Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC Recognizes Mangosteen


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MANGOSTEEN (Garcinia mangostana L.)


Mangosteen Fruit (Garcinia mangostana L.)

Mangosteen is a plant native to Southeast Asia. The fruits are used in traditional medicine to treat skin infections, wounds, and diarrhea. Recent studies have revealed that xanthones from the fruit hulls exhibit antibacterial (3), antifungal (4), and antiinflammatory (5) properties. Alpha-mangostin, a xanthone, inhibited growth of human leukemia HL60 cells (1) (6), reduced the synthesis of prostaglandins (5), and prevented oxidative damage of LDL (7) in vitro. There is also preliminary evidence that alpha- and gamma-mangostins act as histamine and serotonin receptor blockers (8), and also inhibit HIV-1 protease (9). Garcinone E, another xanthone, exerts cytotoxic effects against human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (10). Extract from the pericarp of mangosteen has antiproliferative, antioxidative, and apoptotic effects against human breast cancer SKBR3 cells (11). There is no data from clinical trials to verify these effects in humans. No adverse effects have been reported with the use of mangosteen.


Garcinia mangostana L.


  • Bacterial Infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Fungal infections
  • Inflammation
  • Skin infections
  • Wound healing


  • Xanthones: alpha-mangostin, beta-mangostin, gamma-mangostin, garcinone B, garcinone E
  • Mangostinone
  • Tannins
  • Flavonoid: epicatechin
    (1) (2)


The xanthones, alpha- and beta-mangostins, and garcinone B exhibit strong inhibitory effect against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vitro (3). Alpha-mangostin has been shown to inhibit growth of human leukemia HL60 cells by inducing caspase-3-dependent apoptosis (1) (6), reduce the synthesis of prostaglandins by inhibiting the activities of COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes (5), and prevent oxidative damage of LDL by functioning as a free-radical scavenger (7). Alpha- and gamma-mangostins also antagonize the activities of histamine and serotonin by acting as receptor blockers (8). Garcinone E has cytotoxic effects against human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (10). In vitro studies have also demonstrated that a crude methanolic extract from the pericarp of mangosteen has antiproliferative, antioxidative, and apoptotic effects against SKBR3 human breast cancer cells (11).


There is no clinical data available to support the beneficial effects of mangosteen in humans.


(1) Matsumoto K, et al.Induction of apoptosis by xanthones from mangosteen in human leukemia cell lines. J Nat Prod 2003; 66(8):1124-1127.
(2) Suksamrarn S, et al. Xanthones from the green fruit hulls of Garcinia mangostana. J Nat Prod 2002; 65(5):761-763.
(3) Suksamrarn S, et al. Antimycobacterial activity of prenylated xanthones from the fruits of Garcinia mangostana. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2003; 51(7):857-859.
(7) Williams P, et al. Mangostin inhibits the oxidative modification of human low density lipoprotein. Free Radic Res 1995; 23(2):175-184.
(9) Chen SX, Wan M, Loh BN. Active constituents against HIV-1 protease from Garcinia mangostana. Planta Med 1996; 62(4):381-382.

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NOTE: This web site is for educational purposes and does not endorse or promote any specific commercial product or company. It is merely a web site sharing resources and info about mangosteen fruit and Xanthones. Mangosteen is a fruit. The xanthones from the mangosteen have been shown in laboratory studies to be powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and to have other special properties. However, laboratory results do not guarantee the same will happen in the human body. Mangosteen is a supplement and not a drug; therefore, no one can say the mangosteen will cure, treat, or prevent any specific condition or symptom. The United States government, however, has determined and stated: increasing the amount of plant-based foods and supplements in our diet improves our health and decreases the incidence of chronic disease. Nothing on this site is meant to guarantee or imply you will receive any benefit from the consumption of mangosteen. Look at the available science on the mangosteen and then answer for yourself...Does mangosteen make sense for you? If you have a health challenge, be sure to always discuss it with a trained medical practitioner.


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