Brent Bauer, an internist at the Mayo Clinic, noticed something strange in recent years about the clinic’s arthritis patients. Some reported no longer needing their steroid medications after drinking a juice produced from an obscure fruit. Bauer began wondering whether there really is something to the mangosteen. This tropical berry is used in expensive supplement beverages sold through multilevel marketing programs, including Utah’s XanGo, that claim anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits.
Salt Lake Tribune, by Brian Maffly, 12/5/11