Can african mangoes really help in losing weight?

African mango or Irvingia gabonensis is a natural substance often marketed as a weight-loss aid.  African mango supplements typically contain extracts of the seeds of the African mango tree (a plant native to West Africa). African mango seeds are known to contain a variety of nutrients, including fiber, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and minerals.

Much is to say about mangoes in general.  I do love them myself.   Ripe and sweet, or sour and raw, there are even ones that have been picked in old Chinese stores in Binondo.  There are also the dried mangoes from Cebu, or the Tarts from Bacolod or Iloilo.   I suggest you also try and visit Guimaras, the home town of my dear lolo Alex, there is where you have month-long feasts during summer just for mangoes.  Guimaras is the mango capital of the Philippines.  Oh and do not forget the fruit shakes, juices, the mango graham refrigerated cakes which have been a fad for quite some time, plus the simple “Ensaladang Tagalog” with mangoes tomatoes, onions in small cubes.  Truly so many options on how they may be prepared and served, and overall delicious!

But did you know that mangoes, particularly African mangoes or in their scientific name, “Irvingia gabonensis,”  has enzymes that contain a is a natural substance often marketed as a weight-loss aid.   African mango supplements typically contain extracts of the seeds of the African mango tree (a plant native to West Africa). African mango seeds are known to contain a variety of nutrients, including fiber, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and minerals.

In alternative medicine researches, it is said that African mangoes may aid in losing weight as it can suppress your appetite, speed up you metabolism and preventing fat build up, thereby possibly helping us stay away from obesity because it stops the growth of fat cells and enhancing metabolic health.  Some other researches say that i can even help treat high cholesterol and even diabetes.

Uses

In alternative medicine, African mango is purported to promote weight loss by suppressing appetite, speeding up metabolism and preventing fat buildup.  In addition, some proponents claim that African mango can help treat certain health problems, such as high cholesterol and diabetes.

 

Purported Benefits 

To date, few scientific studies have tested the health effects of African mango. However, some research suggests that African mango may help protect against obesity and enhance metabolic health.

 

For instance, in a 2009 study in Lipids in Health and Disease, researchers found that participants who took African mango every day for 10 weeks experienced significant improvements in body weight, body fat, waist size, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation). The study involved 102 healthy overweight or obese people; half of the participants received African mango, while the other half were given a placebo.

 
 

Additionally, a 2008 study in Lipids in Health and Disease indicated that taking a combination of African mango and cissus (an herb long used in Ayurvedic medicine) may help fight obesity. Every day for 10 weeks, 72 obese or overweight participants took capsules containing one of three substances: a placebo, the African mango/cissus combination or cissus alone. By the study’s end, members of the African mango/cissus group showed the greatest reductions in body weight, body fat, waist size, and cholesterol levels.

In animal-based research, scientists have determined that African mango may fight obesity by inhibiting the development of fat cells.

Caveats

Little is known about the safety of long-term use of African mango. There’s some evidence that African mango may trigger mild side effects, such as a headache, dry mouth, sleep disturbance, and gastrointestinal problems.

 

Supplements haven’t been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label. Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. 

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