Because mangosteen is often used as a food or beverage, it would be difficult to recommend a safe and effective dosage. Also, mangosteen supplements are considered dietary supplements and do not require FDA approval. Therefore, a dosage that is considered both safe and effective has not been determined. Even if dosing information were available, there may be significant variability of the content, purity, and strength among different brands of supplements.
As is the case with natural products and dietary supplements, there is simply not enough quality information available to recommend a safe and effective dosage for mangosteen at this time. In fact, because mangosteen is often used as a food or beverage (not a dietary supplement), a "dosage" for mangosteen does not really make sense in many situations.
Because dietary supplements and foods do not need FDA approval, studies to find the safest and most effective dosages for dietary supplements or foods are rarely performed. Without such studies, only vague "trial and error" information is typically available. Even if good dosing information were available, there may be significant variability of the content, purity, and strength among different brands of the same dietary supplement, making consistently safe and effective dosing difficult.
There is no good information available on the safest and most effective dose for mangosteen. Because there is no quality information about mangosteen dosing, it is reasonable to follow the dosing instructions provided on the label of your particular product.
Some considerations for people taking mangosteen include:
- If you decide to take a mangosteen supplement, it is important to choose a trustworthy manufacturer (as supplements are not regulated as closely as drugs). Your pharmacist is a good source for information about which supplement manufacturers are the most reliable. Products that are more expensive are not necessarily of a higher quality.
- If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, it is probably a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking mangosteen.
- If you are unsure about anything related to mangosteen dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider.