African Mango or Irvingia gabonensis is a species of African trees more commonly known by the names wild mango, African mango, bush mango, dika or ogbono. They bear edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat and protein rich nuts.
The flesh is regularly eaten as part of the staple diet in Western and Central Africa in its raw form, or made into a jelly or jam for desserts. Local people also juice these fruits or even make into wine, which can taste quite pleasant – not unlike a German Riesling, when prepared carefully.
The seed coat has to be cracked open to get to the endosperm. Seeds, also called dika nuts, are eaten raw or roasted. Mostly however they are pounded to butter- or a chocolate-like block. Seeds can be pressed to produce an edible oil (solid at ambient temperatures) or made into margarine that is used for cooking. The oil can also be processed further into soap or cosmetics and is rich in myristic, lauric and palmitic acids. The seeds can also be made into a cake called “dika bread” for preservation.
The leaves are used by farmers as feed for their animals and the wood from the trees themselves is used for roofing support beams and for making walking sticks.
Over the last two decades it has been recognised by Western Scientists that this fruit and seeds can offer great health and medicinal benefits. Clinical trials¹ have shown that the African mango may support healthy cholesterol and glucose levels, blood pressure and can help balance blood sugars, which may assist in controlling the appetite. The added overall digestive health benefits from the fibre in the fruit and nuts helps with bowel function and regularity. In addition research shows the African mango may possess analgesic, antimicrobial and antioxidant activity.
African mango extract can be used to support a healthy metabolism and manage appetite cravings. The seeds are high in fibre, which can help maintain a regular bowel function and they are also a good source of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron.
Like anything, African mango should not be considered a magic cure all supplement. You need to ensure you have a balanced healthy diet that includes lots of plant based foods to provide natural fibre, drink plenty of water and include exercise as part of your normal daily and weekly routine. Always use as directed, and seek the advice of a medical practitioner if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any known medical conditions.
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