Does the world need another phytonutrient?
Absolutely! The science of nutritional
supplements is still very young. New studies are constantly being released leading us to better solutions to today's health
concerns. More and more science continues to surface about xanthones and their incredible benefits to the human body and their
ability to support a wide variety of health concerns.
from automobiles to computers constantly creates better ways to improve upon their products. Xanthones represent the
very latest that nutritional science has to offer. Much more than a great antioxidant, xanthones are a class of multi-functional
phytonutrients poised to raise the bar in the nutritional arena! At our company, we've not only launched a
category creator, we are the next generation of supplementation.
What are some of the studied benefits of xanthones?
Studies have demonstrated that xanthones have the ability to
offer support in the following areas:
Cholesterol concerns 1,2
Inflammation / pain response / Cox 2 inhibition 3
Skin conditions 4
Microbiological balance 5
Allergy support 6
Immune system support 7
1. Free Radic
Res 2000 Nov;33(5):643-59. Inhibition of lipoprotein oxidation by prenylated xanthones derived from mangostin. Mahabusarakam
W, Proudfoot J, Taylor W, Croft K. Chemistry Department, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.
P, Ongsakul M, Proudfoot J, Croft K, Beilin L. 1994. Mangostin inhibits the oxidative modification of human low density lipoprotein.
Free Rad Res. 23:175-184.
Pharmacol 2002 Jan 1;63(1):73-9. Inhibition of cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin E2 synthesis by gamma-mangostin, a xanthone
derivative in mangosteen, in C6 rat glioma cells. Nakatani K, Nakahata N, Arakawa T, Yasuda H, Ohizumi Y. Department
of Pharmaceutical Molecular Biology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku,
980-8578, Sendai, Japan.
N. 1992. Thai Medicinal Plants. Bangkok, Thailand: Medicinal Plant Information Center, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University.
Med 1983 May;48(1):59-60. Antimicrobial activities of Garcinia mangostana.
Sundaram BM, Gopalakrishnan C, Subramanian
S, Shankaranarayanan D, Kameswaran L.
of histamine release and prostaglandin E2 synthesis by mangosteen, a Thai medicinal plant.
Nakatani K, Atsumi M, Arakawa T,
Oosawa K, Shimura S, Nakahata N, Ohizumi Y. o Department of Pharmaceutical Molecular Biology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
7. J Med
Assoc Thai 1997 Sep;80 Suppl 1:S149-54. Immunopharmacological activity of polysaccharide from the pericarb of mangosteen garcinia:
phagocytic intracellular killing activities. Chanarat P, Chanarat N, Fujihara M, Nagumo T.
Department of Clinical Microscopy,
Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
V, Nagem T, Faustino de Oliveira F. 2000. Tetraoxygenated naturally occurring xanthones. Phytochemistry. 55:683-710
I eat a balanced diet. Am I getting xanthones from my food?
No. The xanthone
family of phytonutrients can be found in trace amounts in certain fruits and vegetables, however, the pericarp of the Mangosteen
is the premier source where these nutrients are found in concentrated amounts. Most scientific studies actually name the mangosteen
pericarp as the quintessential source of xanthones.
What makes xanthones from mangosteen so special?
What is amazing is that the Mangosteen (which, by the way, has no connection with the mango), has never been utilized for its multiple health benefits in North
America or Europe despite its history and popularity as a folk remedy in Asia and South America. Until recently, it has been
one of Nature's best kept secrets.
For centuries the traditional medical
healers of India, China, Malaysia, Thailand the Philippines and Vietnam have employed Mangosteen for its health benefits.
In the last 150 years the plant has been transported to Africa, the Caribbean, Australia and South America where both researchers
and medical practitioners alike have studied and utilized its healing and protective properties.
What is meant by "whole fruit puree" ?
The mangosteen fruit pulp is delicious
and by itself holds some nutritional value, however, the pericarp and the seeds are the main source of a phtyonutrient known
as xanothones. The highest quality mangosteen juice products must utilize the whole fruit puree, where they have milled
the entire fruit-pulp, seeds and pericarp together -- thus capturing the full abundance of nutritional support.
This is essential because
xanthones are quickly being recognized as the newest superstar of the phtyochemical world and only a whole fruit process will
produce a only dietary supplement to feature this powerful component!
Are there any commercial items featuring mangosteen?
Beware of products that use mangosteen
only as a flavor or only include the pulp (and not the pericarp). As aforementioned, the mangosteen fruit pulp is delicious
and there may be a few commercial items that feature the mangosteen fruit pulp or flavor, but only the whole fruit goodness
of the mangosteen — pericarp, pulp and seeds — will provide the full nutritional and healing value of mangosteen
Occasionally gift companies
will ship frozen mangosteen in for use in exotic gift baskets. These companies charge a premium price for the fruit.
It is rumored that the famous Harrods department store in England brought mangosteen in and charged the equivalent of several
US dollars for each piece of fruit....
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