The purple mangosteen, known in Bali as manggis, is enjoying its short but bountiful harvest season in April. Fruit that is also called Queen of Fruits, looks like garlic inside and has that indescribable taste that can be something in between strawberry, peach, and pineapple with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is divine and wonderfully delicate but you need to try it to know what we are talking about.
You can’t find it outside tropical areas and if you do it will cost a fortune. So enjoy manggis while the season lasts and while you can buy it for as little as 10 000 rupiahs per kilogram. Not only because it has that sweet-sour taste, but because it has many benefits as well. This exotic fruit, used in traditional medicine for centuries, contains some of the most potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds in nature. Here are some of them:
Lowers Blood Sugar
Mangosteen can be a helpful way to prevent and keep diabetes under control because it helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. It has been shown to act as an alpha-amy- lase inhibitor, which means that it inhibits enzymes that cause starches to break down into glucose. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that the fruit contains compounds that were found to be comparable to that of acarbose, a prescription drug used for type 2 diabetes symptoms.
Boosts Heart Health
The fact that mangosteen is high in xantho- nes, which are extremely powerful antiox- idants, may be helpful in reducing heart at- tack risk.
Mangosteen is packed with xanthones, which support many of vital functions of the body, including immune health. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, which helps scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals that can cause illness.
The high-fiber food, this fruit makes an excellent source for digestive health. Consum- ing fresh mangosteen fruit can help ward off constipation and all of the digestive distress that goes along with this common health concern.
Keeps skin healthy and beautiful
The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-allergy and anti-oxidant properties help in reducing the risk of various conditions such as skin inflammation, skin aging, allergies and bacterial infections.
Simply eating the fruit or mashing it up and slathering it on her face improved complexion immediately, making it look smoother.■