Amy & Brian Mangosteen with Goji 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 Goji 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 have added goji juice.
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!
Goji Berry—A Modern Look at an Ancient Superfruit
Prized for their remarkable quantities of nutrients and antioxidants, goji berries have been important in traditional Chinese medicine for nearly 2,000 years. Westerners love the berries in juice, smoothies, trail mix, cookies, or simply as a snack.
Goji berry’s healthful history
An old Chinese tale told about a village where people never got sick. A bush with spreading vines grew beside the village well, dropping its berries into the water. Village elders determined the berries added healthful elements to the drinking water, keeping everyone healthy. Whether this was the first clue to the goji berry’s vast nutritional resources is unknown, but it’s certain that gojis are positively packed with nutrients and phytochemicals.
In traditional Chinese medicine, goji berries are believed to enhance a person’s longevity, build strength, and aid sexual potency. Research has yet to confirm any health claims with regard to goji berries, and some foreign sources of the berry show pesticide contamination, but the little fruit is generally considered a superfood, as it is a rich source of:
- Antioxidants to enhance functioning of the immune system, contribute to the wellness of the kidneys and liver, and help guard against free radicals associated with cancer and the aging process.
- Carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, which helps prevent cataracts and heart disease, plus zeaxanthin, a dietary carotenoid aiding eye function.
- Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E, all essential to a range of good body health from processing amino acids and fats, to converting carbohydrates to energy.
- 11 amino acids and 22 trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, and selenium.
- Polysaccharides to fortify the immune system, treat inflammation, and help reduce some forms of skin disease.