Sitting in an open-air café in Southeast Asia years ago, Joe Morton tasted his first xanthone-packed mangosteen. A triathlete who grew up in his mother’s health-food store, Joe knew the powerful benefits provided by natural botanicals. And because he’s so thoughtful, Joe figured others would enjoy the rewards of this delicious fruit too.
He enlisted the skills of science and medical professionals who discovered stacks of research on the health benefits of the mangosteen. Thus XANGO was born. Ever since then, we’ve been delivering wellness to the world.
For centuries, inhabitants of Southeast Asia have revered the mangosteen, both for its flavor and the suggestion that it promotes wellness.
The whole mangosteen fruit—especially the xanthone-packed pericarp or rind—has been used traditionally as an herbal preparation. In fact, as early as 600 AD, scribes recorded the use of the mangosteen in the support and maintenance of good health.
Legend has it that Queen Victoria offered knighthood to any subject who could bring her a mangosteen fruit in prime condition. Sadly, no one succeeded; the virtual impossibility of preserving the fruit during the weeks-long journey prohibited anyone outside of the growing regions from enjoying it.
But, thanks to the Queen’s lofty quest, mangosteen was dubbed the “Queen of Fruit,” a moniker it carries to this day.