Mangosteen juice may lower inflammation

Oct. 19, 2009 at 8:12 PM

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Mangosteen juice has anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent heart disease and diabetes in obese patients, U.S. researchers said.

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit, not related to the mango, and is rare in the produce sections of grocery stores in North America and Europe, but available frozen or canned.

A study, published in Nutrition Journal, said the juice of the exotic "superfruit" lowered levels of C-reactive protein -- a biomarker for inflammation.

Dr. Jay Udani of Medicus Research in Northridge, Calif., worked with a team of researchers to carry out a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial.

"For people drinking over half a liter of mangosteen juice a day, the degree of reduction in C-reactive protein levels was statistically significant -- a reduction of 1.33mg/L compared to an increase of 0.9mg/L in the placebo group," Udani said in a statement. "Further studies with a larger population are required to confirm and further define the benefits of this juice, which was safe at all dosages tested."

The American Journal of Kidney Disease published a case study of a possible adverse effect from chronic consumption of mangosteen juice containing xanthones. A patient suffered severe acidosis -- low blood pH -- possibly attributable to a year of daily use to lose weight, the case study said.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories