Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree that is native to areas like Indonesia and the Sunda Islands. It now grows in Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Colombia and can grow up to 82 feet. It features a sweet fruit with an inedible rind that turns reddish-purple when it’s ripe. The fruit, rind, twigs, bark, and fruit juice have been used in medicine. The fruit can be eaten raw, the rind can be made into an herbal tea, or you can purchase health drinks called “
Mangosteen Uses and Health Benefits
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Among mangosteen benefits, it’s believed to help treat diarrhea, urinary tract infections, osteoarthritis, and menstrual disorders. Mangosteen uses also include boosting the immune system and mental health. It can also be made into an ointment that’s used topically to treat skin rashes and eczema.1,2 Other mangosteen uses include for:
Mangosteen Side Effects and Precautions
Like with any herb, mangosteen should be taken with caution. Known mangosteen side effects include that it can slow blood clotting. Because of this, you should not take mangosteen if you have a blood disorder or before surgery. Do not take it with other medications that slow blood clotting, such as Warfarin. There has not been enough research on the effect of mangosteen on pregnant or breastfeeding women, so it’s best for these women to avoid it.2 Talk to your doctor about the condition you’re trying to treat along with any other medications or herbs you’re taking to help you decide if mangosteen is a good choice for you.