Mangosteen is a dark purple tropical fruit from Southeast Asia that has been used in traditional medicine to treat many chronic inflammatory disorders. This exotic fruit is rich in phytonutrients and has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including reducing risk factors for heart disease. Animal studies have shown that mangosteen extract can effectively reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol (24, 25, 2). Additionally, studies have suggested that the fruit has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
However, more research is needed to confirm these findings. In addition to its cardiovascular benefits, mangosteen can help control diabetes, aid in weight loss and regulate blood pressure. Its natural antibacterial properties and wide range of antioxidants make it beneficial for the skin as well. However, it is important to note that excessive consumption may interfere with blood thinners or medications for heart problems.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a doctor before consuming mangosteen, as safety regulations have not yet been determined. For those who want to get the health benefits of mangosteen but struggle to find fresh fruit, there are many mangostean-based products available, such as supplements and juices.