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Anti-Fungal Properties of Mangosteen

Medical Mycology is the study of fungi as human pathogens. Pathogens are something like fungi, viruses, and bacteria that can cause diseases. There are approximately 1.5 million fungi species in the world, but not all will effect humans and not all of these species are found everywhere in the world. Only about 400 of the fungi in the world are known to cause disease in animals, and fewer are specifically related to diseases humans can have. Fungi usually attacks the skin, but it can also be ingested and cause damage in the body.

Athlete’s Foot is fungi that causes the skin between the toes and under the toes to become split and painful. Toenail fungus can cause the nails to become stripped, as well as darker in tone. These are just two types of fungi that bother humans, but will not kill them. There are medications available on the market that work quickly to correct the problems. However, they are made from chemical products in a lab.

For centuries, there have been cultures that use natural remedies to solve illness, including fungal infections. Southeast Asia is known for its Mangosteen fruit and its health benefits. Mangosteen has helped reduce cancer cells, work as an antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. It is not surprising that Xanthones derived from the Mangosteen rind can also be used as an anti-fungal.

The Centre for Agrochemical Research at the SPIC Science Foundations in Madras, India conducted a study in 1997. It links natural Xanthones from Mangosteen fruit to a decrease in fungi activity. The researchers extracted several Xanthones from the hull of the fruit to test it against phytopathogenic fungi, Alternaria tenuis, Fusarium oxysporum vasinfectum, and Dreschlera oryzae. The results were conclusive. They showed the extracted, natural Xanthones were capable of inhibiting the fungi tested.

The study did not indicate whether the Xanthones had to be ingested or if they could be used topically like other anti-fungal medications. Since most fungi are usually healed with a topical compound, you may find grinding Mangosteen rind and making a paste would help you with certain fungi.

It is known that tablet, capsule, cream, and beverages made with Mangosteen include the Xanthones that are known to provide antifungal effects. A dose of 500mg, using capsule or tablet form is typical. A dose of 30mL of juice per day for one’s symptoms is acceptable. The only case reported regarding Mangosteen juice was that of a 58-year-old male, who drank the juice for 12 months, 30mL or more per day. He developed lactic acidosis. This suggests that you want to use the juice as a treatment, while the fungi infection is present and stop your treatment.

It also suggests that too much of a good thing can have adverse effects. It is important to speak with a physician before self-treating your illnesses. If you are cleared to drink the juice as a supplement or health aid for certain conditions for the advice of your physician. As an antifungal cure, you can enjoy a tasty juice, with other health benefits.

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