Benefits Of African Mango For Weight Loss

African mango for weight loss

African mango (Irvingia gabonensis) is a natural substance often promoted as a weight-loss aid. African mango supplements usually 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.

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.

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.

Caveats

Not much is known about the safety of long-term use of African mango. There are few 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.

Where to Purchase It

Widely available for purchase online, supplements containing African mango are sold in many natural-food stores and in stores specializing in dietary supplements.

Choosing to Use It

As a result of lack of backing research, it’s too early to recommend African Mango as a treatment for weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight, the National Institutes of Health recommends following a weight-management plan that pairs healthy eating with regular exercise. Keeping a food diary, getting eight hours of sleep each night, and managing your stress may also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

If you’re thinking of using African mango for a condition (such as diabetes), make sure to consult your physician before starting your supplement regimen. Self-treating a condition with African mango and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

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