African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis)
Let’s get into the benefits of African Mango Seed. African Mango seed is also known as African mango and is a useful weight loss aid. The soluble fiber of the seed delays stomach emptying, resulting in more absorption of dietary sugar. Irvingia gabonensis 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. African mango is a deciduous tree indigenous to the humid lowland forests of tropical Africa.
The juicy pulp from its mango-like fruit is rich in vitamin C, and, along with its seed, kernels are used as a food source in Cameroon and Nigeria. The roots, leaves, and bark of African mango are used as traditional medicines. The bark, in particular, is used in combination with palm oil to treat diarrhea, colic, and dysentery. The active constituents found in the bark have antibiotic and analgesic properties, making it useful for treating skin ailments. Local tribes in Sierra Leone grind the bark and form it into a paste with the addition of water, which is then externally applied for treating scabbing skin and the relief of skin pain.
In addition to its traditional medicinal uses, preliminary clinical research of Irvingia gabonensis focuses on the seed kernels for improving blood glucose levels. 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. These actions may improve blood glucose levels in diabetes. Glycoprotein constituents found in the seeds of African Mango have been shown to inhibit hydrolase enzymes that may also help to control blood glucose levels. Initial studies also indicate that African mango seed is effective in lowering cholesterol levels and in reducing body weight and improving metabolic parameters in overweight humans.
African Mango Helps Reduce Belly and Waist Size
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 seed has been shown to reduce the secretion of leptin from fat cells.
African mango 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 human clinical research, which shows dramatic weight loss and fat belly reductions across the board in all of the studies thus far.
African Mango seed taken twice daily for ten(10) weeks has been shown to help people lose up to 28 lbs. Moreover, 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 seed in human research 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 (1986) found that giving diabetic patients a dose of African Mango seed 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 seed 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 (1994) to try to work out how African Mango seed 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 seed affected phospholipid distributions and concluded that this might be how it helps in the hepatic control of plasma lipids.
Joseph (1995) also notes that African Mango seeds 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 (Agbor 1994, Leakey and Newton 1994, Vivien and Faure 1996).
The African Mango kernels are highly valued for the slimy consistency they produce. Okafor (1975) 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 (Vivien and Faure 1996). African Mango kernels form an essential part of the West and Central African diet, providing carbohydrate and protein (Onyeike et al. 1995). Agbor (1994) 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 (Vivien and Faure 1996) and have a slightly bitter after-taste. However, their overall flavor is not unpleasant (Howes, 1948).
Increase in metabolism
Reduce body fat by up to 7%
Reduce belly and waist size
Supporting healthy cholesterol & blood lipids levels
Origin: Ghana Ingredients: Wild harvested African Mango Seed
Parts Used: Seed
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie twice a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!
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