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Mangosteen Juice may Prevent Heart Disease, Diabetes In the Obese

by VR Sreeraman on  October 21, 2009 at 5:23 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
 Mangosteen Juice may Prevent Heart Disease, Diabetes In the Obese
Exotic 'superfruit' mangosteen has anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes in obese patients.
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The study, published in BioMed Central's open access Nutrition Journal, has described how the juice of mangosteen lowered levels of C-reactive protein.

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Dr. Jay Udani, M.D. from Medicus Research, California, worked with a team of researchers to carry out a randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial.

He said, "For people drinking over half a liter of mangosteen juice a day, the degree of reduction in CRP levels was statistically significant - a reduction of 1.33mg/L compared to an increase of 0.9mg/L in the placebo group".

Inflammation, as measured here by CRP, is a predictor of cardiovascular disease and a precursor of metabolic syndrome. Reducing inflammation in obese people is a treatment goal, and a natural treatment may be preferable to other treatments which may carry the risk of side effect.

According to Udani, "Further studies with a larger population are required to confirm and further define the benefits of this juice, which was safe at all dosages tested".

Source: ANI
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