Animal studies show that mangosteen extract effectively reduces risk factors for heart disease, such as LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol (24, 25, 2). Studies have suggested that the fruit has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, there is not yet enough evidence to prove this conclusively. Mangosteen is a dark purple tropical fruit from Southeast Asia that appears in many dishes.
This exotic fruit is used in traditional medicine to treat many chronic inflammatory disorders. The benefits of mangosteen can be attributed to its rich phytonutrient content. It can help control diabetes, help you lose weight and regulate blood pressure. In addition, its natural antibacterial properties and wide range of antioxidants make it beneficial for the skin.
However, excessive consumption may interfere with blood thinners or medications for heart problems. Since safety regulations have not been determined, pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult a doctor before consuming mangosteen. There are many mangostean-based products, including supplements and juices, available to people who want to get the health benefits of mangosteen but struggle to find fresh fruit.