What is mangosteen and how does one make a tea out of it? Mangosteen is a tropical fruit from Southeast Asia with sweet juicy white segments of flesh inside of a brownish-red rind. The flesh inside is similar to that of an orange but much sweeter. Even though this fruit has mango in its name, it should not be confused with the mango fruit. The scientific name for the mangosteen fruit is Garcinia Mangostana.
While the flesh is sweet and very delicious, the tea is actually made out of the rind. The mangosteen tea is best when it is being made from the fresh fruit. Dry the rind (either out in the sun or by a food dehydrator), puree it in a food processor and add to boiling water. Let it cool and enjoy.
However, if fresh mangosteen is not an option, the tea can be purchased online or in a whole food store. Bought this way, the tea can come in two forms, either powdered or in a tea bag. One good thing about the powder, it can be added to smoothies, protein shakes, and juices which makes for an easy on the go way to enjoy your “tea”.
There are several benefits of mangosteen tea which ranges from age-fighting capabilities to digestive health.
Mangosteen Tea Benefits
1. Packed with antioxidants that reduce radicals which aids in the aging process and aids in cardiovascular health.
2. Has Vitamin C which aids in fighting off of infections.
3. Enhances red blood cells which aid in fighting off diseases.
4. Full of minerals like magnesium and potassium which aid in regulating blood pressure and coronary heart disease.
5. Loaded with high fiber and complex Vitamin B which aid in weight management and digestive health.
As you can see, there are many benefits to drinking mangosteen tea. However, I do want to mention some side effects. The side effects are minimal and have mostly to do with drug interaction with other medications. Especially since this fruit has been shown to aid in cardiovascular health and blood pressure, always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding this to your daily diet. Another thing, take care when working with the fresh mangosteen fruit, the juice from the rind can stain whatever it comes into contact with and is very hard to remove.
The many, many benefits of drinking mangosteen tea are numerous and worth the effort of finding it. This fruit improves nearly every aspect of your overall health and energy, as well as the prevention of or at least helping your body’s ability to fight off some diseases, aging, and infections.