Saturday, March 29, 2008

Medical Properties of Xanthones...What's That?

"Let Food Be Your Medicine" -- Hippocrates

Medical Properties of Xanthones:
Research on Xanthones is ongoing. There are many results people report about health benefits from xanthones that cannot be explained by the science yet. This is likely due to the fact that only about 15% of known xanthones have been studied to any degree.

Some of the known benefits of xanthones based on recent research are:
Anti-Fatigue - Helps boost energy.

Anti-Inflammatory - Helps prevent and reduce inflammation


Helps prevent cancer. According to a preliminary study, six xanthones have been found to be capable of killing cancer cells.

Helps lower blood pressure

Helps lower blood sugar. Many people with type II diabetes have reported that it helps them to regulate their blood sugar levels.

Helps prevent infections - Bacteria, Microbes, Viruses, Fungus.

Anti-Diarrhea - In folk medicine, the pericarp of the mangosteen (most potent source of xanthones) has been used for centuries to effectively treat dysentery.

Anti-Parkinson, Anti-Alzheimer. Helps prevent dementia.

Anti-allergenic - Helps with allergies
Eye Care - Helps prevents cataracts and glaucoma

Helps protect the heart and cardiovascular system

Anti-Obesity A recent study has confirmed that gamma mangostin, a xanthones derivative found in the mangosteen, is a potent COX (Cyclooxgenase) 2 inhibitor.

The COX 2 enzyme is a chemical in the body that causes inflammation. This enzyme is commonly found in people suffering from joint pain and arthritis. However, it is also being found with other diseases as well, that are not as obvious, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and Diabetes. In three separate studies, a xanthones derivative of the mangosteen slowed down the body's production of the COX 2 enzyme.

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