African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis)


Origin: Ghana

Ingredients: Wild harvested Irvingia Gabonensis Seed

Parts Used: Seed


Powder: Take one tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. of favorite juice or smoothie, two times a day.

Capsules: Take two capsule twice daily. Take before lunch and dinner for ten weeks.


The seed of African Mango

Let’s get into the benefits of the African Mango Seed. African mango seed is also known as “Irvingia Gabonensis” and is a useful weight loss aid.

African Mango Benefits

The soluble fiber of the seed delays stomach emptying, resulting in more absorption of dietary sugar. African mango seed fiber binds to bile acids in the gut and carries them out of the body. Which requires the body to convert more cholesterol into bile acids.

The African Mango seed kernel consists of a high-soluble fiber content that acts as a bulk laxative, while at the same time delays gastric emptying.

Weight Loss and African Mango

These actions may improve blood glucose levels in diabetes. Glycoprotein constituents found in the seeds of African Mango has been shown to inhibit hydrolase enzymes that may also help to control blood glucose levels. Initial studies also indicate that African Mango is effective in lowering cholesterol levels, and in reducing body weight by eliminating excess fat and improving metabolic parameters in overweight humans.

African Mango Diet

When people are overweight, fat cells become enlarged due to the accumulation of fat, and they increase in number and in the amount of the hormone leptin they secrete. Furthermore, the more leptin, the harder it is to lose weight. African Mango has been shown to reduce the secretion of leptin from fat cells.

It has also been shown to increase secretion of adiponectin by fat cells which are essential, because adiponectin plays a role in fatty acid metabolism, and higher levels of adiponectin are associated with a lower body fat percentage.

Even more significant than the laboratory research on African Mango is the human clinical research which shows dramatic weight loss and fat belly reductions across the board in all of the studies thus far. Irvingia Gabonensis taken twice daily for ten(10) weeks has been shown to help people lose up to 28 lbs.

Also, remove up to 6 inches from their waist measurement. Leptin levels are decreased, and adiponectin levels are improved with the daily administration of African Mango in human research studies.

African Mango Case studies

African Mango (known as ‘dikanut’ in these studies) has been studied as dietary fiber for reducing the hyperglycemic effects and lipid metabolism disruption caused by diabetes mellitus. Adamson and his team found that giving diabetic patients a dose of African Mango preparation daily for four weeks reduced blood glucose levels to normal and additionally increased the activity of three ATPases, which usually fall significantly below normal levels in people with diabetes.

African Mango could, therefore, be a suitable alternative to Guar, another viscous dietary fiber that has been shown to have similar effects but is unacceptable to patients at the dosage necessary. These dietary fibers work by delaying gastric emptying and thus reducing the intestinal sugar absorption rate.

This reduced rate improves the sensitivity of the tissues to insulin, resulting in increased glucose uptake. Adamson continued his studies with Omoruyi to try to work out how African Mango alters the lipid metabolism of people with diabetes. Adamson and his workers had previously found that the blood glucose and lipid levels of type II diabetic patients could be improved by a dose of 4g of African Mango seed per 100g of food.

Omoruyi and Adamson examined the plasma and liver lipids of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats after four weeks on an African Mango seed-supplemented diet. They found that the African Mango affected phospholipid distributions and concluded that this might be how it helps in the hepatic control of plasma lipids. Joseph also notes that African Mango seed could be employed as a substitute for readily hydrolyzed carbohydrates in diabetic foods.

The kernels of African Mango are classed as oilseeds. They are ground with a pestle and mortar or on stone into a paste or cake called ‘dika bread,’ which is used as a soup, stew or sauce additive, for flavoring and thickening. The African Mango kernels are highly valued for the slimy consistency they produce.

Okafor notes that while African Mango kernels are used in soup-making, African Mango kernels can only be used when fresh since they become too slimy over time. Dika bread may be sun-dried so that it can be stored. African Mango kernels form an essential part of the West and Central African diet, providing carbohydrate and protein.

Agbor reports that the African Mango kernels may be roasted to enhance their flavoring effect and that crushed pieces of the roasted African Mango kernels may be used in frying vegetables. The Baka pygmies consume the kernels of African Mango in South-east Gabon and have a slightly bitter after-taste, although their overall flavor is not unpleasant.

Ethnomedicinal Uses

All parts of the African Mango plant are used in traditional medicine. The seeds are used as soup thickeners in West Africa. Edible oil is extracted from the African Mango seed that is also used in cooking. The fruit of Irvingia gabonensis is juicy and sweet, is eaten fresh like mango, and makes a refreshing tonic drink. Unlike the fruit pulp of most other Irvingia spp., which is bitter, the pulp of ugiri has been used for the preparation of juice, jelly, jam, and wine and can be fermented sometimes to yield an alcoholic beverage. The seed is used for the preparation of a very slimy soup given to nursing mothers to prevent postpartum weight gain. Dika fat is solid at ambient temperatures and has been used as a substitute for cocoa butter in beverages and cosmetics. The stem bark has been used for dysentery. It is used to increase male fertility and yellow fever, scabies, and skin diseases. The plant has been used in Laos for the treatment of liver diseases, gonorrhea, body pain, gastrointestinal diseases, diarrhea, edema, male sexual dysfunction, and toothache.

Pharmacological Studies

The stem bark was found to have analgesic effects in tests with mice. Aqueous extracts of the leaves have caused a reduction in intestinal motility in test animals. A nutritional evaluation related to the performances of growth and the analysis of increasing amounts of dika nut fat in young Wistar rats has shown that increasing amounts of dietary African Mango fat was in correlation with the rising of myristic acid, modified cholesterol metabolism, and increased the concentration of HDL
cholesterol without any change in the quantity of LDL receptor. Clinical observational studies in humans have also shown that addition of a supplement of 4 g/day of “dika bread” to the diet of patients with type 2 diabetes for one month reduced plasma glucose and lipid levels. There was a remarkable reduction in the LDL plus VLDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while the levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol increased. The three ATPases of the erythrocyte membrane of diabetic patients were significantly lower than in normal subjects. The use of African bush mango for the treatment of obesity has been established by several laboratories and clinical studies. In a double-blind, randomized study involving 40 subjects (mean age 42.4 years), 28 subjects received African Mango (1.05 g three times a day for one month), while 12 were on placebo and the same schedule. During the 1-month study period, all subjects were on a normal- caloric diet evaluated every week by a dietetic record book. In the end, the mean body weight of the I. gabonensis group had decreased by 5.26% ± 2.37% (p < 0.0001) and that of the placebo group by 1.32% ± 0.41% (p < 0.02). The difference observed between the African Mango, and the placebo groups were significant (p < 0.01). The obese patients under African Mango treatment also had a significant decrease in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides and an increase in HDL cholesterol. On the other hand, the placebo group did not manifest any changes in blood lipid components.

The male fertility enhancement of Irvingia has been evaluated in a study in which hormonal parameters of male guinea pigs were investigated and compared with that of Proviron using an enzyme immunoassay method, which was done by reaction of the antibody with serum testosterone and testosterone label, magnetic solid phase separation, and color development step. The aqueous extract of the seeds (50–400 mg/kg) caused a statistically significant increase (p < 0.05 analysis of variance [ANOVA]) of testosterone in male guinea pigs, from 2.70 ± 0.26 ng/ml to 3.10 ± 0.42 ng/ml on day 7 and to 3.30 ± 0.48 ng/ml on the 28th day of the administration of the extracts. The highest increase was 3.30 ± 0.48 ng/mL, obtained after 28 days of treatment. These effects were similar to those of Proviron, which were 2.80 ± 0.28 ng/ml and 3.00 ± 0.41 ng/ml on the 7th and 28th day of treatment, respectively.


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Origin: Ghana

Ingredients: Wild harvested African Mango Seed

Parts Used: Seed

Dosage: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).


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