The company that produces Xango says their product is the original mangosteen supplement drink. They claim their ingredients supply naturally occurring phytonutrients, including xanthones, which have anti-inflammatory effects; plus catechins and proanthocyanidins, two flavonoids with antioxidant capabilities. Xango Juice -- a blend of fruit juices and purees -- is not certified organic, but the mangosteens are pesticide-free. Some scientists and doctors believe that many fruit juices and drinks are comparably nutritious, however, no conclusive tests substantiate that Xango juice provides unique health benefits.
Reconsituted juice from the mangosteen fruit is the first ingredient in Xango Juice. Mangosteen fruit grows in Southeast Asia and other tropical locations. It is purple, similar in size to a small apple, with a hard rind and five to seven seeds, each surrounded by a juicy cover called an aril. The taste of mangosteen’s pulp has been called “exquisite,” “indescribable” and a mix of peach, strawberry, pineapple and vanilla. The whole fruit, including its white fleshy acidic pulp, the seeds and the reddish-purple nutrient-rich rind is pureed and blended with other fruits to create Xango juice.
Apple juice concentrate is part of Xango’s juice blend. Although no definitive human studies on Xango juice exist, individual fruits in this drink have health benefits. A team of researchers at UC Davis School of Medicine discovered that drinking apple juice reduces risk factors for heart disease. Phytonutrients in apple juice impede the breakdown of LDL or "bad" cholesterol.
Grape juice, an ingredient in Xango, contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that increase HDL or "good" cholesterol and lower your risk of atherosclerosis. The antioxidants in purple grapes may help lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease risks by relaxing blood vessels and allowing blood to flow more easily. Based on their research, Cornell University and the US Department of Agriculture warn that the polyphenols and antioxidants in dark grape juice providing health benefits also inhibit the absorption of iron, increasing the risk of anemia caused by iron deficiency.
Xango uses pear juice and pear puree in their blend. The pear is a good source of potassium, vitamin C and fiber. Pears are sodium-, saturated fat- and cholesterol-free. They contain high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals -- including tocopherols, beta-carotene, pectin and quercetin -- and may be helpful in fighting brain-depleting diseases, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Strawberry and Raspberry
Raspberries and strawberries are vitamin C-rich with some of the highest antioxidant levels of fresh fruits. They are effective disease-fighting foods, due to the anthocyanins that create the blue, purple, black and red pigments involved with lowering the risk of certain cancers, depleted memory function and urinary tract infections. These naturally occurring phytochemicals are antioxidants that fight disease.
Blueberry and Cranberry
Blueberries and cranberries are not actually berries but belong to the false berry or epigynous class of fruits. Cranberries prevent bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, which helps inhibit urinary tract infections. New research suggests that cranberries can help with various medical problems, from cavity prevention to providing protection against viral infections.
Antioxidants such as anthocyanin, that give blueberries their dark blue pigment, offer potential health benefits. Blueberries like cranberries are made up of compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall and causing urinary tract infections, according to Wild Blueberries website, which quotes Amy Howell, Ph.D. of the Rutgers University Blueberry Cranberry Research Center.
A small amount of sodium benzoate is added to Xango as an antimicrobial agent to ensure the safety of the product. No sugar is added to the juice, which is sweetened with the fruits and naturally occurring fructose. Xango’s other additives are citric acid, pectin, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate and natural flavoring.