Amy & Brian Mangosteen with Passionfruit 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 Passionfruit 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 passionfruit 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!
Types of Passionfruit
The two types of passion fruit have clearly differing exterior appearances. The bright yellow variety of passion fruit, which is also known as the Golden Passion Fruit, can grow up to the size of a grapefruit, has a smooth, glossy, light and airy rind, and has been used as a rootstock for the Purple Passion Fruit in Australia. The dark purple passion fruit is smaller than a lemon, though it is less acidic than the yellow passion fruit, and has a richer aroma and flavor.
Nutritional Benefits of Passionfruit
Fresh passion fruit is high in beta carotene, potassium, and dietary fiber. Passion fruit juice is a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and good for people who have high blood pressure. Some research is showing that purple passion fruit peel may help with controlling asthma symptoms. The yellow variety is used for juice processing, while the purple variety is sold in fresh fruit markets. The fruit contains Lycopene in the mature and immature pericarp.
In the United States, Passionfruit is often used as an ingredient in juice mixes.