African Mango – Is This What African’s use to Stay Fit?


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This is one of the more recent supplements to hit the market. African Mangoes, or if you want the more technical term they are called “Irvingia Gabonensis” and the extract that comes from it turns out to be very interesting. Don’t let the terminology turn you off though. It is a simple fruit and more particularly plant extract that is said to actually help your healthy lifestyle.

Now, most anyone that has been struggling with weight loss for any period of time knows that such promises are routinely tossed around casually. Our mission at Vigorlean™ is to dig into the research and separate fact from fantasy. Our research determined that African Mango’s do look promising if you are looking to add to your fitness regimen.

In fact, with African Mangoes and its effects, here is what one researcher studying the effects of Irvingia Gabonensis said:

“The consumption of Irvingia Gabonensis, a fleshy West African fruit, is common in traditional Nigerian and Cameroonian cuisine. Initial observations suggested beneficial changes in metabolic parameters were associated with the high fiber content of Irvingia gabonensis“

-Julius Oben PHD

 

Sounds Complicated…
What is this really all about?

The data trickling in about African Mangoes and extracts is pretty simple. 1According to to Dr. Oben as mentioned above, taking the Mango Seed extract twice a day, induced significantly measurable improvements in test subjects.


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Now, the potential source of these results, as the earlier quote has said is due to the high fiber content. This is primarily applicable when you are consuming the fruit directly. In terms of extracts itself, 2the study did also reveal other effects like improvements in blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and the “C-Reactive Protein”.

As we have discussed many time before, controlling the amount of sugars allowed into the blood stream has a direct impact on weight loss among many other popular health concerns.

To makes sense of it all, the African Mango extract, may help your body become more efficient.

Has it been proven?

Besides the study by Dr. Oben, there are other 2studies in Lipids and Health that obtained similar results when the African Mango extract is combined with “Cissus”. With 72 participants, taking either the supplement or a placebo, Cisus mixture and the Mango and Cissus mixture, the one with the African Mango showed the best results. So there is already some additional proof that there is a correlation may exist.

The Fine Print

It is important to note however, that the studies are still not 100% sure. And as one 3doctor put it, its ability to incur this change is mostly based out of its fiber content. , . The implications are that while the extract works, it might be similar to other supplements and food items that are high in fiber. So there might be cheaper high fiber alternatives to the extract.

In the end though, remember that the “magic pill” myth, is just a myth. There is proof that African mangoes may help you. However, it will not do so without extra help from you. A proper diet, and good exercise is still the time-tested solution for having a healthy body, and these supplements are only there to aid you in the process.

Our researchers at VigorLean™ give African Mango a thumbs up and would definitely add it to any plan.

In fact, we were so impressed we’ve added it to our formula. Check it out now!


End Notes

1 Lipids in Health and Disease | Full text | IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation.. 2013. Lipids in Health and Disease | Full text | IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.lipidworld.com/content/8/1/7/. [Accessed 23 October 2013].

2 African Mango for Weight Loss. 2013. African Mango for Weight Loss. [ONLINE] Available at:http://altmedicine.about.com/od/weight_Loss/a/African-Mango-For-Weight-Loss.htm. [Accessed 23 October 2013].

3 Julie Chen, M.D.: African Mango: A Miracle Weight Loss Supplement Or Not?. 2013. Julie Chen, M.D.: African Mango: A Miracle Weight Loss Supplement Or Not? [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-chen-md/african-mango_b_1463301.html [Accessed 23 October 2013].

4 Image By Phuthinhco from Flickr – Photo Sharing!. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/phuthinhco/7615081592/sizes/m/in/photostream/. [Accessed 20 November 2013].