Amy & Brian Mangosteen with Pomegranate Juice - 8.45 oz (250 mL)
Amy & Brian Mangosteen is a great tasting, functional beverage made from whole mangosteen. This unique Asian fruit in Amy & Brian's Mangosteen with Pomegranate Juice is nature's most highly concentrated source of xanthones and is naturally high in anti-oxidants. Mangosteens, known throughout Asia as the "Queen of Fruits," have a thick purple outside skin and a white sweet inside. Amy & Brian Mangosteen is made by combining the power of the anti-oxidant rich skin and the sweetness of the fruit. For additional flavor and benefits, Amy & Brian's have added pomegranate.
An ounce a day keeps the free radicals away
Just a few years ago, few Westerners had ever heard of a mangosteen, though the round, palm-sized fruit, with its dark-purple rind and delicate white flesh, has been savored in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia for thousands of years. Recently, however, the exotic Southeast Asian fruit has exploded in popularity, thanks in no small part to its hefty concentration of anti-aging antioxidants.
An exotic source of antioxidants
The flesh of the mangosteen has a delicate sweet-tart flavor. In Southeast Asia, it's usually eaten fresh as a delectable dessert. However, what has propelled the fruit to fame is its deep purple rind, which is packed with antioxidants called xanthones.
Antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals, highly reactive compounds that interfere with cells' ability to function normally, and may lead to more than 60 different health conditions, including the aging process, cancer, and hardening of the arteries.
If you're looking for fresh mangosteen in the continental United States, you're out of luck. Due to concerns about foreign insects hitching a ride in the fruit, it's illegal to import mangosteen. However, you can still reap the benefits of the tasty fruit and its antioxidant-rich rind by drinking the juice. These days, you have your choice among many brands. Choose juices that blend the rind with the fruit to get the highest antioxidant content.
How much is enough?
USDA research chemist Dr. Ronald Prior, with the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, recommends getting at least 10,000 ORAC units-the ability of an antioxidant to subdue oxygen free radicals in a test tube-a day. That's the amount you need to counteract the free radicals that your body creates when it metabolizes energy.
Prior explains, "After a meal, you see a decline in plasma antioxidant capacity. So we've taken those numbers and are relating the need for antioxidants based on the amount of energy consumed."
Popular mangosteen juices contain anywhere from 1,600 to 2,500 ORAC units per ounce of juice. Just remember, no supplement, even an antioxidant-rich fruit juice, is a substitute for a healthy diet. So boost your antioxidant intake with mangosteen juice, but keep eating those fruits and veggies too!
Give Old Favorites a New Twist with Pomegranate
A symbol of fertility and rebirth, the rich ruby pomegranate has been featured in art, literature, and mythology for centuries. But that's ancient history. Today the versatility of the flavorful fruit is inspiring chefs-from the family kitchen to four-star restaurants.
Dress up any dish
Each pomegranate contains hundreds of tiny seeds encased in juice-rich ruby pulp. Devin Alexander, a chef and author of The Most Decadent Diet Ever (Broadway Books, 2008), suggests adding seeds to a salad and using the juice to make salad dressing. "The seeds are also great to add natural sweetness to black rice and whole grain pilaf dishes," she notes.
The pomegranate's sweet-tart taste, ruby color, and many little seeds can add flavor and crunch to a wide variety of dishes. Sprinkle seeds into soup or add to baked goods. For a fresh twist to an old standby, add a tablespoon of the juice and three tablespoons of seeds to guacamole. Or try Alexander's favorite use of the fruit, a variation on the traditional Purple Cow ice cream soda. "I love making Pomegranate Cows. I use pomegranate juice and vanilla frozen yogurt instead of grape juice and ice cream for a much healthier treat."
Why pick pomegranate?
You'd be hard pressed to find a healthier treat than the pomegranate. It's filled with nutrients and loaded with antioxidants. Research indicates that it can help lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, prevent the cartilage damage that leads to osteoarthritis, slow progression of prostate cancer, and protect the arteries from plaque buildup. So isn't it time to try this superfood?