Mangosteen: all uses and properties

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Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen plant and its fruit is recognized by its purple skin and fleshy pulp

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Il mangosteen it is a tropical evergreen plant and its fruit can be recognized by its purple skin and fleshy pulp.

It is a low-calorie fruit: 100 grams of mangosteen contain 63 kilocalories, 2% fat and 0% cholesterol. Few proteins and many carbohydrates and fibers, especially useful for the intestinal tract. As for vitamins, mangosteen has a good amount of folic acid, essential for pregnant women.


Properties of mangosteen

Most of the benefits of mangosteen fruit come fromvery high quantity of xanthones, powerful anti-aging substances and effective inhibitors of inflammatory processes, so much so that it is considered a super antioxidant against free radicals

Mangosteen for the skin

Due to its amazing antioxidant properties, mangosteen extract prevents the formation of wrinkles, improves skin turgor and keeps the skin hydrated, is an effective remedy against acne and redness typical of sensitive skin.

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Mangosteen against pain

Mangosteen's own xanthones act as natural inhibitors of COX-2, the enzyme involved in inflammatory processes and capable of triggering numerous pain mediators. In practice, xanthones prevent the COX-2 enzyme from activating, thus blocking the inflammatory process.

Mangosteen against fever

Mangosteen has the characteristic of containing a series of antibacterial agents which, needless to say, also include xanthones. These agents help the body to fight any viral attacks and bacteria and prevents the occurrence of fever.

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Mangosteen for the nerves

The mangosteen would also have the property of acting as a anti-depressant. The mangosteen fruit, in fact, optimizes serotonin levels which, if low, are associated with states of depression and anxiety and cases of migraine. And not only! Apply the mangosteen in the form of ointments, lotions and creams and you will immediately notice a relaxation of the contracted muscles and improve the mobility of painful or blocked areas.

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Mangosteen for the intestine

Thanks to the considerable contribution of natural fibers, Vitamins e mineral salts, mangosteen is able to improve intestinal transit, protect the intestine and rebalance the bacterial flora. Furthermore, its antioxidants present in it help the lymphatic system to expel waste and toxins that are created in metabolic processes.

Finally, the mangosteen fruit also improves digestion because it avoids the formation of intestinal gas with the consequent abdominal swelling and its antioxidant agents increase the cellular capacity to absorb micronutrients from foods, allowing our body to benefit more from food.

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Generally speaking, the mangosteen has no side effects, but always consult your doctor before taking it, especially in cases of particular pathologies because it is still a anticoagulant efficacy and not to be combined with medicines that have the same effect.

Where and how mangosteen is found

It is mostly bought in herbal medicine or online in the form of capsules, juice, powder, ointments, lotions, flavored water and tea.

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