African Mango helps break down fat!
African mango, also known as bush mango (irvingia gabonensis) is a tree native to the West African rain forests. The medicinal part of the plant is the kernel, called ogbono by the local people who traditionally either grind it into powder and add it to food as a thickener, or eat the plain nut in its natural state. The fruit resembles the true mango and is enjoyed for its delicious taste. For centuries this plant has been valued by the people of the rain forests for its medicinal benefits.
Research studies into African mango’s medicinal actions have shown impressive weight loss outcomes in overweight and obese people, with confirmed fat burning and cholesterol lowering properties. The African mango nut’s high fibre content makes it a bulk-forming laxative and also facilitates removal of excess cholesterol from the body. The weight loss mechanism is also in the bulk-forming nature of the nut, which slows stomach emptying, delaying the digestive process and retaining the feeling of fullness for a longer period. This helps reduce the appetite as well as slowing down dietary sugar absorption, which has a balancing effect on blood sugar levels.
Metabolic markers indicating improved gastro-intestinal health and fat metabolism have been seen in clinical trials. In one study of overweight or obese subjects taking African mango supplements, results showed lower body weight, reduced body fat, improved metabolism and lowered cholesterol. In addition, they showed improved management of hormones that influence fat metabolism and blood sugar levels. This indicates African mango’s potential role in maintaining glycaemic balance in people with diabetes, as well as helping reduce the diabetes risk factors inherent in overweight people.
Both its long history of use as a food and the results of modern research studies show African mango kernel is a safe herbal supplement for adults in need of natural weight management support, with no adverse effects reported.
At present collection, processing and marketing of the annual African mango kernel harvest is largely the province of village women and children. Only about 10% of the harvest is from planted crops, the rest being gathered from the natural rain forests. As collection intensifies due to international export demand, sustainability becomes a critical issue. If we are to support the ongoing sustainability of not only the African mango crop, but the villagers who live nearby, we need to buy from producers that invest in well-planned cultivation that maintains biodiversity, medicinal quality and the wellbeing of the local population [see 'African Mango Sustainability' below - Ed].
By Carolyn Simon ND, DipMedHerb
For more info on African Mango and weight loss have a read of the new African Mango in Your Weight Loss Plan blog.
Can you buy African Mango in NZ?
HealthPost are NZ’s favourite online natural health shop. Order BioBalance Super African Mango 15000 at our great low price today and start enjoying the benefits of this extraordinary new weight loss supplement for yourself!
You can also order BioBalance African Mango in Australia.
African Mango Sustainability
We queried our supplier regarding the sustainability of their Super African Mango 15000 product. Their answers are as follows. We’re hoping for some more details and will publish them here as they become available.
q) Is the mango kernel used harvested from the wild, or plantation sources, or both?
a) The Mango kernels are from both plantation sources and the wild. Approximately 10-12% of the product is sourced from planted crop while the rest is gathered in the wild.
q) Is there any assurance of the sustainability of this harvest? Is anyone overseeing this?
a) Yes! It is monitored by an international herbal foundation, The International Herbal Association.
q) Are the harvesters and any other local people involved being paid a fair and reasonable wage?
a) We do not purchase from the ones that don’t.
Does African Mango work?
African Mango Seed Extract has been shown in some studies to have a positive effect for weight loss and lowering cholesterol. We’ve had a lot of customer African Mango reviews, so do read HealthPost customer’s feedback to help you make your decision.
As with any supplement you’re considering taking though, we’d encourage you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions. Here are links to some more African Mango information:
African Mango Science
- Irvingia gabonensis fat: nutritional properties and effect of increasing amounts on the growth and lipid metabolism of young rats
- The use of a Cissus quadrangularis/Irvingia gabonensis combination in the management of weight loss: a double-blind placebo-controlled study
- “Life Extension Magazine:” Deflating Your Spare Tire For a Longer, Leaner Life: Understanding the Risks of Leptin Resistance
- The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon
African Mango in the Media
- African Mango is a Miracle in Your Medicine Cabinet that Can Help You Lose 10 Pounds (The Dr. Oz Show, September 2010)
- African Mango Shows Promise for Weight Loss (Reuters, March 2009)
- Irvingia: A Magic Pill? (The Dr. Oz Show, May 2011)
- African Mango Sheds Pounds, Lowers Cholesterol (FOX NEWS, March 2009)
- Weight Loss Supplement Not Light on Promise (Irish Times, January 2010)
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