Mangosteen For Flawless Skin (No More Acne)
To be considered beautiful, a clear skin is a pre-requisite. Sadly, not everyone is born with flawlessly radiant skin. Bumps, scales, rashes, and the like, can be an ugly sight to ruin your self-image. Battling with skin problems can get frustrating and be a source of insecurity for most people. Genetics, environment, habits and diet all play a role.A flawless complexion is a reflection of a healthy body. The toxins circulating in your blood could leave you with a dull complexion and a range of diseases. So how do you start your journey to a clearer skin?
Let Mangosteen Put You A Step Closer To Your Goal
Mangosteen is a tropical fruit found mostly in Southeast Asia. It is round in shape, with purple covering when ripe, sweet white pulp, and seeds within the pulp. The medicinal properties are found richly in the pericarp or rind, with lower concentrations in the pulp. The fruits are harvested only twice a year.
For maximum health benefits the mangosteen's pericarp part is grounded and packaged into a pill form. There is also a juice form that utilizes both the pericarp and the rest of the fruit, but it is mixed with other fruits to improve the taste, and comes out more expensive than the solid form.
Since ages ago, the fruit’s pericarp has been used as a tincture for treating skin disorders. Rind decoctions have been applied externally as an astringent. Lately, its antimicrobial actions have been found to be effective against the progression of acne. Its activity against methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus is worth mentioning.
Mangosteen has anti-inflammatory effects derived from its xanthone extracts called garcinol and mangostin. Xanthones are phytonutrients know to exhibit strong anti-oxidant effects. They are highly concentrated on the pericarp. Garcinol and mangostin are found to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting cyclo-oxygenase enzymes and carcinogens (cancer- causing substances). Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties were also observed from the Xanthones.The anti-oxidant effects from mangosteen prove to be beneficial in keeping the skin healthy.
Mangosteen Juice vs. CapsuleThere are 2 preparations of mangosteen; the juice form and the solid or capsule form. The juice form uses the whole fruit and has pleasant taste. Other fruit juices are added, to improve the taste. The capsule form utilizes the pericarp of mangosteen, which contains the highest concentration of xanthones.
To extend its shelf life, the juice form uses preservatives including sodium benzoate, which is converted to benzene. Benzene has been linked to diseases such as leukemia. Futhermore, the juice form undergoes the process of pasteurization, destroying the inherent medicinal benefits that you are after.
The capsule form contains 100% mangosteen, has no preservatives, and cheaper than the juice form. It doesn’t go through processes that increases production cost and destroy the health benefits of mangosteen.
Some Skin Disorders Effectively Treated With Mangosteen
More and more skin disorders are being discovered to be responsive to mangosteen treatments. The list is endless, but here are some of the more popular uses of the fruit extract and how mangosteen addresses their respective problems:
AcneTeenagers are the most commonly affected population of this skin disorder. It is caused by the blockage of pores and overproduction of sebum. It manifests with bumpy skin lesions also known as zits. It becomes reddish, enlarged, and may contain pus when inflamed.
Several factors are linked to acne:
Diet has been implicated, yet no adequate studies prove its relationship with acne.Treatments for acne are available, ranging from topical creams to oral antibiotics and retinoids, to intralesional steroid injection. The increasing resistance of microorganisms against antibiotics poses a challenge for effective management of acne. Retinoids, on the other hand, cause defects in the fetus when taken by a pregnant woman. These drawbacks make more people turn to natural ways of healing.
Mangosteen has been found to have anti-bacterial properties against acne-causing P. acnes and S. epidermides. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes the irritation and prevents further growth of the pimple.
The strong anti-oxidants in xanthones are your army against environmental stressors and toxic build-up in the body that can aggravate acne. Stress, whether physical or mental, invites free radicals in the body. By taking anti-oxidants, the free radicals are prevented from causing havoc to the skin.
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