The Chinese, Malaysians and Filipinos have used the rinds of Mangosteen fruits for many years to treat diarrhea and dysentery. They use other parts of the plant to treat thrush, eczema and other skin conditions, irregular menstrual cycles and urinary problems.
In Western cultures Mangosteen juice has become a popular health drink due to its high antioxidant levels that protect the body from oxidative stress. According to the Dept. of Food Science at North Carolina State University, oxidative stress has been associated with chronic illnesses, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Mangosteen fruit contains antioxidants called Xanthones. Xanthones are adaptagenic, which means that they are especially good at helping your body deal with trauma, stress, and exhaustion.
Diabetes and Heart Disease
Scientific studies on Mangosteen juice indicate that it may help prevent diabetes and heart disease in obese people by reducing the inflammation that causes increased levels of CRP, C-reactive protein. CRP, a form of globulin, increases in the presence of acute inflammation.
In October 2009, Nutrition Journal published the results of a study by Dr. Jay Udani, at Medicus Research in California. According to Dr. Udani, "For people drinking over half a liter of Mangosteen juice a day, the degree of reduction in CRP levels was statistically significant."