African Mango Diet Hype: Truth or Scam?
Introduced on the Dr. Oz show as a “Miracle in Your Medicine Cabinet”, African Mango extract, also known as Irvingia Gabonensis, has become one of the world’s most popular weight loss ingredients.
The African Mango Diet has been called one of the easiest and fastest ways to lose weight. The extract is referred to by many as a “wonder weight loss drug”, and many have shared testimonials of the weight loss benefits.
But the real question is, can an African Mango diet really help you lose weight? If you’ve used any weight loss pills that have this ingredient, please share your review with us.
As a fruit native to Africa, African mango or Irvingia Gabonesis was originally studied to determine possible benefits when it comes to cholesterol. After several placebo controlled studies, the results shocked everyone. What they found was that not only did African mango help lower cholesterol levels, but in every study the group given the supplement had significant weight loss results – an average weight loss of 12.3 pounds in just 8 weeks – while the group given the placebo saw very little results for either weight loss or cholesterol improvement.
The studies have been enough for Dr. Oz to feature this “miracle fruit” on his show, and suggest it as a powerful modern ingredient for weight loss.
Since then, many have begun to experience the natural weight loss results of an African Mango diet.
What is African Mango?
The African Mango is a mango-like fruit that comes from the Irvingia Gabonensis tree, a tree native to West Africa. For thousands of years, the local population used it as a staple in their diet as well as for medicinal purposes. The nut of the fruit was ground up and used for cooking, or the paste was taken on long hunting trips to stave off hunger.
Only within the last 20 years has it been recognized by western culture as scientists have discovered the incredible health benefits that the people of west Africa have been taking advantage of for all this time.
So the next question is, how does an African Mango diet help you lose weight?
1. Acts As a Fat Burner
As a natural superfood that can aid in weight loss by helping the body burn fat, Irvingia Gabonensis helps target the stubborn fat, rather than helping you lose water weight or muscle mass. Studies have shown that the extract increases fat burning through accelerating the metabolism naturally, and helping the body burn stored fat. So basically, while taking African Mango extract, you will have a much easier time burning fat.
This all-natural ingredient also contains no stimulants, so it is safe for virtually anyone to use, whether you are looking to lose 20 pounds or are just trying to get over a plateau and shed a few pounds.
2. Suppresses Your Appetite Through Regulating Leptin
Leptin has been identified as a major hormone contributing to obesity. It is the hormone that tells your body it has had enough to eat. Lower leptin levels cause your body to get more cravings, which leads to overeating. This makes it very difficult to shed pounds. But when your leptin levels are raised and regulated, you do not feel the cravings to eat as much.
African Mango acts as a leptin regulator, helping your body regulate the amount of leptin it needs to feel full. This is a major benefit because you feel full, so you eat less!
3. Delays Digestion
African Mango also helps to delay the process of gastric emptying, meaning your food will digest much slower. This process helps you to stay full for longer. When combined with the effects of leptin, this can aid weight loss significantly.
As one dietician put it:
“When you have something that is staying in the gut for a long period of time, you feel fuller for longer. So, there is that potential that somebody might eat less over the course of the day because they’re not as hungry” -UPMC Dietician Leslie Bonci.
4. High Source of Fiber
African Mango extract is also a very high source of soluble fiber which helps to suppress your appetite. Fiber also acts as a bulk forming laxative, which helps you to get rid of the waste in your body.
Studies Conducted on Irvingia
Study #1 – In 2005 a study was done at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon, Africa. 40 subjects were chosen at random to participate in a double blind study in how African Mango managed obesity. 28 subjects received 1.05g of the extract three times a day, while 12 were on a placebo with the same schedule.
Results – At the end of the one month study, the average body weight of those taking the extract decreased by 5.26%, while the body weight of the placebo group had only decreased by 1.32%. The study also found significant decrease in cholesterol for the study group given the extract.
Study #2 – In 2008, again at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon, 102 healthy, overweight, and obese volunteers were gathered, and they were randomly divided into 2 groups using a placebo and again an extract of Irvingia Gabonensis. They were each given one capsule of IGOB131 (150mg) or a placebo on a daily basis 30 to 60 minutes before lunch and dinner. The results were then taken after 4, 8, and 10 week periods of time.
Results – What they found was significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference, as well as Leptin and many other health levels in the IGOB131 group compared with the placebo group.
Study #3 – In 2009, another study was done at the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon, Africa. Subjects were divided into 3 separate groups, and tested a placebo, Cissus Quadrangularis, and a combination of African Mango extract and Cissus Quadrangularis. All subjects were told to maintain current lifestyle habits, and the third test group was given 150mg of African Mango.
Results – Over 10 weeks, they measured these subjects. They ranged between 21 and 44 with a mean age of 29.3. Several aspects were monitored, including body weight, body fat, and other aspects. Each were measured at 4, 8, and 10 weeks. While the active group taking Cissus Quadrangularis showed improvements, the test group combining this with Irvingia Gabonensis extract showed significantly greater benefits.
Are there any Side Effects?
Because African Mango is a natural fruit extract, side effects are very rare and mild.
In fact, by itself, it is thought to have no side effects at all. In one study where a mixture of Irvingia Gabonensis (African Mango) and Cissus Quadrangularis (Veldt Grape) was tested, very mild side effects such as headaches, excessive gas, and sleep problems were found. These same side effects were also found in the placebo group, who were given only Cissus Quadrangularis, so the side effects probably did not come from African mango.
Most who have reported these side effects mention that effects diminish and eventually disappear as their bodies get used to having the supplement in their systems.
Most people who have taken African Mango supplements say that they are totally side effect free!
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