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Friday, December 24, 2010

Mangosteen - Wow!

We had the wonderful opportunity to experience the exquisite taste of mangosteen a few months ago. Up until then I had no idea that this fruit was grown on the island. One of the neighbours of the church where we minister gave my hubby one to taste after he found out that he had never tasted it before. He brought me some of it to taste and the explosion in my mouth is one of those things that you have to experience for yourself.  Suffice to say it was one of the most delicious fruits I have ever eaten.  When I mentioned my experience to some of the ladies were told that this fruit used to be extremely common in the Morne Prosper area in times past.

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As usual, research is my forte and so I went hunting to find out all the health benefits of mangosteen. This fruit definitely deserves super fruit status.  Here are my findings:

According to, Dr. Roland Phillips in his book Mangosteen - Super Nutrition for the 21st Century, lays out many health issues that they have successfully addressed using mangosteen.  Among them are:

• Acute acne vulgaris
• Allergies
• Angina
• Arthritis
• Asthma and wheezing
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Chronic fatigue
• Chronic pain
• Colicky baby
• Cracked heels and fungus
• Crying spells
• Depression
• Diabetes, Type II
• Diarrhea
• Feline panleukopenia
• Fibromyalgia
• Flu
• Glaucoma
• raves disease
• Gum sores
• Heart fibrillation
• Hepatitis C
• High blood pressure
• High cholesterol
• Hypothyroidism
• Increased healing, post surgery
• Infertility
• Insomnia
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Joint pain
• Macular degeneration
• Mood instability
• Muscle aches
• Pimples/cysts
• Pinched nerve
• Plantar warts
• Psoriasis
• Rashes
• Scorpion bites
• Sebaceous cyst
• Sinusitis
• Skin patches, rough skin
• Spider bites
• Tricatellamania
• Tumors

Other doctors have used mangosteen in the following cases as well:

• acid dyspepsia or gastritis
• allergic rhinitis
• diverticutitis
• dysthymia
• eczema
• gastro-esophageal reflux disease
• hiatal hernia
• mild to moderate anxiety states
• mild to moderate asthma
• neurodermatitis
• non-arthritis joint pain
• otitis externa
• recurrent urinary tract infection
• sleep disorders
• bacteria infections
• cancer
• cardiovascular disease and hypertension
• chronic pain syndrome
• cystic fibrosis
• degenerative disc disease
• fungal infections
• hemorrhoids
• lupus erythematosis
• migraine headache
• peripheral neuropathy
• post-menopausal mood disorder and PMS
• rheumatic or connective tissue diseases
• severe allergic reactions
• stomach and duodenal ulcers
• ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
• viral infections

What do you say? Doesn't mangosteen live up to its super fruit status?

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  1. Yes, it sure lives up to its super fruit status! We use NSP mangosteen juice during the winter months. Great post.

  2. Thanks Jo. I just wish we had more of it here.


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