Xanthones' Kins: Mangosteen's Other Healing Agents

In addition to Xanthones, there are other natural compounds in the Mangosteen that also possess powerful healing properties.

Mangosteen has over 40 natural compounds called xanthones that were discovered in many scientific studies around the world to have potent healing properties.

These compounds have been the subject of much research beginning in the 1970s, to the 1980s and 1900s, and early 2000s to the present.

Alpha-mangostin and gamma-mangostin are two of the most-studied and much-admired of the xanthones found in Mangosteen. But there are others that provide Mangosteen its potent healing properties.

Garcinone E

Garcinone E had been studied for its cancer-fighting properties. Scientists in Taiwan tested Garcinone E against human cancer cell lines for primary liver cancer, stomach cancer and lung cancer. It was also compared to anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs Flouraurcil, Cisplatin, Vincristine, Methotrexate, Mitoxantrone and Taxol®.

In this study, Garcinone E was found to be more effective than all the drugs tested except Taxol®.


Polysaccharides are potent anti-cancer compounds that block a mutated cell's ability to stick to healthy cells, thus helping the body stop the spread of cancer.


There are also high levels of Catechins in Mangosteens. Catechins were shown to be five times more effective as antioxidants than vitamin C, one of the most potent antioxidants that are found in food.

It has been proven that Catechins help prevent the formation of cancer-causing compounds by blocking co-carcinogens, raising the body's natural detoxification defenses and directly suppressing cancer growth.


Mangosteen also contains Quinones, which were found to have significantly inhibited or stopped the growth of malignant cells from human colon carcinoma. Quinones are also known for their anti-bacterial properties.


Polyphenols are also found in Mangosteens. Polyphenols were shown to be more potent antioxidants than even vitamin E, considered one of the most powerful known antioxidants.


There are Stilbenes in Mangosteen. Stilbenes protect plants from fungi. But Stilbenes, even when ingested, maintain their anti-fungal properties. They are also strong antioxidants.

The presence of these compounds in the Mangosteen makes it a virtual medicine chest of natural healing componds found in nature.

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