Kokum fruit (Mangosteen) is one the healthiest fruits that is available in most parts of India. The scientific name of this fruit is Garcinia indica. It is known for its bright-red colour and sour taste.
The fresh fruit is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre. It is a very good source of B- complex vitamins like vitamin B1, B3 and folate. Kokum is rich in vitamin C, well known for its antioxidant properties. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium. Potassium helps control the heart rate and blood pressure and thus protects against heart disease and stroke.
The fruit can be used in so many different ways: in cooking, as juice, in medicine and in cosmetics, to name just a few of the known areas of benefit. Although a native of, yet commercially underexploited in India, Kokum or Mangosteen is far more appreciated in – the USA, or in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia where branded kokum products on such XanGo, Thai-Go, Mangosteen-Plus, or Mango-Xan have become household names, at least among circles interested in organic food and integrative health.
Health Benefits of Kokum or Mangosteen
1. Anti Cancer Agent
Kokum contains Garcinol, a constituent which has anti-carcinogenic properties. Garcinol inhibits growth of intestinal cancer cells without affecting the normal cells. It can prevent Skin, Liver, Colon, Breast, and Tongue cancer. It also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that decrease the tumor causing reactive oxygen species and prevent oxidative damage to body cells. They also help in cell renewal and repair.
2. Digestive Aid
Kokum is widely used to combat a myriad range of digestive problems like constipation, acidity and flatulence. It contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that acts as an appetite suppressant. Its anti-helmintic properties help in removal of worms like ascaris from the stomach.
3. Healing Wounds
Kokum has healing and soothing properties. So, it is used as direct application or as an infusion in skin ailments such as chaffing, scalds, burns and rashes caused by allergies. An application of Kokum oil and paste on open wounds can fasten the healing process.
4. Helps Reduce Weight
Kokum contains HCA that acts as a hypocholesterolaemic agent. It suppresses the activity of the enzymes responsible for conversion of calories into fat. It induces weight loss by hindering with the process of lipogenesis (fatty acid synthesis).
5. Body Coolant
Kokum juice is refreshing in nature. Consuming kokum juice prevents heat strokes and sun exposure-related symptoms in the body. It can also heal stomach ulcers. Hence, it is best to consume this drink during the summer season.
6. Cardio Tonic
The anti-inflammatory and cardiotonic properties of kokum help to prevent the onset of heart complaints. The hydroxycitric acid lowers the cholesterol level and reduces the possibilities of heart diseases.
7. Antioxidant Rich
Kokum is a rich source of vitamin C and other polyphenols that have good antioxidant properties. It helps to eliminate free radicals from the body that have negative effects on the system. Thus, it is also very good for detoxifying the body of any toxic components
8. Builds Immunity
Kokum enahnces your immune function by acting as a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Garcinol, an active constituent present in kokum is found to possess anti-carcinogenic properties that helps in suppressing the production of reactive oxygen species responsible for the cancer.
9. Perfect treatment for Hyper Acidity
During Hyper-Acidity or acidity, one may feel relaxed by taking a cold blend of Gracinia indica, a pinch of salt and little sugar.
10. Boosts Brain
Kokum is found to exert positive effects on the brain by helping in the neuronal growth process. It also prevents damage to the brain by nullifying the action of the free radicals.
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