One such food source is Mangosteen, dubbed the " superfruit" and " Queen of All Fruits" because of its four notable qualities:
It has appealing taste, fragrance and visual qualities
It is very rich in phytonutrients called xanthones
It has tremendous antioxidant properties
Mangosteen has been used for centuries by Asian health practitioners for its tremendous nutritional benefits and delicious flavor.
Experiences with Mangosteen
Succesful experiences with Mangosteen are creating a surge in the use of the fruit's extract by both conventional and naturopathic doctors to treat their patients.
Many have reported successfully treating their patients using Mangosteen instead of prescription or over-the-counter drugs prescribed by health practitioners.
Here are some of the health issues they've successfully addressed, and some of the more common prescription and over-the-counter drugs that Mangosteen equals or outperforms without the harmful and sometimes fatal side effects.
In a published article(1), Dr. J. Frederic Templeman wrote that he uses the Mangosteen extract as " first-line therapy" in the following conditions:
acid dyspepsia or gastritis
gastro-esophageal reflux disease
irritable bowel disease
mild depression or dysthymia
mild to moderate anxiety states
mild to moderate asthma
non-arthritis muscle or joint pain
recurrent urinary tract infection
He also uses the Mangosteen extract as "adjunctive therapy" in the following conditions:(1)
cardiovascular disease and hypertension
chronic pain syndrome
degenerative disc disease
moderate to severe depression
post-menopausal mood disorder and PMS
rheumatic or connective tissue diseases
severe allergic reactions
stomach and duodenal ulcers
ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
Mangosteen "Equals or Outperforms" Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Dr. Templeman also wrote that, in his opinion, the Mangosteen extract "equals or outperforms" prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as:
Alzheimer's preparations such as Aricept and Cognex
anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro when used for dysthymia or anxiety
ntihistamines such as Allegra, Xyrtec and Claritin
anti-inflammatories such as Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra, Naproxen, Arthrotec and Ibuprofen
H2 blockers such as Zantac and Pepcid
lipid-lowering agents such as Lipitor, Zocor and Pravacol
migraine preparations such as Midrin, Fiorcicet, Imitrex, Amerge, Maxalt and Zomig
narcotics such as Vicodin, Percocet and Duragesic patches
Nexium, Prevacid and Aziphex
non-opiod pain preparations such as Ultram and Talwin
tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax
"...Because of my healing experience, I started researching the Mangosteen fruit... and started sharing it with my patients as a complement to traditional medications. Many patients have been able to taper their medications while on the Mangosteen.
"More and more medical doctors are opening their minds to complementing with natural, alternative solutions. More patients are becoming educated about natural alternatives and approach us with questions and suggestions.
"I personally think Mangosteen is a superior natural product because it has been researched for the last 20 years, and even more so in the last five years, and the findings are amazing."(2)
- Armando de Guzman, M.D.
More Clinical Experience
Dr. Roland Phillips, in his book "Mangosteen: Super Nutrition for the 21st Century"(3), discussed his medical group's experience in helping patients with a Mangosteen preparation and provided the following short list of health issues they've successfully addressed:
Acute acne vulgaris
Asthma and wheezing
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cracked heels and fungus
Diabetes, Type II
High blood pressure
Increased healing, post surgery
Irritable bowel syndrome
Skin patches, rough skin
Mangosteen contain, for example some juice and Vemma.
1) J. Frederic Templeman, M.D., "Medical Doctor: 'I use mangosteen as a first-line therapy for many conditions...'"; Health Journal, Vol. 44, Number 2, 2004; pp. 1-2;
(2) Armando de Guzman, M.D., "Mangosteen offers pain relief to medical doctor...'";Health Journal, Vol. 44, Number 2, 2004; p. 2; (3) Roland F. Phillips, Jr., B.A., B.S., D.C., "Mangosteen: Super Nutrition for the 21st Century",