Known to lower cholesterol and help control diabetes, African Mango may also be a useful in the fight against obesity. Studies show it may help with weight loss and has few side effects.
African Mango is native to West Africa and comes from the Irvingia gabonensis tree. Similar to a regular mango, it can be eaten as a fruit, and the seed is often used in medicines for weight loss, controlling diabetes and also lowering cholesterol levels. African mango weight loss side effects may include slight headache, insomnia and gas if taken in large doses.
African Mango and Weight Loss
There are only a few studies on African mango and weight loss. One small study showed that the seed extracts from this fruit may help with weight loss if combined with a low-calorie diet. The journal Lipids in Health and Disease reported on the study which seemed to suggest African Mango might be effective. The study, which involved 100 people, showed those taking African mango lost more weight than those taking a placebo.
African Mango Side Effects
The amounts taken in this study, 300mg, are higher than is generally found in most over-the-counter weight loss products. Taking this amount for African mango for weight loss may have some minor side effects such as headaches, insomnia and gas. African Mango is also contraindicated for anyone who is pregnant or breast feeding, as not enough is known as yet about any potential side effects.
Lower Cholesterol Levels and Diabetes Control
On the positive side, African Mango is a natural substance that may help with weight loss, control diabetes and lower cholesterol levels. Some research suggests the seeds may lower cholesterol due to their high fiber content. Fiber helps remove LDL, or bad, cholesterol from the body. African Mango may also be helpful in fighting bacterial infections. Doses of 1.05g of the seed extract have been used for obesity and lowering cholesterol levels. Does of 150mg twice a day of the standardized extract, IGO B131, were also in the trials.
Other names for the African mango are: Agbono, Bread Tree, Bush Mango, Dika Nut, Dikanut, Dikka, Duiker Nut, Etima, Irvingia, Irvingia barteri, Irvingia gabonensis, Kaka, Mangifera gabonensis, Odika, Ogbono and Wild Mango.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.
Ngondi JL, Etoundi BC, Nyangono CB, et al. IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation. Lipids Health Dis 2009;8:7.
Ngondi JL, Oben JE, Minka SR. The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon. Lipids Health Dis 2005;4:12.