Straight from West Africa, the African Mango is the latest fad to hit the weight loss market. We say fad because there haven’t been sufficient clinical studies to back the African Mango’s effectiveness. The African Mango is also known as Irvingia Gabonensis. According to the supporters of the African Mango it has the ability to help:
- shed pounds
- lower bad cholesterol
- lower blood sugar levels
Clinical Study on the African Mango
There has been one study conducted on the African Mango in Africa and was published in the journal “Lipids in Health and Disease.” “Lipids in Health and Disease” (although far from the best) is a legitimate health journal. The study was conducted on 102 people split between those taking the African Mango and those taking the placebo. According to the study taking African Mango resulted in:
“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 level.Irvingia gabonensis administered 150 mg twice daily before meals to overweight and/or obese human volunteers favorably impacts body weight and a variety of parameters characteristic of the metabolic syndrome.”
The study points out that those taking the African Mango lost nearly more than 15 pounds more than those taking the placebo.
All of this sounds great but there needs to be more clinical studies on the African Mango before we all crown it as a miracle ingredient. An obscure study conducted in an obscure country (Cameroon) is not conclusive.
The Bottom Line on the African Mango
The African Mango looks like a promising ingredient . However, we probably wouldn’t count on having the same results of those taking the African Mango from the study. Also remember that those taking the African Mango in the study took 300 milligrams a day. So before buying a diet pill just because it has African Mango, make sure that it is supplying you with 300 milligrams.