African mango. Is it the latest in a long line of weight loss supplements which do
nothing to shrink your waistline but plenty to shrink your wallet? Or is it the real
deal, and something which can seriously help you lose weight without the need for
dieting or exercise? And what about the other benefits - lowering cholesterol levels,
boosting energy and fighting fatigue? We shall see.
African mango first came to our attention in September 2010 when Dr. Oz featured
it on his syndicated TV show, as a must have weight loss supplement. Endorsed by
celebrities, it appears to offer the perfect solution - weight loss without dieting or
The African Mango
The African mango, or irvingia gabonensis, is an edible fruit growing in the tropical
rainforests of western Cameroon, and has been eaten locally as a food for hundreds
of years. But it is the seeds or nuts of the fruit that are most highly prized for their
medicinal properties, and are used to treat everything from yellow fever to diarrhea,
and by hunters to give them increased energy and combat fatigue.
But does It Work?
Despite being taken for hundreds of years as a cure all and energy booster, this
evidence is anecdotal and carries little weight in the scientific domain.
What does carry weight however, and this is most unusual for a weight loss product,
are the clinical trials that have actually been carried out which back up the claims as
to how effective it is.
In one study, carried out over 10 weeks, the participants taking african mango
supplement, lost an average of 28.1 lbs, against 1.5 lbs in the placebo group.
In another study, this time over one month, those taking the supplement lost an
average of 11.7 lbs, and remember all of this is without changes to diet or exercise
While some health professionals would like to see more studies done on african
mango, the fact that verifiable clinical studies have actually taken place says a lot for
the authenticity of the product, and all the evidence points towards a safe and
effective weight loss supplement.
How Does It Work?
Normally taken twice daily as a supplement, african mango works in several ways to
bring about weight loss. It increases the feeling of satiety in the brain which makes us
think we are full up, and also helps prevent the food sugars being converted to fat for
storage in our bodies. It has also been proven to be effective in lowering bad LDL
cholesterol levels and stabilizing blood sugar levels.