African Mango... What's all the excitement about?
There is a building frenzy surrounding the African Mango fruit and its potential weight-loss benefits, especially in South Africa… but "African mango" is also starting to gain significant momentum in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and other parts of the world, as well. The excitement in the United States started when a famous, well-respected TV doctor spoke very positively about the weight loss benefits of African mango on his TV show recently.
But it is not the fruit itself which is the reason for the excitement, but instead it is the seed from the fruit. The seed, or pit, of the African mango is the Dika nut. And to be more specific, the buzz is about a patented extract from the pit, or Dika nut. This patented extract from the Dika nut is IGOB131®.
The following is a quote from the African Mango IGOB131 clinical study published on PubMed.gov...
The participants in the clinical study who received 150mg of IGOB131 showed "significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference as well as plasma total cholesterol, [and] LDL cholesterol..."
The African Mango fruit also goes by the name Irvingia, Irvingia Gabonensis, wild mango, and bush mango.
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History of the African Mango fruit
… plus the pit, or seed, which is known as Dika Nut.
African Mango has a long history of use as a diet aid for hundreds of years in Cameroon, Africa, which is the only place on earth where African Mangoes are grown. It is a brightly colored tropical fruit and grows only in Cameroon's western coastal rainforests.
African mango, or Irvingia, is different from other mango fruits in that it produces an unusual pit, or seed. The natives of Cameroon refer to these pits as "Dika nuts."
According to Wikipedia the African Mango fruit bears an edible fruit like other mangoes but it is especially sought-out for its' fat-rich and protein-rich nuts, called Dika Nuts. The nuts are usually dried in the sun for preservation, and then they are sold whole or in powder form.
For hundreds of years the extract from the seeds, called irvingia gabonensis, have been used among Cameroon villagers for its purported wide-ranging medicinal benefits.
African Mango News & Information
Recent Press stories about African Mango ---also known as "Irvingia"
This excerpt below is from a recent news story from Reuters Health
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Fruit extract shows promise as weight-loss aid
(Reuters Health) - An extract derived from a West African fruit may help overweight people shed pounds and lower their cholesterol, a new study suggests.
The extract comes from Irvingia gabonensis, also known as African mango, a fruit commonly eaten in West Africa. Lab research has shown that extracts from the plant's seed may inhibit body fat production, through effects on certain genes and enzymes that regulate metabolism.
For the current study, researchers at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon randomly assigned 102 overweight adults to take either the plant extract or a placebo twice a day for 10 weeks. The study participants did not follow any special diet and were told to maintain their normal exercise levels.
By the end of the study, the extract group had lost a significant amount of weight -- an average of roughly 28 pounds -- while the placebo group showed almost no change. At the same time, they showed declines in "bad" LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Dr. Julius E. Oben and his colleagues report the findings in the online journal Lipids in Health and Disease. The Fairfield, California- based Gateway Health Alliances, Inc. supplied the Irvingia gabonensis extract and partially funded the research.
The study is the first well-controlled clinical trial of the extract's effectiveness as a weight-loss aid, the researchers note. But the findings, they write, suggest that Irvingia gabonensis could offer a "useful tool" for battling the growing worldwide problem of obesity and its related ills.
Excerpt from Reuters article, the international news service, about "African Mango" originally published on March 23, 2009… to read complete article click here.
More African Mango News
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"Exotic Fruit Extract May Shed Pounds, Lower Cholesterol"
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African Mango Research Study
To Read the Abstract From the study titled…
"The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon"
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