Mangosteen juice may help prevent heart disease, diabetes in the obese
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 00:00

Washington: Exotic ``superfruit`` mangosteen has anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes in obese patients.

The study, published in BioMed Central`s open access Nutrition Journal, has described how the juice of mangosteen lowered levels of C-reactive protein.

Dr. Jay Udani, M.D. from Medicus Research, California, worked with a team of researchers to carry out a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial.

He said, "For people drinking over half a liter of mangosteen juice a day, the degree of reduction in CRP levels was statistically significant – a reduction of 1.33mg/L compared to an increase of 0.9mg/L in the placebo group".

Inflammation, as measured here by CRP, is a predictor of cardiovascular disease and a precursor of metabolic syndrome. Reducing inflammation in obese people is a treatment goal, and a natural treatment may be preferable to other treatments which may carry the risk of side effect.

According to Udani, "Further studies with a larger population are required to confirm and further define the benefits of this juice, which was safe at all dosages tested".


First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 00:00

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