Mangosteen also referred to as ‘The Queen of the Tropical Fruits’ is a purple coloured fruit with a delicious, juicy white centre. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many years due to its unique phytonutrients which have beneficial effects on the immune system and for skin health. A new study just published in the Journal of Medicinal Food now reports that mangosteen extract also has an anti-obesity effect by regulating energy metabolism and liver function.
This study found that mice fed a high-fat diet supplemented with mangosteen rind extract (a high percentage of mangosteen's special chemicals, mangostins and xanthones are found mainly in the rind of the fruit) had significantly lower levels of LDL-cholesterol ('bad' cholesterol), glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol and a higher HDL/LDL ratio compared to rats who were just fed a high-fat, non-supplemented diet.
Mangosteen-supplemented mice also gained significantly less body weight which seemed to be due to the activation of AMPK (activated protein kinase). AMPK acts as an intracellular energy sensor, thereby maintaining the energy balance within a cell and may play an important role in protecting the body from metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.
These results demonstrate that mangosteen’s full range of health benefits are still yet to be discovered. Its unique phytonutrients such as mangostins may not only support the immune system but as this study suggests may also protect the body from metabolic disorders which are a huge public health concern worldwide.
While this study was mice based and won’t necessarily give the same results in humans it is a strong indicator of the potential of mangosteen rind as a supplement to a healthy diet.
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