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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mangosteen Juice


I bought Peel Fresh mixed fruit mangosteen juice drinks for mom as I have heard a lot about the benefits of mangosteens as a good antioxidant but no research has been done on humans yet on its ability to inhibit cancer cell growths. The ingredients consist of juice concentrate of grapes, apple and mangosteen puree with rind and vitamin C contains permitted food conditioner and preservative. Mom drinks a glass everyday and 1 litre only costs us RM4.oo during offer at Tesco.

A friend of mine asked the chinese medicine practitioner that had cured his sinustis about mom's case and he recommended Xango mangosteen juice. A carton of 4 bottles was priced at RM465, a very steep price indeed to consume and 4 bottles can only lasts for 8 days and one must take for a minimum of 21 days to see or feel the effect and thereafter 2 tbspoonful daily for maintenance. I wonder if I should invest thousands of ringgit just on juice consumption alone.

I did a quick search on the internet and here are the findings.

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia that is touted for its antioxidants, especially xanthones, a type of chemical in certain plants. Its fruit, including the rind and pulp, can be pureed together and is sometimes sold as a drink. Mangosteen juice products may also be mixed with other types of juice. Its rind may be dried and made into a powder, and substances are also extracted from its bark. Mangosteen products are also available in capsule and tablet form. They are sold in health food stores, on the Internet, and through individual independent distributors. Despite the name, mangosteen is not related to the mango.

Although there is no reliable evidence that mangosteen juice, puree, or bark is effective as a treatment for cancer in humans, its fruit has been shown to be rich in anti-oxidants. Very early laboratory studies suggest it may have promise as a topical treatment for acne. Early small laboratory and animal studies suggest that further research should be done to determine whether it can help to prevent cancer in humans.

Like many other plants, mangosteen extracts have shown in laboratory tests that they can stop certain bacteria and fungi from growing. One laboratory study suggested that mangosteen extract inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria. It has not been tested on people to determine whether it can help acne. In the laboratory, it also slowed the growth of certain cancer cells. A small study in rats suggested that the rind of the mangosteen may reduce the risk of cancer cell growth in the bowel. However, the ability of mangosteen to inhibit cancer growth has not been tested in humans. (Source:
www.cancer.org)


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