Mangosteen contains more than 40 biologically-active, natural chemical compounds called Xanthones. While all these Xanthones have similar molecular structures, each one has its own unique chemical composition that permits it to perform a specific function. Alpha-mangostin, for example, is a very potent antioxidant. Gamma-mangostin is a powerful anti-inflammatory. These and the other Xanthones found in the Mangosteen provide a virtual medicine chest of natural healing compounds that address a wide variety of health issues. Centuries of Mangosteen use has helped Southeast Asians maintain or regain their health and remedy their diseases. Traditional Asian healers use the fruit for infection, inflammation, and to increase one's energy. Modern scientists and a growing number of health practitioners now agree on the medical benefits of Mangosteen. Researchers recommend the fruit in a wide range of health disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic diseases.
Xanthones in Mangosteen
Our immune system tries to keep trillions of cells in our bodies protected from disease-causing toxins, free radicals, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other harmful agents. At times, though, our immune system gets overwhelmed. Our bodies get sick, often because of free radical damage. A free radical is an unstable atom with an unpaired electron. When a free radical comes in contact with a stable atom within a body, it steals the electron it needs from the stable atom. This leaves the once stable atom irreparably damaged and prone to succumb to disease. Antioxidants counteract these free radicals. They have an extra electron that they can share with free radicals. Because of this ability, they are able to prevent free radicals from attacking healthy atoms or cells. The Xanthones in Mangosteen contain a powerful antioxidants and immune system boosters, natural chemical compounds which were proven to possess a variety of potent medicinal properties. Xanthones occupy a special place in the Mangosteen's arsenal of healing compounds. They have been shown to have more potent antioxidant activity than vitamin E, one of nature's most powerful known antioxidants. A laboratory test known as ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), for example, showed that an ounce of Mangosteen juice provides 20 to 30 times more capacity to absorb free radicals than an ounce of most fruits and vegetables.
Mangosteen’s Other Natural Compounds
Mangosteen also contains other potent natural compounds like catechins, polysaccharides, quinones, stilbenes and polyphenols. Catechins were discovered to be five times more potent as antioxidants than vitamin C. Polysaccharides are highly potent anti-bacterial plant compounds. They help block a mutated cell's ability to stick to healthy cells to help stop the spread of disease, and are especially effective against intracellular bacteria. Quinones are known for their anti-bacterial properties and also are strong oxidants. Stilbenes in plants defend these plants against fungi. Interestingly, stilbenes also maintain their anti-fungal properties even when ingested maintaining their strong antioxidants. Polyphenols were found to be far more potent as antioxidants than vitamin E, still hailed one of the most powerful known antioxidants. This exotic fruit, used in traditional medicine for centuries, contains some of the most potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds in nature.
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