Over 150 xanthones have been discovered and of that number over 26 are found in the mangosteen fruit. These molecules are highly active and exceptionally rich in electrons. They have been studied for the past 30 years in various research facilities throughout the world. You can go on to www.pubmed.com and type in XANTHONES to access at least 158 research studies concerning these fascinating molecules.

In my mind the main reason why xanthones are so beneficial is because they contain an exceedingly high concentration of utilizable energy.

As we have indicated before, disease states are energy-poor states. Because the main cause of chronic degenerative disease is electron depletion, if we can provide sufficient electron energy the body will use this energy to heal itself. Moreover, the presence of xanthones acts as an energy shield over the cell membrane, protecting it from the devastating effect of free radicals.


Instead of pillaging the energy reservoirs found in the fatty acids that comprise our cell membranes, energy-sucking free radicals can feast on the rich source of electrons found in xanthones. Once stabilized, free radical pests are no nlonger a threat.

In essence, electron-rich xanthones provide energy-hungry, unstable, free radicals with the electron banquet they so desperately crave. In effect the xanthones provide a "defensive shield" that protects delicate cell membranes from harmful free radical attack. If free radical assault can either be stopped or appreciably lessened, then cells can repair their damaged membrane structures.

Xanthone-derived energy could also be a source of energy for cell membranes to use in the reconstruction process. So xanthones could not only take stress off cell membranes by defending them against free radical attack, but also provide welcome energy for cells to use to rebuild themselves. Given enough time for reconstruction, healthy membrane function can become a reality – and that means overall health can be improved.


The above conceptual model of molecular events provides us with a rational explanation for the improvement in general well-being that health professionals, myself included, are observing in patients as we continue to incorporate into our practices a patented nutritional beverage derived from the mangosteen fruit (see Doctors testimonials). The data we are compiling on the health-enhancing qualities of mangosteen supports the groundbreaking work of other dedicated scientists who have pioneered the study of this amazing fruit.

University of Maryland professor emeritus Dr. James Duke, who worked for the US Department of Agriculture for 35 years, is considered America’s foremost ethnobiologist. Now retired from the USDA, he compiled a vast database of thousands of plants from around the world, listing all the health benefits we could expect to derive from each plant. His chemical analysis of the mangosteen fruit led him to list over 138 potential benefits – far more than he listed for any other single plant substance.

Dr. Fred Templeman, MD, certified in family medicine in both the US and Canada, spent one and a half years studying the scientific literature concerning xanthones. He has written extensively on his findings. You can link to his site by going to www.mangosteenmd.com.