Does the African Mango Work to Lose Weight?

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Recently, African Mango has become such a hot topic among weight loss discussion groups that the celebrity physician, Dr. Oz, is even talking about it. What is it, and does it work to help shed those unwanted pounds?

African mango, or irvingia gabonesis, is a fruit much like the mangoes you many have purchased at market. It is grown in the rain forest of Cameroon in West Africa, and the extract from the seeds have been the subject of recent weight loss studies.

According to an article in Reuters, results of the first well-controlled clinical trial of the extract’s effectiveness in reducing excess weight suggest that iringia gabonesis could be a “useful tool” in the battle against obesity.

A four week study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Yaondue in Africa in 2005, involved 40 adults who were given 3.15 g of irvingia gabonesis 30 minutes prior to eating meals. A control group was given a placebo of oat bran. Each subject consumed about 1800 calories a day, and did not increase their level of activity.

At the end of four weeks, the group that had taken the irvingia gabonesis lost an average of 12 pounds each, or 5.6 percent of their body weight, compared to the control group, who only lost 1 percent. Systolic blood pressure was also reduced who took irvingia gabonesis.

In a later 10 week study, published by the journal Lipids in Health and Disease, 102 overweight people were again given either irvingia gabonesis or a placebo. At the end of the trial, subjects who had been given the African Mango lost an average of 28 pounds compared to the control group who lost only 1 pound.

In addition, it was discovered after 10 weeks that these subjects also had a notable decrease in body fat and their waistlines were smaller by two inches, indicating its effectiveness in the reduction of belly fat.

Fox news recently reported on the cholesterol lowering effects of this West African fruit, noting that LDL – the bad cholesterol – levels had decreased. Total cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, and C reactive proteins had also decreased.

Another study reported a rise in the production of adiponectin in the group taking the irvingia gabonesis. The anti inflammatory properties of adiponectin have been associated with a lowered risk of heart disease.

Sleeplessness, headache, and gas were reported as mild side effects. Research indicates that African Mango may be a helpful aid in weight reduction.

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