The Amazing Benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit

by Mike Vincent

A little known fruit from South East Asia may offer a natural remedy for a wide variety of diseases including arthritis, dyspepsia, asthma and eczema.  The Mangosteen fruit, once prized by Queen Victoria who offered a reward for anyone who could bring a fresh supply to England, is now sought after by health food enthusiasts, gourmet food buffs, and scientists alike.

The Mangosteen – the scientific name is Garcinia mangostana – is not related to the mango, despite the similar name. It grows only in a small number of countries such as Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand, Brazil and India, and attempts to cultivate it elsewhere in latitudes above 20 degrees have failed. Due to limited cultivation and a short shelf life, it is, pound for pound, one of the most expensive fruits in the world.

It’s great taste, which has been compared to a combination of vanilla, strawberry, peach, grapes and grapefruit, combined with its reputation as a healing fruit are behind its popularity among exotic fruit connoisseurs.  However, now