A Quick Look At African Mango With the medical industries in such disarray, it is no wonder that many people have turned to alternative health methods to regain control of their health. Ironically, in the United States the use of supplementation and whole food diets is a relatively "alternative" idea, but it has been a common practice in modern Asian societies with deep ancient roots. Because of the popularity of these products, these days, more and more research and development has gone into finding the best possible plant-based compounds. One of the most recent discoveries is simply known as African Mango (despite having no relation to the actual mango species of the tropics). Indeed, the African Mango that is used as a supplement bears no relation to the mango fruit, despite also being called the Wild Mango and the Bush Mango. In reality, the scientific name for the plant is Irvingia Gabonensis, which is often shortened to the much more manageable IGOB131. The active compound in IGOB131 is found only in the seeds of this plant, and not the fruit or leaves; a plant which does actually grow in Africa: in the tropical jungles of Cameroon, to be exact. What scientists have discovered is that the product that is now known as African Mango seems to have a profound effect on weight loss efforts. To better understand this, a recent 10-week, double blind study, split 102 overweight subjects into equal test and control groups. People in the test group were administered IGOB131 capsules of 150mg twice a day before meals; the control group, of course, was administered placebos. At the end of the 10 weeks, scientists found that test subjects lost an average of 28 pounds, 6.7 inches from their waistline, and 18.4% body fat. While this probably sounds impressive on its own, test subjects also saw a 26% reduction in their total cholesterol, a 27% reduction in LDL cholesterol, a fasting blood glucose level reduction of 32%, and a serum chemistry C-reactive protein level reduction of more than 50%. C-reactive protein may be a major factor in the way that African Mango seems to work. The presence of C-reactive protein, or CRP, could signify something that is known as Leptin resistance. This is important because Leptin is a hormone in the body that tells the brain to turn off the hunger craving (because you have just eaten food, for example). Unfortunately, over time it seems that it can be common to develop a resistance to the signal that Leptin sends to the brain, which can cause overeating. Because of the profound effect that IGOB131 has on Leptin, then, it seems that the compound could definitely benefit people who want to lose weight. You should also know that Leptin, as a hormone, binds with the hypothalamus to control involuntary functions like hunger. It also, however, helps to instruct the body to use fat that has been stored as an energy source. That means that when your body is sensitive to Leptin, you are more likely to burn more fat.