
Ever since going Vegan I have heard loads about this small lil fruit. Today, was fortunate enough to stumble upon it whilst in the fruit store, thou at $2.50 AUD each it was going to be my treat today…my lil lolly in fruit form.
So here it is, a beautiful lil sweet almost lychee tasting zesty zingy burst of fruit sugars in an easy to eat casing. I loved it, and could have eaten 10-20 of them!! It was well worth trying it and of course, this then always leads me to wanting to know more.
What are the nutritional benefits, therapeutic benefits, the history, where do they grow, what are the macros etc….
Mangosteen is an evergreen plant that can reach heights of up to 20 – 60ft!! It grows in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and in areas of Sri Lanka and India. It’s likes the humidity and therefore usually abundant from June to October.
Mangosteen is low calories, has no fat, high vitamin C, rich in B-complex vitamins such as thiamine, niacin and folates. They are abundant in minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium and potassium making it a perfect summer fruit to replace lost minerals due to sweating in the heat and lost through exercise and training.
There is also mention that Mangosteen is used and helpful for diarrhoea, UTI’s, gonorrhoea, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthiritis and intestinal infection called dysentery.
The mangosteen rind has been used in south east asia for
- cataracts and more…..
With all the above benefits have science proven these to be true??
To date, very few studies have been done on this precious lil fruit on human health. In some research that has been done, scientist have shown that mangosteen extract may possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-tumor properties.
All I can say is this lil fruit packs a punch and what a boost to the immune system.
Well, worth my $2.50 snack….