Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is an exotic, tropical fruit with a slightly sweet and sour flavor. Mangosteen is used for diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTIs), gonorrhea, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, and an intestinal infection called dysentery. The fruit is sometimes referred to as purple mangosteen because of the deep purple color its rind develops when ripe. In contrast, the juicy inner flesh is bright white. The flavor of the tropical—and difficult to find—mangosteen has been described as a delicious mix of lychee, peach, strawberry, and pineapple
It is also used for stimulating the immune system and improving mental health. Mangosteen is relatively low in calories yet provides many essential nutrients. Mangosteen contains several nutrients with antioxidant capacities, such as vitamin C and folate. Plus, it provides xanthones — a unique type of plant compound known to have strong antioxidant properties. In several studies, the antioxidant activity of xanthones has resulted in anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-aging, and antidiabetic effects. Mangosteen is also rich in fiber, which offers various benefits. For instance, some animal research indicates that a higher-fiber diet may help reduce your body’s inflammatory response.
A 1-cup (196-gram) serving of canned, drained mangosteen offers (1Trusted Source):
Carbs: 35 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 1 gram
Vitamin C: 9% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Vitamin B9 (folate): 15% of the RDI
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 7% of the RDI
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 6% of the RDI
Manganese: 10% of the RDI
Copper: 7% of the RDI
Magnesium: 6% of the RDI
The inner flesh is white and very juicy when ripe. This part of the fruit can be eaten raw or added to smoothies or tropical fruit salads for a delicious boost of flavor. Mangosteen is often eaten as a dessert fruit or made into jams. History reports that it was Queen Victoria’s favorite fruit. These days, mangosteen juice is becoming a popular “health drink.” It is usually sold under the name “Xango juice.” Some marketers claim that Xango juice can treat diarrhea, menstrual problems, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, and a variety of other conditions. However, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support these claims.