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Mangosteen: "The Queen Of Fruits"

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Legend has it, Queen Victoria offered knighthood to any subject who could bring her a mangosteen fruit in prime condition. Sadly, no one succeeded in delivering the mangosteen. According to the legend, the virtual impossibility of preserving the fruit during the weeks-long journey prohibited anyone outside of the growing regions from enjoying the sensational flavor of the mangosteen. Some have suggested that thanks to the Queen’s admirable quest the fruit achieved the heralded title, “Queen of Fruits,” a name still used today by mangosteen adorers around the globe.

Mangosteen is one of the most praised of tropical fruits, and certainly the most esteemed fruit in the family Guttiferae. Among Spanish-speaking people, it is called mangostan; to the French, it is mangostanier, mangoustanier, mangouste or mangostier; in Portuguese, it is mangostao, mangosta or mangusta; in Dutch, it is manggis or manggistan; in Vietnamese, mang cut; in Malaysia, it may be referred to in any of these languages or by the local terms—mesetor, semetah, or sementah; in the Philippines, it is mangis or mangostan. Throughout the Malay Archipelago, mangosteen goes by many different spellings and  names, most similar to those noted above.

Origin and Distribution
The place of origin of the mangosteen is believed to be the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas; still, there are wild trees in the forests of Kemaman, Malaya. Corner suggests the tree may have been first domesticated in Thailand, or Burma. It is much cultivated in Thailand, where there were 9,700 acres (4,000 ha) in 1965. It can also be found in Kampuchea, southern Vietnam and Burma as well as throughout Malaysia and Singapore.

Mangosteen Simplified
Natural Home Cures - Mangosteen Pulp pulp – n. soft and fleshy plant tissue like the inner part of a fruit or vegetable.
Natural Home Cures - Pericarp per·i·carp – n. the part of a fruit that surrounds the seed or seeds, including the skin or rind.
Natural Home Cures - Antixoidants an·ti·ox·i·dant – n. any substance that inhibits the destructive effects of oxidation.
The whole mangosteen fruit has been shown to contain powerful antioxidants—compounds that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides. Antioxidants are highly regarded for their ability to protect the body from the deteriorating effects of free radicals.
NHC - Free Radicals

Free Radicals - Omni-present in our food, air and environment they storm our bodies daily. Free radicals (compounds that seek an electron in order to become atomically balanced) attack our cells, stealing electrons from any substance they come in contact with. By removing electrons from healthy compounds, free radicals inflict damage on our bodies—often known as oxidation—which is irreversible.

Natural Home Cures - Xanthone Xan·thone – n. C13H8O2 a unique class of biologically active compounds possessing numerous bioactive capabilities (such as antioxidant properties). Xanthones—found in the whole mangosteen fruit—may help maintain intestinal health, strengthen the immune system, neutralize free radicals, help support cartilage and joint function as well as promote a healthy seasonal respiratory system.

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