The goodness of “Mangosteen”


Did you ever know that this mouth watering, purple color fruit is a package of health benefits?

Yes, it is a very healthy fruit to consume for all the people without mattering the age.

This tasty “Mangosteen”, scientifically known as “Garcinia mangostana”.

It is an evergreen tropical tree which originated in the Moluccas of Indonesia and Sunda Islands, and is the native of South East Asia and is also known to be found in South American regions, in India and such other few places.

People call it as the “queen” of tropical fruits as it is the highest medicinal property from all.

Talking the best about it, starting from its fruit, bark, rinds of the fruit, twig and the fruit juice are used as medicines.

It is a super healthy fruit that contains minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin B1, C, niacin, calcium, fiber, protein, and many other nutrients.

Some studies have mentioned that the Mangosteen fruit and rind has xanthenes which are known as potent antioxidants. This super fruit has compounds such as catechins as well polyphenols. These compounds have antibacterial properties and hence, it is used as a traditional medicine in several countries. All these essential nutrients promote growth, development and overall health.

So to know more about its various health benefits on the human body, follow the below tips to have an idea.

15 health benefits of Mangosteen

It helps to lose weight

Mangosteen is a nutrient-rich food that contains a healthy dose of fiber as well. It has fewer calories, zero fats, and no cholesterol. Consuming it regularly can help in curbing your appetite and boosting your metabolism rate of your body which can further promote weight loss.

It helps to prevent cancer

Mangosteen is considered one of the amazing tropical fruit that has polysaccharides which possess anti-cancer and antibacterial compounds. Also, the polysaccharides in mangosteen are high in antioxidants that help combat the free radical damage, thus preventing cancer.

It enhances blood circulation

Mangosteen fruit has potent medicinal properties that show a positive impact in treating anemia and heart conditions. Consuming this fruit helps in stimulating the production of the RBC which can further prevent conditions such as anemia. It even helps in boosting the blood circulation inside the body, thus preventing chest pain, heart problems etc.

It reduces inflammation

Mangosteen is considered to have potent anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing inflammation which could occur due to several reasons. Also, the anti-allergic compounds in it can help lower the impact of histamine as well as prostaglandin which could be a reason behind inflammation.

It’s good for oral health

Mangosteen helps in promoting the oral health. It is considered to be effective in treating gum diseases. Few studies have even mentioned that mangosteen juice helps in improving your gum health. Apply mangosteen juice on your teeth and gums to keep oral infections and gum diseases at bay.

It reduces signs of aging

Mangosteen is considered to have potent antioxidants known as xanthones, particularly in the varieties such as gamma mangosteen and alpha mangosteen. These antioxidants help in slowing down the skin aging and helps reduce conditions caused due to skin aging. Also, this super fruit helps in healing cells that are damaged and helps revitalize your skin.

It lowers blood pressure

Mangosteen has a great dose of minerals and vitamins such as manganese, mangosteen, copper, potassium etc. which are helpful in reducing the levels of the blood pressure in the body, thus preventing strokes and heart diseases.

It’s good for your eyes

Mangosteen helps in enhancing the blood circulation to every part of the body, including the eyes. It helps improve your vision and the presence of vitamin C in it helps prevent eye disorders such as cataracts. Consume it regularly to reap all its benefits.

It prevents Alzheimer’s

Mangosteen fruit has good doses of all the essential nutrients good for your health. Consuming this fruit regularly is beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s. According to a study, people who consumed mangosteen regularly had lesser risks of developing Alzheimer’s.

It treats stomach problems

Mangosteen has several health benefits in treating stomach problems. The roots, leaves, and the bark of the plant are found to be amazingly effective in treating stomach problems including dysentery. You can include this nutrient-rich fruit in your diet to keep stomach ailments at bay.

It treats skin diseases

Mangosteen is considered effective in treating skin diseases such as eczema, acne etc. It is due to the potent antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds present in mangosteen that help in treating skin issues such as dry skin, acne etc.

It helps curb diabetes

Mangosteen has potent antioxidants that are essential in keeping diabetes at bay. The antioxidants in the mangosteen help in regulating the sugar levels in the blood by controlling the glucose metabolism. They also help in enhancing the productivity of the insulin of the pancreas as well.

It helps boost immunity

Mangosteen has high doses of vitamin C which is essential for boosting your immune system and keeping illnesses and infections at bay. Also, it contains antibacterial properties that help in treating tuberculosis as well.

It lowers cholesterol

Mangosteen is found to be effective in lowering the bad cholesterols in the body. Few studies have mentioned that consuming mangosteen helped in lowering the LDL cholesterols as well as triglycerides in the body.

It’s good for pregnancy

Mangosteen has amazing properties that are considered good for the pregnant women. Also, the minerals and folate in mangosteen help prevent birth defects. Also, a good dose of manganese in it helps in preventing cellular damage in the infant and the mom as well.

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The 7 Best Colombo Restaurants 2016

Although most people visit Sri Lanka for the lovely weather, the beaches, the people and culture, and so on so forth, the truth is that quite a huge number of visitors come to sample the local cuisine. Sri Lankan delicacies are popular world over. Colombo, the country’s capital city is home to some of the best restaurants and here is a list of 7 restaurants that you should consider visiting;

The Gallery Café

  1. The Gallery Café; this magic of this restaurant lies in a blend of great cuisines, and a breathtaking architectural design.  It has been operating since 1998 and boasts of a spacious dining room, worldclass recipes and cuisines, not to mention the art gallery where visitors can while the time away.
  2. Zaza; this is another magical restaurant in the heart of Colombo; it has a glass chamber that looks very romantic and lively at night. It has a café, a bar, and a restaurant all under one roof; here you’ll get a chance to taste first class quality Ceylon Tea, fused with some modern flavors and twists. This is the perfect place to spend an evening with a loved one, or take someone for a night date.
  3. Nihonbashi; this restaurant has been voted the 38th best joint in Asia, and its interior décor is just out of this world. The chief chef here is a Japanese- Sri Lankan national, which means that the recipes here have borrowed from both countries. Every meal is prepared with perfection and precision, you’ll also get your favorite Sushi and sashimi.
  4. Beach Wadiya; another popular restaurant, here you will get the best sea foods, cooked by world class chefs; the British Royal Family has had several of its members eat here.
  5. Chutneys; here, you’ll get to taste coconut rice, chapattis, gulab jamun, and many other Indian foods.
  6. The Cricket Club café; this restaurant is built in what was a former colonial village by an Australian couple. Visitors who love cricket and its history in Sri Lanka ought to come here.
  7. Chesa Swiss; this world class restaurant is popular with expatriates and boasts of a very tranquil atmosphere.  You’ll also get Swiss dishes being served here.


These are just some of the popular restaurants in Colombo; there are many more and each offers a unique dining and wining experience.

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