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African Mango Diet Hype: Truth or Scam?

African Mango Diet
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.

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What is African Mango?

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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

african mango extract 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  1. by: Leah Hardinger
    Posted on October 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I did some research on african mango, and it looks like the product you promote on this site is the best one out there. Nice work!

  2. by: Ben
    Posted on January 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I actually just bought the African mango supplement you guys recommend on here. I hope it works!

  3. by: Brittney
    Posted on February 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    You guys should really be ranked higher on Google, this is by far the best information I’ve found on African Mango. Very interesting.

    • by: toni
      Posted on October 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      I was 198 pounds now 189 3 weeks it hepls but do have to stay away from excess rice pasta potates sugars go organic, stay away from fast food, boil, bake poultry i dont eat red meet raely may do Goat meet,do not endulge in sweets my swelling in my legs went away

  4. by: Angela
    Posted on June 6, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Wow, thank you for doing so much research and putting up this information on African Mango! I love it! I will be checking back often to see what you guys add to this site

  5. by: Jessie Thacker
    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m so tired of all the spam sites out there, this one was a great find. Thanks for posting this information guys!

  6. by: stephen
    Posted on July 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I have been trying that Irvingiappress product for about 3 weeks now and I really like it. This African mango stuff helps me to eat less. I have already lost 5 pounds!

  7. by: mike
    Posted on July 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Your site is good looking, and you presented your information in a great way! I’m very impressed. I want to try an African Mango supplement after reading this site.

  8. by: mango
    Posted on July 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    My wife tried the African Mango Weight Loss about 6 months ago and lost about 20 pounds. I think it works pretty good.

  9. by: Nik
    Posted on July 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I’m on my third week with african mango and I have lost 3.5 lbs so far

  10. by: jld
    Posted on August 3, 2011 at 5:51 am

    3 months ago I weighed nearly 298 pds. I started taking an african mangoe supplement and I have loss 52 pounds so far. I found out about African Mangoe from a coworker. His dad owns a natural health food store.I ask my coworker,” What does your dad sell that would help me get some of this weight off.” He quickly replied,”African Mangoe” It’s working for me.

  11. by: Nurani
    Posted on September 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I visited this site 3 months ago. After that I went on and bought Africa Mango to see the results for myself. I must say that it works well. I am in my 3rd weeks and loss 3 kilos with normal lifestyle, no exercise, no change of my healthy meals. Great stuff!

  12. by: conner
    Posted on September 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

    looks cool i might buy it.

  13. by: Mickey
    Posted on October 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I just started African mango a few days ago and ha e already seen results. I have 15lbs to lose and high cholesterol . My question is can you use this after you have reached your goal? Will all the weight come back? I would like to continue using it to control my cholesterol .

  14. by: Deb Slade
    Posted on October 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I have just started today with African mango, I will keep you posted on how I go

  15. by: nad
    Posted on October 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

    i just purchase african mango supplement, cant wait to start just counting days for the deliveies, let see how it goes

  16. by: Lisa-Maree
    Posted on November 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I’m on my third week too Nik – I’ve lost 2 kgs so far.

  17. by: Margaret Walsh
    Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Is it safe to take African mango while on 20gr of fluoxetine a day

  18. by: Margaret Walsh
    Posted on November 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Is it safe to take African mango with Prozac

  19. by: karen
    Posted on November 13, 2011 at 3:01 am

    This is my 2nd day taking the african mango pure fitness and I’m hoping it will work I want to loose 30 lbs

  20. by: miesha
    Posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Just stated today i bought it because it was highly recommended. I hope out works

  21. by: evelyn morris
    Posted on December 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have been taking the Africa Mango for 2 weeks and it has made me feel fantastic. I haven’t weighed yet however I know I will have positive results because of the energy I have and the decrease in my appetite. will let you know more after a month.

  22. by: Ewa
    Posted on December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I appreciate the information on African mango. However, being scientifically-minded, I would like to see studies done by universities or research institutions other than the University of Cameroon. Can you direct me towards other credible scientific sources that studied the effectiveness and side effects of this fruit as well as the supplement you promote?

  23. by: deepti
    Posted on January 25, 2012 at 3:05 am

    it has been 3 weeks that i didi not got my order still waiting can any one tell me what to do

  24. by: Debbie
    Posted on February 4, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Hi i am still waiting for my order as well or a reply from you to tell me how to track order. thanks

    • by: karen
      Posted on February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      At this time, we are not actually affiliated with any one company, and we do not sell, ship, or process returns on any of these products. Shipping policies vary from country to country and between products. To find out when your product is coming, please contact the company you bought from.

  25. by: URANIA
    Posted on February 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm


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  26. by: dom
    Posted on March 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    There is one brand of Africa mango with green tea I bought, 1200mg Irvingia gabonensis, 60 caps. I have finised it but no wt loss. Their instruction says, take a caps preferably with meals!! That even put me off. Pls where do I get d real African mango? ~~Dom, Abuja, Nigeria

  27. by: Steven
    Posted on March 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    This actually seems really legitimate. Hows the progress guys? Should i buy this? Not only for the fat burning process. But overall health condition?!

  28. by: Josi Pastora
    Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Why can’t the fruit itself be imported from Africa? We import a lot of fruits from different countries. Would this cut down on profits from un-reputable companies? Or is the seed needed to ingest it’s weight loss properties?

  29. by: Blondie
    Posted on June 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Bought my 1st bottle of Af Mango 6/17/12, Father’s Day. A co-worker recommended it. Here it is 2 days later. My appetite has decreased (2 meals a day & no snacks or sweet cravings + drinking plenty of water),one of my tops feels a little looser. Can’t wait for the full desired effect…..I’m on my way!! Will keep you apprised.

    • by: Peachy
      Posted on July 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

      I can honestly say this pill does nnihtog but help me, it doesnt do all the work for you, it just helps you control your appetite and help speed up metabolism and it has been doing wonders, since i have been on it and stop eating by 8:00 pm i have lost at-least 15 pounds and that was just with dieting and not with working out, im serious this stuff works

  30. by: monique
    Posted on July 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

    we would like to stock african mango in our health shop please assist

  31. by: adeson
    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Be glad of lifestyle due to the fact it gives you the opportunity to enjoy, to operate, to play, and to seem up at the stars.

  32. by: billy
    Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    it says here priced as low as 23.99 but when i click to buy it show 39.99???

    • by: admin
      Posted on August 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Billy,

      The pricing breakdown for IrvingiAppress is based on the discounts that you can get when you buy in bulk. If you visit you will see that you can get five bottles at $119.95, or $23.99 a bottle.

      Hope that helps!

  33. by: sherbear
    Posted on August 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have been taking African mango seed for a little over a year now ( started after seeing it on Dr. Oz) and will stay on it for life! Not only have I lost weight, but have overall better health. I have had a not growing on my thumb joint for years, which has been very painful… after going off african mango, the knot was very painful and got bigger, upon re suming mango seed, the bump has almost completely disappeared. No more or swelling!Yay!

  34. by: Donna Hardy
    Posted on September 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I ordered African Mango cleanse from Carol Wrights catalog just about amonth ago. Sept 17 will be a month. So in 5 weeks I havn’t lost a lb. I paid 19.99 and I was wondering if it was money back guarantee?? Let me know if any one can help me. This did not do any thing for me, So please let me know.

    • by: admin
      Posted on September 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Donna,

      I’m sorry to hear about your difficulty with African Mango Cleanse. We are not distributors of African Mango products, but if you bought African Mango Cleanse from a catalog you will probably not be able to get your money back. I would recommend contacting the catalog and seeing what kind of return policy they have.

  35. by: Lusious
    Posted on September 25, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Its been a month now since I purchased my order and I am still waiting. I tried tracking my shipment but there is no record yet. I tried emailing but delivery failed. How long do I have to wait?

  36. by: JM Kresse
    Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    My daughter and I went on African Mango after seeing it on Dr. Oz. It helped our energy and we did slowly lose a bit of weight, then we went off of it because we ran out and were having cash flow problems. My daughter had never had high cholestgerol or hypothyroidism before but while off of the African mango developed high cholesterol and hypothyroidism. We are wondering if having taken the African Mango may have created a situation that caused the change in her body, where it became dependent on it so that going off it led to these problems. Is there research on this?

  37. by: Lydie
    Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I have been introduced to african mango by a friend and have also read the facts on it. i really want to use it like now but wondering where i can get it here in Nairobi-Kenya. Kindly assist me urgently i cant wait….

  38. by: Maryj
    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    After losing the amount of weight that you want to lose and you stop taking African mango will u put up all the weight again or with exercise will that keep your weight down??

    • by: beigespawnblaze
      Posted on September 25, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Maryi, as long as you do not consumer more calories than you burn, you will keep the weight off after using African mango.

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