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#TECHNOTIPS: The "Queen of Fruits"
by Catheryn Villorente - Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 02:19 PM
 
mangosteen1Originating from Southeast Asia, the tropical fruit mangosteen is best known for its benefits in medicinal and pharmaceutical contexts. With its potent bioactive compounds, high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, mangosteen has been used to treat various health concerns such as tumors, diabetes, bacterial infections, and hypertension, among others.
Other than its unique sweet-sour taste and health potential, recent advances and applicability of the fruit have likewise emerged in other industries and scientific fields. In postharvest biology, mangosteen has been investigated in the aspects of phytohormone determination for increased shelf life, metabolite profiling, and bioactive compound identification. Similarly, studies on the fruit have also been found in food science reporting its usage in food and functional food products, animal feed supplementation, as well as prolonging food shelf life. Mangosteen, moreover, has several applications in engineering and material sciences. Its parts have been exploited and converted into valuable components of fabric and solar cells, carbon dots, activated carbons, and biomedical advanced materials. (ScienceDirect)
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