Xanthones are naturally-occurring compounds with a distinct chemical structure, known as tricyclic aromatic system, with known antibacterial properties.

From: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, 2018

Xanthones: The Miracle Nutrient in Mangosteen

            Mrs. Parichart Sriwiwat, Former Deputy Director-General of Agricultural Promotion Department, mentioned that, recently, there are the researches on xanthones which can be found in mangosteen rind, seed and endocarp. The scientific research suggests that xanthones are very useful in terms of medicine, industry, cosmetics, and they can also be used for food preparation to increase nutritional and herbal value.

            Medical research suggests that xanthones in mangosteen have various pharmacological properties as follows:


  – Xanthones are an antioxidant which has three-time better antibacterial, antifungal anti-inflammatory properties than aspirin. It can reduce inflammation in diabetic wounds and inflammatory infection, help with wound healing and pore tightening, reduce the risks of hyperlipidemia, relieve allergy, inhibit enzyme of HIV which causes AIDS, be antigenotoxic agents which prevent cancer, prevent coagulation which causes hypertension, heart disease, paralysis, paresis and stroke, protect cardiac muscle, reduce cardiomegaly problem, reduce edema and pain from edema, reduce the risks of cellulite and fat accumulation in blood vessels, prevent and heal diarrhea, chronic diarrhea and bleeding per rectum, prevent tremor caused by Parkinson’s disease, reduce inflammatory and allergic skin, depress central nervous system and increase blood pressure, as well as boosting immune system in the body.

 Extract from the article “Miracle Xanthones in Mangosteen”, Technological Transfer Development Office, Department of Agricultural Promotion (No. 26/2554)