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Ask Tufts Experts January 2008 Issue

Q: Xango is a liquid fruit product made from mangosteen and other fruits. Are there any human studies indicating that mangosteen fruit, containing xanthones, is useful in human health?

Answer :  Known as the “queen of fruits,” the exotic mangosteen originates in Southeast Asia, where it’s used in traditional medicine to treat diarrhea, wounds and skin infections. Numerous companies have been promoting the health benefits of juices and supplements made from mangosteen as well as acai, aronia, camu camu, chasteberry, wolfberry and other exotic fruits. Mangosteen fruit is high in organic compounds called xanthones as well as alpha- and gamma-mangostins; various in vitro (“test tube”)…

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