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What is Mangosteen Juice?

Mangosteen juice is full of rich antioxidants.
Whole and cut mangosteen.
Mangosteens.
Unripe fruit growing on a mangosteen tree.
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Mangosteen juice is a tropical fruit beverage made by liquefying the seeds, rind, and flesh of the Southeast Asian mangosteen. Mangosteens, Garcina mangostana, are native to countries such as Malaysia, the Phillippines, and Thailand, although they are also cultivated in Brazil and India for American importers. They bottle the juice as a supposed miracle cure containing unprecedented amounts of antioxidants and xanthones.

The mangosteen is the size of an apple, with a thick rind, interior white segments like an orange, and large seeds. As with many fruits, the mangosteen is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, potassium, iron, and calcium. The fruit is not widely available in America, so the juice must be imported. While nutritionists have not tested the countless claims of bottlers, many companies profess that this "Queen of Fruit" can cure everything from cancer to dysentery to bacterial infections. They base this on a few sporadic studies in the laboratory or on animals that have shown positive benefits of doses of xanthones and antioxidants, compounds found in various fruits.

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No major studies on humans have proven that drinking mangosteen juice on a daily basis would offer significant improvement in illness. Increasing one's daily dosage of antioxidants, even from supplements, has been proven to boost our absorption of vitamins and therefore strengthen immunity, however. The difference between doubling the intake of antioxidants and increasing it tenfold has the same results. Therefore, this juice has no significant advantage over a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, as yet.

As a folk remedy, mangosteen juice has been used for centuries in the fruit's native countries, like Thailand. It does appear to improve certain conditions, such as dehydration or diarrhea associated with dysentery, and as a topical poultice to keep cuts from getting infected. There's no proof to support it's widely advertised qualities as an anti-histamine, anti-aging ointment, antibiotic, anti-viral, or anti-inflammatory, however. It's unlikely that this juice offers cures, but it does make a sweet and tasty, if expensive, beverage.

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anon136345
Post 17

does anyone know drinking mangosteen juice helps eczema? and also applying on your skin?

anon98716
Post 16

I know people who take this juice every day and I don't see any change in their well-being. As a matter of fact, I gave it to my dad and I didn't see any remarkable difference. My brother's wife comes from China and she just laughed at us when we told her.

anon78463
Post 15

does it cure allergies?

anon72421
Post 14

What part of mangosteen can we eat, the white flesh and the purple flesh? I always eat the the white flesh. But I am willing to juice the purple flesh, is it possible?

anon61960
Post 12

i have a report to do at school about mangosteen. anyone know any facts or vitamins about mangosteen?

anon39198
Post 10

I have been to an ENT and they told me I have Uncontrolled Acid Reflux. I have been on four different medications and yet no good come of it. I have had a the feeling of a food stuck in my throat since mother's day and to this very day. I know of someone to whom sales this juice and wanted to know will it help cure and relieve the pressure in my throat, with this acid reflux?

elsewhen
Post 9

I have had fresh mangosteen and absolutely loved it. So, when I saw mangosteen juice, I tried it hoping that it would be at least something like actual mangosteens. It is sweet and nice to drink, but not nearly as magical as the real fruit.

I realize that post people drink mangosteen juice for medicinal purposes, not just as a nice drink; anyway it didn't come close to my expectations, but it was still good.

Don't even get me started on canned mangosteen - they put mangosteen in a heavy syrup in a similar way to how pears and peaches are canned. It's OK but not even worth the expense.

anon29263
Post 8

Does it help anxiety?

anon24269
Post 7

I find most health shops overprice a lot of juice products, like Mangosteen juice. It's such a scam.

I go to my local Asian grocery, and get the same juice for a lot less. Example... Mangosteen juice at GNC, $50 Gold card price. Mangosteen juice at Asian grocery, $8 Be smart shoppers.

anon23546
Post 6

My husband is a diabetic and has noticed a drop in

his blood sugars from using the Xango juice. It took about 2 weeks before he saw the drop but was pleased. His sugars dropped 20-30 points.

anon14703
Post 5

After reading your article, about those claiming cures with mangosteen, you can't possibly be referring to Xango brand mangosteen juice. We do not make claims of cures for anything this juice is consumed for. It is strict company policy not to make those claims. We do however rely on customer testimony, which the FDA does allow. And, by the way, it is illegal to leave false testimony. There has been much research done on the xantones in the product, from schools of pharmacology, pier reviewed and non-pier reviewed submissions. I always say, try it, I think you will like it.

anon13531
Post 4

Has anyone with diabetes ever tried mangosteen juice and if so, do they think that it has helped them?

anon8887
Post 3

Is mangosteen juice recommended for diabetics? If not what are the possibilities of having a sugar free juice?

anon4238
Post 2

How to produce mangosteen juice?

anon2178
Post 1

I have only been taking mangosteen juice (good price at Puritan Pride) for two weeks but definitely notice that the sinuses, which were impairing my hearing, are much better and my ears haven't plugged up since starting mangosteen juice. With the price I get, it is worth it. I also feel that at this older age, my muscles become less sore.

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