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Introduction

Irvingia gabonensis is a species of African trees in the genus Irvingia, sometimes known by the common 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 fruit is nearly spherical, green when ripe with a bright orange pulp. The stone is woody and contains one seed.

In areas where the African mango grows, its flesh is widely eaten, however, it’s the seed or nut within that contains the supposedly powerful ingredients. The seed extract itself can be purchased in powder form, liquid, and capsules.

The Bottom Line – A popular fruit grown in Central and West Africa thought to have great health benefits.

African Mango Extract Health Benefits

There are claims that this extract can help to reduce body fat, cholesterol and even slim the waistline, however, very few studies have been carried out in order to verify this. There are also claims that this magical fruit can increase and improve your metabolism while increasing the amount of fat your body can actually burn.

The fruit itself is rich in essential vitamins which will contribute to supporting a healthy diet and overall health.

Below is a list of the possible benefits we’ve found:

African Mango Extract Can Help With Weight Loss

A study carried out in 2009 by the Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon took 102 volunteers of healthy, overweight and obese size to monitor the effects of this specific ingredient.

They were split into two groups, one of which were given 150mg of seed extract, and the other, a placebo.

At baseline, 4, 8 and 10 weeks of the study, subjects were evaluated for changes in anthropometrics and metabolic parameters to include fasting lipids, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin.

The results showed significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference as well as plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin and leptin levels compared with the placebo group. [1]

African Mango Extract Can Help Support Immunity

The fruit extract is reported to contain high amounts of beta-carotene which is effective at preventing certain cancers, high blood pressure, infertility, heartburn and some emotional and mental disorders.

The seed is also rich in calcium, iron and B vitamins, as well as healthy fatty acids, such as myristic, lauric, palmitic, stearic and oleic acids. Fatty acids are essential for brain health, body function and muscular development.

So, while there is no direct evidence to support the claim that this specific extract can help support your immune system, many of the benefits listed above will certainly be a positive for your body. [2]

Helps Control Blood Sugar

The fruit itself rates relatively low on the Glycemic index which means it has little positive or negative effect on blood sugar levels, however, the study mentioned previously did show significant improvements in blood sugar levels.

The study showed, that compared to the placebo group, they recorded a 22.5% positive decrease in blood sugar levels. [3]

Can Improve Your Hair Health

The extract does contain vitamin A, C, and E which are known to contribute to healthy hair growth. [4]

How To Use African Mango Extract

Take one to two capsules a day, preferably 30-60 minutes before a meal. 

The most common methods of taking African Mango Extract are:

  1. Capsule form
  2. Pill Form

The typical dosage amount for African Mango Extract ranges between 1200-2400mg daily. It is recommended that you do not exceed 2400-3000mg per day.

Are There Any Foods That Contain African Mango Extract?

This extract is generally only found in capsule or pill form and not added to other foods. It can only be found in the fruit itself.

  • Fruit – African Mango

African Mango Extract Side Effects List

We have found the following possible side effects for African Mango:

Flatulence, headaches, and sleep problems. [5]

These side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Is African Mango Extract Safe?

Studies show that by consuming the recommended dose, this is a safe product.

Remember, prior to using African Mango Extract, you should consult with your doctor if you have any kind of medical condition.

When Should I Not Take African Mango Extract?

  • If you are pregnant and/or breast-feeding: If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, taking any medications or under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional before use
  • If you’re a child under the age of 18: Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children. 

Has African Mango Extract Been Linked To Any Deaths?

There has not been a single recorded case of this product being linked to any Death or ill health.

The Bottom Line – Safe to consume under recommended guidelines

Where Can I Buy African Mango Extract & Do I Need A Prescription?

You can purchase this product from good health food shops without a prescription.

Conclusion

While this product has been shown to help with weight loss and a reduction in blood sugar levels, more research is needed as many other factors have to be taken into account including lifestyle and general dietary habits.

African Mango Extract is rich in essential vitamins that promote general healthy cell growth and repair, as well as some evidence to suggest it can reduce cholesterol levels. It is not to be treated as a miracle cure for weight loss or health management but will certainly give a healthy body extra support in maintaining essential functions.

The product has no known side effects, only positive health benefits and is relatively cheap to purchase so it’s certainly worth considering adding to your supplement list.

Beth Coats, RD LN
Beth Coats, RD LN
Staff Writer & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Beth is a registered dietician with over 20 years experience in general nutrition.
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