1. Mad for mangosteen

    I went mad for mangosteens when I first visited Thailand years ago. These little, delicious and exotic, purple-skinned fruit have, a sweet white juicy pulp. They taste a bit like bubble gum, but better. Some people describe them as a cross between berries and citrus, with a hint of vanilla. 

    Recently, I discovered Xango Juice, a mangosteen beverage that uses the whole fruit, rind and all. It seems the rind is full of concentrated xanthones, plant flavaniods, and phytonutrients.  
    Preliminary research shows xanthones have a beneficial effect on C-reactive protein, which when elevated can indicate serious health conditions.
    However, certified nutritionist Cathy Wong warned “the excitement about mangosteen beverages may be premature.”  In an article in About.com, she added, “there are no clinical trials showing that oral mangosteen extracts have any benefit in humans. What happens in a test tube may not occur when mangosteen is taken orally.” 

    She goes on to say that “although the "super fruit" properties are often attributed to the xanthone content, some of the mangosteen’s medicinal properties may be attributed to compounds called tannins in the rind. Tannins have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties, and are used for such conditions as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and skin conditions. Tannins are ubiquitous in the plant world and are found in common, less expensive foods such as black tea, green tea, cranberries.”

    The makers of Xango say that the mango has a greater concentration of catechin flavaniods than green tee and claim the flavaniods in mangosteens help to neutralize free radicals, support cell integrity and promote intestinal health. They recommend   consuming three ounces daily.
    Mangosteens are a delicious healthful fruit full of anti-oxidants, flavanoids, and phytonutrients. Xango is a pleasant-tasting juice beverage that contains concentrated mangosteen juice, but also many other less-exotic and costly fruit juices. There’s nothing unhealthy in Xango, but it is a very expensive blended juice concentrate at $25 to $30 a bottle. Try it if it appeals to you, but continue to eat a variety of fresh anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of freshly-brewed green and white tea.