My 17 year old son (ADD) and I started using mangosteen juice 2 months ago. I have ADD that I discovered 3 years ago that has affected many aspects of my creative & productive life. I have found the clarity and focus profound that mangosteen juice gives me.
For the past 3 years, after trying a variety of traditional ADD meds (stimulants & antidepressants) – as well as many alternative medical modalities for ADD including many different Amino Acids, nutritional supplements and vitamins, etc), there is not a medication or supplement that creates more energy, focus and clarity of my mind than mangosteen juice!
I’m a single parent and I recently went with my son on a 9 day Caribbean cruise to celebrate all the hard work he had put in this past year. On ship I planned to share some real connection time when homework and activities would finally not interfere. I only brought a few bottles of mangosteen juice, and when a fellow traveler was having tremendous pain in his neck following neck surgery a few weeks earlier, I offered him a bottle.
Because we were in short supply, my son offered to not take any & I rationed mine. I personally had less energy on the cruise when I was just relaxing, than my full days when I often work until 1-2 AM getting personal projects done. My son on the other hand had a different experience. His attitude soured, he had little appreciation, & patience that had been present before. His adolescence showed and the interactions between us were less than optimal. (He had left his ADD meds at home).
Within 24 hrs of returning home my son was quite stressed considering the tests and work he had missed, even though he had done quite a bit homework on the ship. We returned to our usual home lifestyle, including taking mangosteen juice and vitamins regularly. Within 24 hrs, even before he went back to school, I noticed an abrupt change in his behavior as he calmed down, the stress was decreased, and his relationship with me was back to normal ! I found this interesting and put it in the back of my mind.
I had a concern how the mangosteen juice was interacting with the homeopathic treatment for my ADD so my physician and I decided to stop it for 4-5 days and reevaluate me (as soon as I returned from a seminar). My son had been leaving me very “loving” messages while I was gone, so when I called the day before returning home, I suggested he STOP the mangosteen juice. When I returned home, the loving son had left, being replaced by the anxious adolescent from the cruise ship.
Over the next 4-5 days, I was a little more on edge, & I was VERY distracted & the least focused I’d been in 3 years on NO meds for my ADD. My son on the other hand was angry, argumentative, impatient, impulsive – sounds like my 17 yr. old untreated son with ADD. It was an interesting 4 - 5 days, and I tried everything to create harmony. I heard about the potential VERY short time for mangosteen juice to take effect (HOURS) , so when he retuned from school, I greeted him at the door and said DRINK, our test is over.
I left the house for 2 hrs to run errands, and had not really told him the test was still on. When I returned home, I went down to find my son and I tried to engage him and “get in his face” and all I could get was a smile and no reaction. Now the test was really over. Mangosteen juice had won!
Here’s the part I haven’t shared. I’m a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and have practiced Wellness and Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on prevention for 25 yrs. I have read the science behind the mangosteen and have not seen anything as profound in my 25 years that is as safe and can have such an impact on such a variety of health conditions from elimination of cancer, to lowering blood sugar, serum cholesterol, and blood pressure. The treatment of extreme inflammation as well as acute and chronic pain is profound as well as the treatment of autoimmune conditions, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Hepatitis, headaches and a variety of other conditions. Considering 75% of our population will unfortunately die from cancer and heart disease, EVERYONE should be on mangosteen juice, unless they want to enjoy heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and all the chronic diseases from oxidation that afflict our society costing far more than Mangosteen juice.
Les Berenson MD, F.A.C.P.