The Mangosteen fruit, which is known as Mangustan in Hindi, is titled as the "queen of tropical fruits" by American botanist and plant explorer David Fairchild. He is the founder of Purple Mangosteen, about which he mentioned in his book published in 1903 - Exploring for Plants.
Originating in Indonesia, this tropical fruit looks beautiful. Its peel is dark purple in colour and on peeling, it appears like orange. It has softly fragmented edible white flesh with a sweet and sour taste and also contains some bitter seeds.
If the fruit is not consumed immediately, its outer covering tends to grow harder due to lack of water. One would then need a knife to cut the fruit open. This fruit is cultivated in humid regions which receive ample rainfall. In India, it is cultivated in Kerela, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
This delicious fruit is packed with numerous nutrients and has many health benefits. Here are some of the advantages of eating this tropical fruit:
Prevents Alzheimer's disease
One of the best benefits provided by this fruit is its ability to treat Alzheimer's disease, which affects approximately 5.4 million Americans. This disorder is associated with memory loss.
Mangosteen helps in deducting premenstrual symptoms such as: hypertension, mood swings and dizziness. People in Malaysia use its root to regulate the menstrual cycle.
The presence of Folate in this fruit is said to be good for pregnant women as it helps in protecting the baby from brain and spinal birth defects. But it is recommended to consult a physician before consumption in order to have it in the right quantities.
Protects from Tuberculosis
The presence of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities in this fruit helps in boosting immunity of the body. It fights dangerous bacteria which are responsible for triggering TB.
Boosts blood flow
This fruit helps in managing blood flow through the body, which helps in combating health issues like cholesterol, severe chest pains, heart congestion and atherosclerosis. The presence of iron also helps in curbing anaemia.
Cures acne and other skin problems
The presence of anti-microbial compounds in this fruit helps in curing skin related issues like acne and skin blemishes. It also helps in managing oily as well as dry skin types.
The fruit is rich in antioxidants and also has anti-inflammatory qualities. These aid in healing cells damaged by free radicals, keeps mental and physical ailments at bay and also lowers the process of ageing.
Is a rich source of vitamin C:
Mangosteen is a rich source of vitamin C which keeps flu, cough and cold away. This vitamin also helps in safeguarding the baby from neural or spinal defects.
Low on calories
This fruit is recommended for calorie conscious people, it contains only 63 calories per 100 grams, which is beneficial for people trying not to put on weight.