The scientific name of seashore mangosteen is Garicinia hombroniana. It is native to Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. It has pinkish – red or orange – red color. Mostly, seashore mangosteen is cultivated for ornamental purposes and the fruit of it is used to make juices and jellies. The seashore mangosteen is naturally found near seashores and riverine areas, in coastal primary and secondary forests and salt tolerant and adapted to the sandy and rocky soils.
The flesh colors are white to creamy – white. It has acid – sweet and sour taste. In the Malay traditional medicine, the seashore mangosteen is used for the treatment of many different disorders, such as abdominal pain, purulence and gonorrhea. Also, in the folk meidicne, the seashore mangosteen is used to provide relief from the itchiness. The leaf extract has anti – malarial properties. The leaves and root decoction is used for skin allergies, diarrhea and trauma. You can consume the seashore mangosteen in raw form, because the pulp has pleasant taste.
The pulp of seashore mangosteen is used to make jams, jellies and juices. The dried rind is used as a sour relish in curries and culinary dishes. The fruit of seashore mangosteen is used to make preserves. The fruit of seashore mangosteen is green and when it is mature, it turns to pinkish – red. It has round shape with smooth skin and it grows up to 5 cm. Many people have never heard about the seashore mangosteen, so if you have not used in your diet, you need to consult with your doctor if it suitable for you. Here are some health benefits of seashore mangosteen:
Seashore mangosteen prevention of breast cancer
There are some studies in which are shown that the MEA bark extract of it can be effective against CCI4 – induced liver toxicity and cytotoxic activity against the DBTRG (human glioblastoma) and MCF – 7 (human breast cancer) cell lines. There are some studies in which are noticed that it has characteristic signals of phenolic compounds which can be associated with the cytotoxic and hepatoprotective activities.
There are some studies in which have been found that compound 11 is most effective against the Gram positive bacteria, which is followed by the Compound 7 and Compound 10. In many studies was said that it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. If you have some kind of bacterial infection or disease, then you can add it in your diet, but you need to talk with your doctor about the recommended dosage and if it is suitable for you.
Seashore mangosteen treat liver damage
We know that the liver is the largest organ inside the body. It is located on the right – hand side of the abdomen. It has many different roles and one of them is breaking down toxins. The liver has many different functions which makes it prone to various diseases. There are some studies in which it was seen for its health benefits on liver. It has bioactive compounds which have anti – HIV, antimicrobial and anti – inflammatory properties. Also, it can help to protect the liver and prevent the destruction of acetylcholine enzymes which can help in the brain function.
There was one study in which scientists observed the effects of seashore mangosteen extract in rats. It was noticed that the group who was given this extract, had lesser inflammation in the liver compared to the control group. Also, it was noticed that an increase in dosage is inversely correlated to the inflammation. It has been shown that the seashore mangosteen is effective against the liver toxicity that is caused by the carbon tetrachloride, as well as those caused by cancer.
Acts as antioxidant
There are some studies in which are shown that it is acting as antioxidant due to the Compound 10, Compound 12 and Compound 13. They can help in the fight against free radicals and also, they will reduce the ferric ions. The most important component in seashore mangosteen which shows best antioxidant activities is the Compound 10.