Natural Home Cures Mangosteen's Xanthones - A Scientific Look

Xanthones(1) are a unique class of biologically active compounds possessing numerous bioactive capabilities, such as their antioxidant properties. They are a group of plant polyphenols, biosynthetically related to flavonoids.

Polyphenol: A group of plant chemical substances characterized by more than one phenolic group(2). Polyphenols are responsible for the color of some plants and are considered potent antioxidants with potential health benefits(3).

Flavonoids: Over 5,000 naturally occurring flavonoids have been characterized by various plants(4). The beneficial effects of plant-derived food are often attributed to flavonoid compounds rather than the other nutrients in the food, as flavonoids show a wide range of biological effects(5).

Chemically speaking, a molecule of xanthones comprises six carbon atoms in a conjugated ring system consisting of a backbone molecule and various chemical groups attached to it.

The backbone consists of two benzene rings bridged through a carbonyl group and oxygen. Each ring is connected in a fused formation, thus, not allowing free rotation about the carbon-carbon bonds.

This unique backbone and the attached chemical groups' type and position define xanthones' specific functionalities (properties).

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     Source References
(1) Wikipedia: Xanthones
(2) Wikipedia: Polyphenol
(3) Wikihow: Boost Your Intake of Polyphenol Antioxidants
(4) Wikipedia: Flavonoid
(5) Wikipedia: Xanthones