Mangosteen is one of the fruits that has the greatest medicinal properties, and provides great health benefits. Therefore, it is not surprising that some experts in natural medicine call her the queen of fruits. Are you interested in knowing more about this fruit? Some of its most outstanding features can be known by reading this post.
Characteristics of mangosteen
The origin of mangosteen is Asian. When the fruit is well ripe its color can vary between red and purple, it is spherical in shape, its taste is bittersweet like a citrus fruit.
The bark is usually hard, but upon reaching its best ripening point, it becomes soft and can be easily opened. The tree from which the fruit is obtained, has a slow growth. Due to its high medicinal value, in recent years it has increased its demand towards Europe and America.
Similarly, in the Asian continent it has been used for centuries both for its exquisite taste and for its healing properties. This exotic fruit is also known by the name of mangosteen.
Properties of mangosteen
The list is long because the properties of mangosteen are several. It contains the following:
- Water, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, fats, proteins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron, phosphorus, calories, more than 80 types of xanthones and fiber.
From these properties you can get numerous health benefits, one of the main ones is the antioxidant power of mangosteen. But it is not the only one attributed many more, so many that many people do not believe everything that is said about the multiple benefits it brings. All in all, it is necessary to be cautious when consuming it.
Mangosteen benefits and contraindications
A peculiarity of the fruit is that all its parts obtain benefits, including the mangosteen seed. On the advantages it brings to health we can mention the following:
- Its high content of antioxidants favors the elimination of free radicals, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and premature aging.
- It has anti-inflammatory effects and works as an anti-bacterial,
- It improves the immune system due to its high content of vitamins.
- It helps people lose weight.
- Its high potassium content favors the functioning of the muscular nervous system.
- It is recommended to combat allergies.
Contraindications when consuming mangosteen
It’s important to keep in mind that in some people with certain diseases, mangosteen may cause certain side effects. For example, those suffering from essential polyglobulia and people suffering from hypersensitivity. In both cases, there is the possibility of some effects.
Mangosteen how it is eaten
The particular thing about this fruit is that it can be eaten in different ways. It can be taken in juice, prepare mangosteen tea or eat the pulp of the fruit directly. When it has fully matured, you just have to put pressure on it and immediately the white pulp will be exposed. Otherwise, if it has not matured enough you will have to use a knife to open it.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.