10 July 2010

What is Mangosteen?

While on the server or our cafe, I had nothing to do but research some fruits that give extreme health benefits. And mangosteen was one of the topics that interest me most.

An ultra-tropical tree, the mangosteen must be grown in consistently warm conditions, as exposure to temperatures below 0°C (32°F) for prolonged periods will generally kill a mature plant. They are known to recover from brief cold spells rather well, often with damage only to young growth. Experienced horticulturists have grown this species outdoors, and brought them to fruit in extreme Southern Florida.

Mangosteen is a fruit grown in the Asian tropics that contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The fruit is edible, so a supplement is not needed to obtain its benefits. Many marketing claims have been made about the health benefits of mangosteen supplements, but no clinical trials have been conducted. So, until more research is done on the potential health benefits of mangosteen supplements, it would be wise (and more economical) to stick to obtaining these benefits from fruits and vegetables instead of a supplement.

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