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For centuries, those in Southeast Asia have revered the mangosteen, both for its flavor and the suggestion that it promotes good health.  The whole mangosteen fruit—especially the xanthone-packed pericarp or rind—has been used traditionally to treat a variety of health conditions, actually.  As early as 600 AD, scribes recorded the use of the mangosteen in the support and maintenance of good health.

Mangosteen: "The Queen of Fruits"

Legend has it that Queen Victoria offered knighthood to any subject who could bring her a mangosteen fruit in prime condition.  No one succeeded.  The virtual impossibility of preserving the fruit during the weeks-long journey prohibited anyone outside of the growing regions from doing so.  But, thanks to the Queen’s admirable quest, the fruit achieved the title, "Queen of Fruits," a name still used around the globe.

Discovering Mangosteen: Joe's Story

Joe Morton knew something out there would change the nutritional supplement landscape.  He had seen groundbreaking products before — aloe vera, cayenne, echinacea — and realized that the next revolution was just around the corner.  And, as he sat in an open-air café in Southeast Asia, Joe found what he’d been looking for.  Only it wasn’t quite what he expected.  The waiter delivered a fruit he had never seen before, the revered and celebrated mangosteen fruit.  The flavor knocked him off his feet.  His interest piqued, Joe asked questions.  Answers arrived in piles.  The mangosteen was a dual-powered wonder, a fusion of fantastic flavor and health-promoting benefits.  Joe immediately recognized the potential of the mangosteen fruit.  Fueled by the desire to share it with others, he dug deeper.  He enlisted the research skills of medical professionals and found stacks of supporting research.  And, with decades of research and studies, Joe knew that it was time for the world to learn about the Queen of Fruits, the mangosteen.

From Mangosteen to XANGO

XANGO (derived from the words XANthones and manGOsteen) is the first — the original mangosteen supplement — a true category creator.  Joe Morton's vision has been confirmed.  Existing mangosteen research has been validated with thousands upon thousands of individual accounts the world over.

Derived from the Greek word phyto (plant) and nutrient (a constituent of food necessary for normal physiological function), phytonutrients—also known as phytochemicals—are natural, bioactive compounds found in plant foods.  Fruits and vegetables rich in phytonutrients include the mangosteen, papaya, spinach and others.

Most phytonutrients overlap and complement one another, boasting complete benefits that include antioxidant effects and immune system support*.  In short, specific phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables work together with other nutrients to protect your health.

More than 900 different phytonutrients have been found in plant foods.  Many have been just recently isolated, while others remain undiscovered.  These protective plant compounds are an emerging area of health and nutrition.

The careful crafting of XANGO's all-natural, whole-fruit, mangosteen purée ensures that all of the impressive and healthful phytonutrients of the fruit enrich XANGO® Juice.  The strongest and most researched phytonutrients of the mangosteen are its xanthones.

Among the powerful phytonutrients found in the rind of the mangosteen, xanthones stand alone in their impressive benefits.  Scientific studies suggest xanthones may promote healthy bodily function.  The whole mangosteen fruit, packed with naturally occurring xanthones, may help:

  • maintain intestinal health*
  • support the immune system*
  • neutralize free radicals*
  • support cartilage and joint function*
  • promote a healthy seasonal respiratory system*

Xanthones in Mangosteen

Researchers have identified dozens of biologically active xanthones in the mangosteen fruit.  Today, researchers are just beginning to uncover the powerful scientific properties behind the mangosteen fruit.

What are Xanthones?

Xanthones are:

  • A unique class of biologically active compounds possessing numerous bioactive capabilities — such as antioxidant properties.
  • A restricted group of plant polyphenols, biosynthetically related to the flavonoids.
  • polyphenol – a group of plant chemical substances characterized by the presence of more than one phenolic group. Polyphenols are responsible for the color of some plants and are considered strong antioxidants with potential health benefits.
  • flavonoid – over 5,000 naturally occurring flavonoids have been characterized from various plants. The beneficial effects of plant-derived food are often attributed to flavonoid compounds, rather than known nutrients, as they show a wide range of biological effects.
  • Chemically speaking, planar-six carbon molecules in a conjugated ring system consisting of a backbone molecule and various chemical groups attached to it. The backbone consists of two benzene rings bridged through a carbonyl group and oxygen. Each ring is connected in a fused formation not allowing free rotation about the carbon-carbon bonds. This unique backbone along with type and position of the attached chemical groups define specific functionalities (properties) of xanthones.