Fights Cancer and Heart Disease. Anti-Inflammatory
According to the American Cancer Society, in lab studies mangosteen has slowed down the growth of certain cancer cells. One study done on rats found that the rind of the fruit may reduce the risk of cancer cell growth. According to Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic, mangosteens are a strong source of anti-oxidants, and anti-oxidants have shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. Lab tests have shown that the mangosteen fruit can kill some bacteria and fungi. According to the American Cancer Society, these early lab studies and animal studies show that further research should be done to test whether the fruit can help prevent cancer in humans.
Mangosteen and mangosteen juice have been used for years in Asia to treat a variety of ailments. According to the American Cancer Society, folk healers in Asia make an ointment from mangosteen rind to treat eczema, injuries and infections. Other uses in Asia include boiling the bark or leaves to make a drink to deal with infections or menstrual problems. Mangosteen proponents tout it as being able to stop diarrhea and aid the immune system. One lab study has shown that mangosteen can stop the growth of bacteria that causes acne. It is important to note that no studies have been done on humans to test the effectiveness of the juice or fruit on people.