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 loses 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 exercise.
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
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
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 levels.
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.