Friday, January 15, 2010

Mangosteen Juice

Every now and then I have the opportunity to investigate new products on the market. With energy drinks in every store and super juices making their way to the shelves, our beverages can get a bit overwhelming. The makers of Xango, a competitive nutritional fruit juice company, have developed the recently popularized mangosteen juice.

The mangosteen fruit comes from Southeast Asia and has no relation to mangos. It is a small purple fruit about the size of an apple that has a white tart core. Chemical analysis suggests the fruit contains various xanthones and tannins which may have anti-cancer properties in addition to being an anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory compound. It is no wonder that mangosteen juice has been used medicinally for generations.

Although this post has been sponsored by Xango, it certainly sounds to be a healthy alternative to the growing energy drink brands that boast more caffeine and sugar than your mother is willing to give you. As with any medication, too much can be a bad thing. Recommendations suggest smaller doses to avoid sedative or abnormal clotting effects. I assume it is for this reason that Xango promotes mangosteen juice as a supplement. So if you ever get the chance or have already tasted this unique blend, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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