Recognized by its rich aubergine skin and loved for its succulent sweetness, Mangosteen reigns as the ‘queen of the fruits’ in India and Southeast Asia. While it may be small (only about the size of a fig), it packs a mighty punch, providing the most complete and diverse library of cancer-fighting xanthones (that’s a sexy way of saying antioxidants) of any plant discovered so far. Not surprisingly, it’s being researched for its definitive health benefits, and the studies are revealing some very compelling data (See Ingredient Intel: Everything You Need To Know below). A featured ingredient in this month’s Hero product, Mangosteen is the new Superpower ingredient to know.
Only recently, and only occasionally, available in your local Asian market, Mangosteen was banned for import in the US until 2007 when irradiated produce fromThailand was approved, and is still banned for import in many countries. While not prolific, you may have luck finding them in Florida as they thrive only in tropical conditions. Though hard to find, they’re worth the hunt.
You can spot a high ORAC-value fruit by it’s color. The richer the hue, the better for you. With the Mangosteen fruit, all the good stuff is concentrated in the deep purple skin. In our March Hero Product, Mangosteen Beauty Drops PM by SkinOwl, the peel is cold-pressed to extract its unique combination of oxygenating and cell-repairing phytonutrients. But you can get your fix from other sources, too. There are myriad juices, powders and teas made from the fruit that all claim anti-cancer, vitality-boosting and overall health benefits.
Tear away the dense purple skin and what is revealed are small, white, fleshy segments that give the fruit its unique sweet/tart taste. Nothing is every wasted in nature, and the Mangosteen is proof. The whole fruit has its purpose and plays a vital role in whole body health when consumed. The deep purple skin delivers potent antioxidant protection, the fleshy center nourishes as a sweet treat, and the nut regenerates and grows into another fruit-bearing tree.
INGREDIENT INTEL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The US National Library of Medicine cites over 20 studies on Mangosteen fruits and their effects on cancer cells
- Mangosteen Trees take 8-10 years on average to start bearing fruit. Trees can flourish for over 100 years and bear 3,000 fruits annually
- Mangosteen has the most complete and diverse ‘library of xanthones’ of any plant discovered so far.
- When ingested or applied topically, Mangosteen is concentrated with over 60 different antioxidants to protect skin from environmental aggressors
- When used as a topical oil, Mangosteen is a potent antibacterial that balances sebum production and fights blemishes naturally
- Boosts skin turnover and radiance with a cocktail of essential minerals and amino acids