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Mangosteen, whose scientific name is Garcinia mangostana, is a little-known fruit native to Southeast Asia but also grown in other tropical parts of the world. Mangosteen is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, a combination that make it a great addition to the arsenal of anybody seeking to improve their health. Some of the most abundant nutrients in mangosteen include fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and D.

Mangosteen contains a class of naturally occurring polyphenol compounds known as Xanthones which are a key component found in the mangosteen pericarp, or rind. Xanthones are one of nature's most potent weapons in the war against pain and inflammation. These compounds have super-charged anti-inflammatory properties.

Mangosteen has two classes of Xanthones -alpha mangosteen and gamma mangosteen. The mangosteen fruit is said to contain at least 20 known Xanthones, majority of which are found in the fruit wall or pericarp of the fruit. Xanthones work to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Mangosteen's Xanthones possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that will boost the immune system which means your body can more easily fight off acne causing bacteria or fungus. The anti-inflammatory properties of mangosteen may help ease the discomfort of dry skin, eczema, psoriasis or skin irritation, and inflammation.