Mangosteen: “A Fruit of God”
Mangosteen from the Latin name “Gracinia mangostana”, is tropical tree that cannot withstand in a very hot nor in a very cold conditions. Mangosteen tree, known as queen of all fruits is an erect tree that is slow growing and bears a dark reddish purple fruit and becomes deep reddish purple once ripe. The fruit has thick rind and white sectioned inner flesh that is juicy. Mangosteen is a dark purple fruit about 2 to 3 inches in diameter – the size of a small peach or apple. Mangosteen is known as Thailand’s national fruit.
According to Jarrett Wrisley, Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in South East Asia, in Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Today a lot of people are suffering from different diseases and still striving to find some remedies to cure. Some of them look for some kind of herbal medicine or fruit that can heal these diseases because they believe that a natural way of curing is more effective compared to medicines that is prescribed by a doctor. A lot of herbs and fruits appeared today that we believed is effective in curing different kind of diseases.
According to Herminia de Guzman-Ladion, R.N., A.R.P.T., P.T.R.P., here are some herbs and fruits that can heal some diseases:
- Avocado (Abukado) seed for toothache
- Melon Tree (Papaya) seeds for worm infestation
- Guava (Bayabas) leaves for swollen gums and mouth inflammation
- Life Plant (Kataka-taka) leaves poultice for sprained ankle or wrist
- Kamantigui flowers poultice for snake bites
- Kakawate (Madre de Cacao) leaves for skin itchiness or allergy, and dermatitis
- Mango (Mangga) gum resin or sap for scabies
- Garlic (Bawang) cloves for ringworm
- Marsh Mint (Herba Buena) leaves for rheumatism
- Five-leaved Chaste Tree (Lagundi) leaves for mumps
- Sugar Apple (Atis) unripe fruit and seeds for mosquito bites
- Melon Tree (Papaya) ripe for indigestion
- Balimbing leaves for chicken pox, and many more.
Aside from those experts who have studied and have tested about the effectivity of these herbs and fruits, I also knew a person here in Iloilo who is said to be a faith healer and expert in recommending some kind of herbs and fruits that can heal different kind of diseases.
Norma Tagnawa, born August 24, 1961, lives in barangay Dapdap, Tigbauan, Iloilo, an expert in faith healing. She is well-known to be as an effective faith healer. She is now at her 35th year in the said work. She started healing different kind of diseases when she was seventeen years old. At that very young age, she can already heal a person who is suffering from any kind of diseases. According to her, she healed her daughter that was suffering from a certain disease and her father-in-law who has a heart disease.
When her father-in-law was suffering from heart problem, she find some ways on how to cure that illness. She kept on praying and praying and asking help from God on how she could help her father-in-law. The prayers guided her, to find some kind of herb that is said to be good in heart ailment. She tried looked for it and experimented if it was effective or not. After that, she was surprised that her father-in-law was slowly recovering from his illness after he took that kind of medicine. She also wondered to herself if how did those things happened. After a week, a lot of people were visiting her after they knew that she can already heal. At first, she doubted her capacity to become a faith healer and denying to people that she was not that expert in healing those kind of diseases. But she found herself already helping those people who came to their house and who asked help from her to cure their disease. After how many weeks, she became popular in their barangay as a good and effective faith healer. According to her, praying is her way in healing people because prayers helped her to find some fruits and herbs that can cure a certain disease. As time passed by, she became popular as a faith healer and healed thousands of people. Because of that gift, she reached different places to heal different people like in Iloilo, Guimaras, Bacolod, Palawan, Manila, and places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Even some people who lives in other countries like Cyprus, Florida, Canada, California and Singapore. Her popularity in healing different diseases reached in different countries. She became popular in her field of endeavor.
According to her, there are a lot of herbs and fruits that can cure different kinds of diseases. But, she discovered a kind of fruit that is unlike any other, she called it a “super fruit” or the “queen of all fruits”. This is the “Fruit of God” called as mangosteen or “miagos”.
That was year 2000, when she tried to use mangosteen in healing kidney trouble. She used a mangosteen root to make a tea. After 13 years of using mangosteen as a medicine, she discovered that this is very useful because of its healing power to cure different kinds of illnesses. And she already proved that this kind of fruit can cure diseases like malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, diarrhea, and heart disease. Other health benefits of mangosteen can be found in the bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Here in Iloilo, mangosteen tree can be found in Igcocolo, Guimbal.
How to make a mangosteen tea?
Mangosteen tea is made from the roots, bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Any part of this can be stepped out in hot water overnight and can be drunk as a tea.
What are the mangosteen tea benefits?
Mangosteen tea can strengthen the body to prevent diseases and can also be used to treat diseases such as infection, reduce fevers, boost immune system, cure malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, and heart diseases.
Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit.
The information below is referenced by Dr. J.F. Templeman, M.D. and the ethnobotanical database of America’s foremost ethnobotanist, Dr. James Duke, who worked with The University of Maryland and the USDA.
- Anti-inflammatory – prevents inflammation
- Analgesic – prevents pain
- Anti-ulcer – prevents stomach, mouth and bowel ulcers
- Anxyolytic – anti-anxiety effect
- Anti-Alzheimerian – helps prevent dementia
- Anti-tumor and cancer prevention – multiple categories cited
- Immunomodulator – multiple categories cited
- Anti-viral – prevent/modulate viral infection
- Anti-biotic – prevents or modulates bacterial infections
- Anti-fungal – prevents or modulates fungal infection
- Anti-seborrheaic – prevents seborrhea, eg. dandruff, etc
- Anti-lipidemic – blood fat lowering
- Anti-atherosclerotic – prevents hardening of the arteries
- Cardioprotective – protects the heart
- Hypotensive – blood pressure lowering
- Hypoglycemic -anti-diabetic effect
- Anti-obesity – helps with weight loss
- Anti-arthritic – prevention of arthritis
- Anti-periodontic – prevents gum disease
- Anti-allergenic – prevents allergic reaction
- Anti-calculitic – prevents kidney stones
- Anti-pyretic – fever lowering
- Anti-neuralgic – reduces nerve pain, eg. diabetic neuropathy, etc.
- Anti-vertigo – prevents dizziness
- Anti-glaucomic – prevents glaucoma
- Anti-cataract – prevents cataracts
Here are some interesting facts about mangosteen:
- The French explorer Laurenties Garcin gave Mangosteen its name, Garncinia mangostana
- Is chock-full of anti-oxidants
- Are anti-inflammatory that also fights viruses, bacteria, tumors, old age, allergies, and lethargy
- Is Thailand’s National Fruit
- Is so highly acclaimed that many people around the world believe that it is the best tasting fruit
- It takes up to ten years of cultivation before a Mangosteen tree can bare fruit
- The mangosteen tree produces fruit twice a year
- Is the fruit of an evergreen tree
- Trees grow between 20 to 80 feet in some areas
- In addition to mangosteen being called the “Queen of all fruits,” it is also referred to as “The food of the gods”
- The exocarp or rind becomes deep reddish purple once ripe
- Mangosteen trees are “dioecius,” meaning that there are both male and female trees
- If you turn a Mangosteen upside-down and count its “petals,” it will give you the exact number of fruit segments or “slices you will have upon opening it
And here’s what Alex Royter, recently had to say about mangosteen fruit:
The rind is where most of the beneficial nutrients are found, and the white pulp is often enjoyed as a dessert in Southeast Asia.
The antioxidant levels found in mangosteen are through the roof, which are found in the mangosteen’s pericarp, or skin.
The xanthones in mangosteen can help slow signs of aging, combat degenerative diseases, and reduce mental and physical deterioration in the body. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals, the mangosteen fights inflammation, fatigue, and obesity. Research shows that the mangosteen can boost the immune system, elevate mood, reduce vertigo, promote healthy teeth and gums, and heal weakened joints.
While much research is still being conducted, some of the possible health benefits of mangosteen may include:
May be helpful in healing damaged cells, very high in antioxidants (high ORAC rating), may be effective in improving cardiovascular health, may help to slow signs of aging, may be useful in combatting degenerative diseases, may help to fight fungus and parasites, may be effective in neutralizing free radicals, may help to reduce mental and physical deterioration, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, may help to stimulate red blood cell growth, may be useful for increasing mental energy, focus, and attention span, studies have shown that it contains compounds that may have anti-inflammatory properties, helps to maintain proper intestinal health, may be useful in increasing longevity, may help to reduces fatigue, may be an effective immune system booster, used traditionally to help fight obesity, may help reduce allergy symptoms, may be useful in elevating mood, and may help to promote healthy teeth and gum.
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Wonders of Herbs”, Philippine Publishing House, Manila, Philippines