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Mangosteen is a dark reddish-purple fruit of southeastern Asia with a thick rind and juicy flesh having a flavor suggestive of both peach and pineapple.

Also: a tree (Garcinia mangostana) of the Saint-John’s- wort family that bears mangosteens. [1]

The history

The steady increase in awareness of the mangosteen outside of the Malay Archipelago, its native variety, was a long and slow procedure. The few explorers who passed through the seas of Southeast Asia had more pushing concerns to contend with than attempting to transport back to Europe and later the Americas an unique fruit that was so disposable and vulnerable. Even the seeds pass away in a week approximately if enabled to dry. There were easier ways to make money. Spices, nuts, precious metals, gems, plant and animal pharmaceuticals and hard goods were all more able to make the long ocean journey back with little decrease in quality. However, live mangosteen plants were attempted before the 1800’s.

Most likely the very best bibliography of the historical referrals to the mangosteen was assembled by Cora L. Feldkamp in 1946. This substantial compilation consisted of, in her words, “referrals on all aspects of the mangosteen- botany, culture, illness and insects, ranges, composition, nutritive value, culinary, toxic effects, utilizes, economics, etc” Much of the website relied on the thorough work done by Cora L. Feldkamp. It provided a huge overview of the history of the mangosteen and its constant march towards contemporary times and higher familiarity in the Western Hemisphere and Europe.

The earlier transport of plants beyond their native variety required a good deal of preparation and after that luck when the mode of transportation was a boat on the open seas. Beyond the usual standard need of food and weaponry, live plant transportation required more intricate measures i.e. Refitting the ship deck, lining the hull with copper to fend off seaborne wood parasites, developing unique plant cases or developing greenhouses on deck, saving extra fresh water, etc. A few of the earlier plant explorers did succeed very well in getting their accessions back to their house countries or colonies. Often the accessions changed ships in transit when a homeward-bound vessel helped a fellow countryman in getting their collected product back to the mother country. And sometimes the gathered material became the home of a various nation as a result of piracy. In this regard, the Spanish, French, Dutch, British, Portuguese and others all vied for control of different areas of the world and strove to develop monopolies in any and all products. The spice trade, furs, gums and waxes, natural dyes, ivory, silk, cotton and coffee made up much of the freight at sea in those times. A steady trend was emerging where the control of a product was more workable for a colonial power than outright control of individuals of a colony or ownership and treaties for this purpose abounded. In the years following their loss in the Revolutionary War, the British set to the task of checking out and enhancing their grip on specific trade routes on the seas. Plants were not only transported back to home nations from afar (3 ). Numerous colonizers likewise took plants and animals the other way, ‘seeding’ the islands along the routes to try and make sure a food supply in both instructions and a means of barter too. Horses, pigs and goats existed as presents to protect certain trade opportunities and the result was a motion of germplasm of lots of species outside of their native varieties that would never ever be enabled today. The focus of this web site, the mangosteen, was just a bit player in this drama however contributed however.

The records that detail the movement of the mangosteen throughout the 18th and 19th century show that the very first intro of the mangosteen in the UK returns to someone called Anton Pantaleon Hove. A. P. Hove (alternately Hoveau) was a Pole dispatched by Sir Joseph Banks to go and attempt to ‘get’ some better stress of cotton seeds from Gujarat, India. Obviously among his procurements were mangosteen plants that made it back to Plymouth, England in 1789 and which were then relocated to Kew. Sir Joseph Banks, whose extensive popularity and renown resulting from his accompanying Captain Cook on his first exploration, was then head of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and president of the Royal Society. Banks was very actively included throughout this duration in directing, seeking advice from on and sometimes personally moneying tasks involving both plant and animal introductions. Slowly however definitely, the effort was being made to introduce the mangosteen into the Western Hemisphere.

With regard to the history of the mangosteen, it needs to be kept in mind that it was the other plant under consideration in an 18th century publication entitled “A description of the mangostan and the bread-fruit” by John Ellis (mangostan was the word for the mangosteen in the Molucca Islands). The year was 1775 and John Ellis was using his knowledge of the tropics as a fellow of the Royal Society Of London to expound upon the botanical treasures of away Africa and the Malay Archipelago. The original intent of this work was to inform his Majesty “The Earl of Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty of GREAT BRITAIN” of a possibility that “seems conducive to the advantage of any part of the British Empire …”.

Ellis makes reference to Laurent Garcin, a French naturalist who took a trip through the region in question collecting and explaining the native plants in general and the mangosteen in particular. Linnaeus, a regular reporter with Ellis, honored the work of Laurent Garcin by calling the genus Garcinia cambogia extract that includes the mangosteen after him. It is the radiant description of the mangosteen fruit by Garcin, Rumphius, and others that led Ellis to position it alongside the breadfruit as a candidate for retrieval and planting in the British nests of the Caribbean. The publication of this paper was planned to motivate the funding of an exploration to the “East Indies” to revive these two plant types, the mangosteen and the breadfruit, to the West Indies for planting and growing. In this it prospered. The specific chosen for this journey based on the conclusions of this publication was none other than Captain Bligh. The British federal government in 1787 informed the West India Committee, a British plantation owners’ lobbying organization in competition with the Royal Society of the Arts, that they would provide financing for this exploration. They bought a ship commissioned as the “Bounty” for this purpose. As lots of know, Bligh required more than one effort but did eventually succeed in bringing back the bread fruit on the ship Providence. For this Bligh received the Gold Medal from the Royal Society of the Arts in 1793. Breadfruit then ended up being extensively developed throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The same success and prestige could not be stated for the other prospect in John Ellis’ work, the mangosteen, at that time.

The recommendations to the mangosteen stay rather sparse from completion of the 18th century to the mid-19th century. One event that stands out is that of the very first documented fruiting of the mangosteen in the United Kingdom in 1855. This accomplishment was accomplished at Syon Park, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland, by their extremely experienced garden enthusiast John Ivison. The greenhouse complex was heated to keep a stable tropical temperature level to offset the temperate British environment and this was handled in what were then called range homes. The seeds were obtained, so the article goes, by a Captain White from Calcutta in 1833. Based on this and other short articles around that period, the timeframe would be that flowers formed on one or both of the two trees grown in large tubs in November of 1854. This would exercise about right for fruit approximately 120 days or more later. It was mentioned that the tree with the flowers had to do with 15′ high and 9′ broad (a field grown tree in the tropics can produce at a much smaller sized size and in fewer years) but to pull this off in a greenhouse was quite an achievement. It was acknowledged as such by the Royal Horticultural Society at the time. The fruit received the Gold Banksian Medal, the first time such an honor was connected to a single fruit. It is claimed by various web sites that Queen Victoria remained in presence when the fruit existed however in point of fact there is no evidence of that and the Queen most likely was not. This would have been too newsworthy for the press to have actually ignored it in the articles of the time and none substantiate this claim. The Royal Archives recently discovered a letter from Eleanor, the Duchess of Northumberland, addressed to Queen Victoria discussing that based upon her (Eleanor’s) glowing description of the mangosteen to the Queen at a subsequent gathering, “… I now venture to ask to be permitted to send to your Majesty, a Fruit of the Mangosteen, which has never been understood to fruit out of its own nation; and this is for that reason a things of really excellent interest and interest among Botanists.” Why would she provide to send out one if the Queen had currently been at any event based on the fruit of the mangosteen? This letter is from Might 7, 1855 and there is no documented evidence at this time that the Queen ever received the fruit or tried it if it got here. A good day to be a court cup! So it is possible that Queen Victoria attempted a sample sent out over to her by Eleanor, Duchess of Northumberland, however there is no recorded proof of receipt at this time or tasting of the mangosteen by the Queen in 1855. None whatsoever. [2]


The mangosteen tree is really slow-growing, put up, with a pyramidal crown; achieves 20 to 82 feet (6-25 m) in height, has dark-brown or almost black, flaking bark, the inner bark consisting of much yellow, gummy, bitter latex. The evergreen, opposite, short-stalked leaves are ovate-oblong or elliptic, leatherlike and thick, dark-green, somewhat glossy above, yellowish-green and dull below; 3 1/2 to 10 in (9-25 cm) long, 1 3/4 to 4 in (4.5-10 cm) broad, with noticeable, pale midrib. New leaves are rosy. Flowers, 1 1/2 to 2 in (4-5 cm) large and fleshy, may be male or hermaphrodite on the exact same tree. The previous are in clusters of 3-9 at the branch pointers; there are 4 sepals and 4 ovate, thick, fleshy petals, green with red spots on the outside, yellowish-red within, and many stamens though the aborted anthers bear no pollen. The hermaphrodite are borne singly or in sets at the tips of young branchlets; their petals may be yellowish-green edged with red or mainly red, and are quickly shed.

The fruit, capped by the popular calyx at the stem end and with 4 to 8 triangular, flat remnants of the preconception in a rosette at the peak, is round, dark-purple to red-purple and smooth externally; 1 1/3 to 3 in (3.4-7.5 cm) in size. The skin is 1/4 to 3/8 in (6-10 mm) thick, red in cross-section, purplish-white on the within. It contains bitter yellow latex and a purple, staining juice. There are 4 to 8 triangular sections of snow-white, juicy, soft flesh (actually the arils of the seeds). The fruit might be seedless or have 1 to 5 fully developed seeds, ovoid-oblong, rather flattened, 1 in (2.5 cm) long and 5/8 in (1.6 cm) large, that cling to the flesh. The flesh is a little acid and mild to clearly acid in flavor and is acclaimed as remarkably luscious and tasty.


According to Corner, the fruit from seedling trees is fairly uniform; only one distinct variation is understood and that remains in the Sulu Islands. The fruit is larger, the rind thicker than typical, and the flesh more acid; the taste more pronounced. In North Borneo, an apparently wild form has only 4 carpels, each including a fully-developed seed, and this is most likely not special.


The mangosteen is ultra-tropical. It can not tolerate temperatures below 40º F (4.44 º C), nor above 100º F (37.78 º C). Nursery seedlings are killed at 45º F (7.22 º C).

It is restricted in Malaya to elevations listed below 1,500 feet (450 m). In Madras it grows from 250 to 5,000 ft (76-1,500 m) above sea-level. Attempts to develop it north of 200 latitude have all failed.

It normally needs high climatic humidity and a yearly rains of a minimum of 50 in (127 cm), and no long periods of dry spell. In Dominica, mangosteens growing in a location having 80 in (200 cm) of rain yearly needed unique care, but those in another locality with 105 in (255 cm) and soil with much better moisture- holding capability, flourished.


The tree is not adjusted to limestone and does finest in deep, abundant organic soil, specifically sandy loam or laterite. In India, the most efficient specimens are on clay including much coarse material and a little silt. Sandy alluvial soils are unsuitable and sand low in humus adds to low yields. The tree needs good drain and the water table ought to be about 6 ft (1.8 m) below ground level. Nevertheless, in the Canal Zone, efficient mangosteen groves have been established where it is too damp for other fruit trees– in swamps needing drainage ditches in between rows and in scenarios where the roots were bathed with streaming water most of the year, in spite of the truth that standing water in nursery beds will eliminate seedlings. The mangosteen must be protected from strong winds and salt spray, in addition to saline soil or water.


Technically, the so-called “seeds” are not true seeds however adventitious embryos, or hypocotyl tubercles, inasmuch as there has actually been no sexual fertilization. When growth starts, a shoot emerges from one end of the seed and a root from the other end. But this root is short-lived and is changed by roots which develop at the base of the shoot. The procedure of recreation being vegetative, there is naturally little variation in the resulting trees and their fruits. Some of the seeds are polyembryonic, producing more than one shoot. The individual nucellar embryos can be separated, if wanted, before planting.

Inasmuch as the portion of germination is directly related to the weight of the seed, just plump, fully established seeds must be chosen for planting. Even these will lose viability in 5 days after removal from the fruit, though they are feasible for 3 to 5 weeks in the fruit. Seeds packed in gently moistened peat moss, sphagnum moss or coconut fiber in airtight containers have actually remained practical for 3 months. Only 22% germination has actually been realized in seeds packed in ground charcoal for 15 days. Taking in water for 24 hours accelerates and boosts the rate of germination. Generally, growing takes place in 20 to 22 days and is complete in 43 days.

Because of the long, fragile taproot and bad lateral root advancement, transplanting is infamously challenging. It must not be tried after the plants reach 2 ft (60 cm). At that time the depth of the taproot may go beyond that height. There is greater seedling survival if seeds are planted straight in the nursery row than if very first grown in containers and after that transplanted to the nursery. The nursery soil need to be 3 ft (1 m) deep, at least. The young plants take 2 years or more to reach a height of 12 in (30 cm), when they can be taken up with a deep ball of earth and set out. Fruiting might take place in 7 to 9 years from planting however usually not for 10 and even 20 years.

Conventional vegetative proliferation of the mangosteen is hard. Various techniques of implanting have actually failed. Cuttings and air-layers, with or without growth-promoting chemicals, usually stop working to root or result in warped, brief plants. Inarching on various rootstocks has actually appeared appealing in the beginning however later incompatibility has actually been evident with all except G. Xanthochymus Hook. F. (G tinctoria Dunn.) Or G. Lateriflora Bl., now commonly used in the Philippines.

In Florida, approach-grafting has been successful just by planting a seed of G. Xanthochymus about 1 1/4 in (3 cm) from the base of a mangosteen seedling in a container and, when the stem of the G. Xanthochymus seedling has ended up being 1/8 in (3 mm) thick, joining it onto the 3/16 to 1/4 in (5-6 mm) thick stem of the mangosteen at a point about 4 in (10 cm) above the soil. When the graft has actually healed, the G. Xanthochymus seedling is beheaded. The mangosteen will make great progress having both root systems to grow on, while the G. Xanthochymus rootstock will develop really little.


A spacing of 35 to 40 ft (10.7-12 m) is advised. Planting is preferably done at the beginning of the rainy season. Pits 4 x 4 x 4 1/2 ft (1.2 x l. 2 x l. 3 m) are prepared at least one month ahead of time, enriched with raw material and topsoil and left to weather. The young tree is put in place really thoroughly so as not to injure the root and provided a heavy watering. Partial shading with palm fronds or by other ways must be maintained for 3 to 5 years. Indian growers provide each tree regular feeding with well-rotted manure– 100 to 200 pounds (45-90 kg)– and peanut meal– 10 to 15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg) overall, annually.

Some of the most rewarding mangosteen trees are growing on the banks of streams, lakes, ponds or canals where the roots are nearly continuously damp. Nevertheless, dry weather condition right before blooming time and throughout flowering induces an excellent fruit-set. Where a wet planting site is not readily available, irrigation ditches ought to be dug to make it possible to maintain an adequate supply of water and the trees are irrigated practically daily during the dry season.

In Malaya and Ceylon, it is a typical practice to spread out a mulch of coconut husks or fronds to retain wetness. A 16-in (40-cm) mulch of grass restored trees that had begun dehydrating in Liberia. It has been suggested that little inner branches be pruned from old, ineffective trees to stimulate bearing. In Thailand, the tree is stated to take 12 to twenty years to fruit. In Panama and Puerto Rico trees grown from big seed and offered good culture have borne in 6 years.

Season and Harvesting

At low elevations in Ceylon the fruit ripens from May to July; at higher elevations, in July and August or August and September. In India, there are 2 unique fruiting seasons, one in the monsoon duration (July-October) and another from April through June. Puerto Rican trees in full sun fruit in July and August; shaded trees, in November and December.

Cropping is irregular and the yield varies from tree to tree and from season to season. The first crop might be 200 to 300 fruits. Typical yield of a mature tree is about 500 fruits. The yield steadily increases up to the 30th year of bearing when crops of 1,000 to 2,000 fruits might be obtained. In Madras, specific trees between the ages of 20 and 45 years have actually borne 2,000 to 3,000 fruits. Productivity slowly decreases afterwards, though the tree will still be fruiting at 100 years of age.

Ripeness is gauged by the complete advancement of color and slight softening. Choosing might be done when the fruits are somewhat underripe but they must be fully mature (industrialized) or they will not ripen after selecting. The fruits should be harvested by hand from ladders or by means of a cutting pole and not be enabled to fall.

Keeping Quality

In dry, warm, closed storage, mangosteens can be held 20 to 25 days. Longer durations trigger the outer skin to strengthen and the rind to become rubbery; later, the rind hardens and becomes difficult to open and the flesh turns dry.

Ripe mangosteens keep well for 3 to 4 weeks in storage at 40º to 55º F (4.44 º-12.78 º C). Trials in India have actually shown that maximum conditions for cold storage are temperatures of 39º to 42º F (3.89 º-5.56 º C) and relative humidity of 85 to 90%, which maintain quality for 49 days. It is recommended that the fruits be wrapped in tissue paper and packed 25-to-the-box in light wooden crates with excelsior padding. Fruits chose somewhat unripe have actually been shipped from Burma to the UK at 50º to 55º F (10º-12.78 º C). From 1927 to 1929, trial deliveries were made from Java to Holland at 37.4 º F (roughly 2.38 º C) and the fruits kept in good condition for 24 days.

Bugs and Diseases

Couple of insects have actually been reported. A leaf-eating caterpillar in India may perhaps be the same as that which attacks brand-new shoots in the Philippines and which has actually been identified as Orgyra sp. Of the tussock moth household, Lymantridae. A little ant, Myrnelachista ramulorum, in Puerto Rico, colonizes the tree, tunnels into the trunk and branches, and harms the new development. Termites sometimes ruin the fruits with little bites and scratches. Totally ripe fruits are attacked by monkeys, bats and rats in Asia.

In Puerto Rico, thread blight brought on by the fungi, Pellicularia koleroga, is frequently seen on branchlets, foliage and fruits of trees in shaded, damp areas. The fruits may become coated with webbing and messed up. In Malaya, the fungi, Zignoella garcineae, triggers “canker”– tuberous developments on the branches, triggering a deadly dying-back of foliage, branches and ultimately the whole tree. Breakdown in storage is triggered by the fungis Diplodia gossypina, Pestalotia sp., Phomopsis sp., Gloeosporium sp., and Rhizopus nigricans.

A major physiological issue called “gamboge” is evidenced by the oozing of latex onto the outer surface of the fruits and on the branches throughout periods of heavy and constant rains. It does not affect eating quality. Fruit-cracking might happen because of extreme absorption of wetness. In broken fruits the flesh will be inflamed and mushy. Bruising brought on by the force of storms might be a crucial factor in both of these problems. Fruits exposed to strong sun may also radiate latex. Mangosteens produced in Honduras typically have crystal-like “stones” in the flesh and they might render the fruit totally inedible. [3]

Nutritional Worth Of Mangosteen

  • Calories: 63
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Carbs: 17.91 g
  • Calcium: 10mg
  • Protein: 0.41 g
  • Iron: 0.36 mg
  • Water: 81g
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Vitamin A: 35IU
  • Vitamin C: 2.9 mg [4]

Health Advantages of Mangosteen

It may prevent cancer

Mangosteen plants include few natural substances. One of those substances is xanthones. As per research studies, xanthones have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may aid in preventing and dealing with cancer-causing cells. In addition, depending upon their structures, xanthones exhibit a large range of biological features. They consist of antihypertensive, antioxidative, antithrombotic, and anti-cancer properties.

These compounds prevent the oxidative stress of cells because of anti-oxidants in them. Oxidative stress describes the imbalance between oxygen and totally free radicals in the body. Free radicals are extremely reactive and unsteady molecules. Their instability activates the process of oxidative stress. It ultimately damages the cells and their essential parts like the cell membrane, DNA, proteins and so on. Oxidative stress results in extreme conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

In addition to xanthones, mangosteen likewise contains Vitamin C and folate. Based on research study, these substances are likewise antioxidants and are for that reason valuable in dealing with cancerous cells.

Controls Blood Sugar Level

Insulin is the hormonal agent responsible for controlling the sugar level in the body. Insulin resistance happens when cells in different parts of the body like the liver, fat and muscles stop working to take in glucose from the blood. This condition creates an imbalance in blood glucose levels, leading to diabetes.

Enhances Body Immune System

A healthy body immune system is of excellent value for the correct performance of the body. Consequently, it protects the body from damaging microorganisms, infections, germs, and contaminants launched by them. Therefore, it is essential to have a robust body immune system to fend off any health problem.

Mangosteen is a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is commonly known as ascorbic acid and is water-soluble. As per studies, it aids in maintaining a healthy body immune system. Nevertheless, since our body can not produce vitamin C, we need to get it from our day-to-day foods.

Vitamin C is an important nutrient. It supports a number of cellular functions of our body’s adaptive body immune systems, reinforcing the body immune system. As an antioxidant, it can assist the body battle totally free radicals, reducing inflammation and increasing resistance. In addition, Vitamin C help in the recovery of injuries and the repair work and maintenance of healthy skin, gums, teeth and bones and cartilage (a tough tissue covering the bones).

Folate is a kind of Vitamin B. It is a crucial element for producing and promoting healthy cells in our bodies. In addition, folate enhances the immune system. According to research studies, folate intake increases the production of T cells that increase the body’s immune action.

Keeps Healthy Skin

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of mangosteen promotes healthy skin. The skin’s renewal procedure decreases by swelling. Anti-oxidants help the skin renew itself and repair damage by lowering swelling. Vitamin C, a constituent of mangosteen, assists improve collagen formation, important for youthful skin.

Fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, acne breakouts, and so on, are all signs of oxidative stress. As a result, they break down collagen, hinders the skin’s natural repair work process, and triggers swelling. Antioxidants can assist avoid and repair these indications by neutralising free radicals, offering skin a more vibrant look.

Free radicals and routine sun direct exposure can activate changes in the production of skin’s melanin. As a result, the skin establishes dark areas and irregular complexion. Anti-oxidants can assist prevent irregular skin pigmentation by minimising photodamage. Some antioxidants (like vitamin C) likewise obstruct tyrosinase, an enzyme that promotes the generation of melanin.

Contains Antibacterial Properties

Mangosteen’s antimicrobial properties hinder the development of a broad range of germs and fungi. For example, mangosteen consists of xanthones that prevent microorganisms like E. Coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (which causes pneumonia, utis, and other infections in humans).

Xanthones have an unique chemical structure called the tricyclic aromatic system, connected to antibacterial activity. It is likewise practical against both typical and antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which causes different health problems in humans. Like boils and abscesses on the skin, pneumonia, and joint infections. Mangosteen fruit extracts also avoid the growth of Mycobacterium TB (the tuberculosis-causing germs).

Prevents Heart Problem

Swelling increases the development of plaque and embolism in arteries setting off stroke and heart attacks. Our body takes these plaques as a foreign substance. They should not remain in the capillary. The body tries to separate the plaque from the flowing blood. Nevertheless, it sometimes so takes place that the plaque ruptures, allowing its walled-off parts to get in touch with blood, leading to the development of a blood clot.

The obstruction of arteries in the heart by embolism causes a heart attack. As per research studies, mangosteen has anti-inflammatory homes. As a result, it limits C reactive protein level that triggers inflammation.

Healthy Mangosteen Recipe

1. Thai Design Fruit Salad

  • Serving: 1
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins


  • Hot chilli: 6
  • Garlic: 1 Clove
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 tbsp
  • Fish sauce: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Palm sugar: 1/2 tbsp
  • Combined fruits consisting of mangosteen: 2/3 cups
  • Nuts: 1/2 cups
  • Blanched Prawns: 5


  1. Slice or shred all the fruits you have, such as mangosteen, carrots, tomatoes, beans, corn and grapes.
  2. Grind the chilli and garlic in a mortar and pestle. Add as numerous chillies as you want, depending on how hot you desire.
  3. Add lime juice, palm sugar and fish sauce to the crushed chilli and garlic. Then mix it.
  4. Add this mix to the sliced fruits in addition to the blanched prawn. Serve with nuts as garnishes.

2. Mangosteen Chia Healthy Smoothie Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes.

Active ingredients

  • Chia seeds (soaked in water for an hour); 1 tbsp
  • Mangosteens: 2
  • Half mango
  • Mixed seeds: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Ice cubes


  1. Mix soaked chia seeds, mangosteen, mango, combined seeds, milk and a couple of ice cubes in a mixer up until it ends up being smooth and thick.
  2. Add some jaggery to the puree if you want to.
  3. Put the smoothie in a bowl and garnish it with fruits and nuts. [5]

Mangosteen: 7 Unexpected Side Effects Of The Tropical Fruit

May Decrease Blood Clotting

Mangosteen has actually been found to decrease blood clot. It can increase the danger of bleeding in susceptible people. This is especially true when the fruit is brought with particular drugs that increase the risk.

Consuming mangosteen might likewise increase the threat of bleeding during or after surgery. Prevent taking it at least 2 weeks before a set up surgery.

May Cause Lactic Acidosis

Lactic acidosis is a medical condition identified by the build-up of lactate within the body. This occurs due to the formation of excessively low ph in the blood stream. This indicates the accumulation of excess acid within the body’s system.

A study highlights severe lactic acidosis that takes place due to using mangosteen juice as a dietary supplement. Based on anecdotal reports, the symptoms connected with this condition may include weak point and nausea. If left unattended, this condition can lead to an acid accumulation in the body to hazardous levels– leading to shock and death.

May Interfere With Chemotherapy

Animal research studies have revealed the anticancer effects of mangosteen. However studies on human beings are yet to be performed. Mangosteen items are frequently marketed to cancer patients as dietary supplements.

Some research study shows that these supplements might interfere with cancer treatment and adversely affect blood sugar levels. In another report, specific antioxidant supplements were found to decrease the effectiveness of conventional radiation treatments.

As mangosteen supplements are typically marketed for their antioxidant capacity, it is important to work out caution.

May Cause Gastrointestinal Issues

Some research study has actually shown subjects experiencing intestinal signs after taking in mangosteen for over 26 weeks. A few of these signs included bloating, diarrhea, stomach reflux, and irregularity.

May Cause Sedation

The derivatives of mangosteen caused anxiety and sedation in rats. The impacts had also resulted in decreased motor activity. Nevertheless, more studies in people are needed to establish these impacts.

May Cause Allergies

There is minimal evidence if mangosteen can trigger allergic reactions. However anecdotal evidence recommends that it might cause responses in individuals conscious the fruit. If you experience any response after taking in mangosteen, stop consumption and visit your doctor.

May Cause Problems During Pregnancy

The safety of mangosteen during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not yet established. Hence, remain safe and avoid use. You might consult your doctor relating to the exact same.

Most of the unfavorable results of mangosteen are yet to be developed by concrete research. If you are typically vulnerable to allergic reactions or reactions, you might want to speak to your physician prior to taking the fruit.

Why Is Mangosteen Banned?

Mangosteen was banned in the US by the FDA since it could be a host to import Asian fruit flies into the country. The ban was lifted owing to preventive irradiation of the fruit, which was a treatment done to decontaminate it. The approach of irradiation is still under debate despite its claims that it does not compromise with the taste and nutrition of the fruit.

Nevertheless, food supplements containing mangosteen continue to be prohibited by the United States FDA. Such supplements are mainly unregistered, and not much is known if they might cause any negative results. [6]


Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant/ Antiplatelet drugs) Interaction Score: Moderate Beware with this combination.Talk with your health supplier.

Mangosteen might slow blood clot and boost bleeding time. Taking mangosteen in addition to medications that also slow clotting may increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clot consist of aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), dalteparin (Fragmin), dipyridamole (Persantine), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others. [7]

Unique Safety Measures and Cautions

When taken by mouth: Mangosteen is perhaps safe when taken for up to 12 weeks. It might cause constipation, bloating, queasiness, throwing up, and fatigue.

When applied to the gums: Mangosteen gel is possibly safe.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t sufficient reputable information to know if mangosteen is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Remain on the safe side and avoid usage.

Bleeding conditions: Mangosteen may slow blood clotting. Taking mangosteen may increase the danger of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Surgical treatment: Mangosteen may slow blood clot. Taking mangosteen may increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgical treatment. Stop taking mangosteen 2 weeks prior to surgery. [8]
Mangosteen causes allergic reactions in some people and for this reason it is advised for you to stay away from this fruit, in case you are prone to hypersensitivity. [9]

The bottom line

Mangosteen is a small purple fruit that grows in Southeast Asia. It is tough to grow and import into the U.S.

Studies have suggested that the fruit has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory homes. Nevertheless, there is not yet sufficient evidence to conclusively show this.

Some medications consist of mangosteen as a component. These consist of drugs for obesity and gum illness. People who are pregnant, nursing, have a blood disorder, or will have an operation ought to avoid mangosteen-based medicines. [10]


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