Mangosteen Extract Shows a Potent Insulin Sensitizing Effect in Obese Female Patients: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Nutrients. 2018 May 9;10(5):586. doi: 10.3390/nu10050586.


There is a widely acknowledged association between insulin resistance and obesity/type 2 diabetes (T2DM), and insulin sensitizing treatments have proved effective in preventing diabetes and inducing weight loss. Obesity and T2DM are also associated with increased inflammation. Mangosteen is a tropical tree, whose fruits—known for their antioxidant properties—have been recently suggested having a possible further role in the treatment of obesity and T2DM. The objective of this pilot study has been to evaluate safety and efficacy of treatment with mangosteen extract on insulin resistance, weight management, and inflammatory status in obese female patients with insulin resistance. Twenty-two patients were randomized 1:1 to behavioral therapy alone or behavioral therapy and mangosteen and 20 completed the 26-week study. The mangosteen group reported a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity (homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance, HOMA-IR −53.22% vs. −15.23%, p = 0.004), and no side effect attributable to treatment was reported. Given the positive preliminary results we report and the excellent safety profile, we suggest a possible supplementary role of mangosteen extracts in the treatment of obesity, insulin resistance, and inflammation.

Keywords: Garcinia mangostana; diabetes; dietary supplements; inflammation; insulin resistance; mangostin; metabolic syndrome; phytotherapy; xanthones.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anthropometry
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Body Composition
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Fruit / chemistry
  • Garcinia mangostana / chemistry*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin / pharmacology
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Young Adult


  • Antioxidants
  • Biomarkers
  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Plant Extracts