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Properties of the African mango

The African mango , whose scientific name is ” Irvingia gabonensis “, comes from the tropical forest of Cameroon in Africa; It is similar to a mango and has benefits such as weight loss, since it speeds up metabolism and burns fat, in addition to reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, and controlling diabetes .

Reduces cholesterol and triglycerides and increases good cholesterol, thanks to the amount of fiber contained in the seed, and contains the hormone leptin, which suppresses appetite, and provides a feeling of fullness, which makes us use fat as energy .


It is a fruit rich in nutrients and an important source of fiber and antioxidants; the pulp is rich in calcium and vitamin C, and the seeds have minerals, such as iron and calcium mainly, and magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium; as well as vitamins B1, B2 and B3, and lauric, myristic, oleic, palmitic and stearic fatty acids, and beta-carotene.


Seed extracts of African mango can prevent body fat from being produced and exert an effect on the enzymes that regulate metabolism. In the long term, African mango extract increases a hormone that affects the metabolism of glucose and fat: adiponectin, and also increases insulin levels, which causes the body to use fat as energy, and get off of weight .

A study conducted at Yaounde University in Cameroon, in about 100 people, was administered an African mango supplement for 10 weeks, to lose weight, and a placebo to as many individuals; the people who took African mango during that time, found a weight reduction, between 12 and 13 kilos.

Properties of the African mango


It should be noted that African mango can cause adverse effects, such as drowsiness, gas, dry mouth, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and flu-like symptoms .

It can lead to allergies , if you are especially sensitive to any component of the plant, and can alter the effect of the medications you are taking, such as those prescribed for cholesterol, obesity and diabetes, and especially with anticoagulants, as they can put at risk its effectiveness.

It is important that before taking the African mango extract to lose weight, or to obtain any other benefits, consult your doctor , to ensure your safety and possible interaction, if you are taking medication.

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Properties of the African mango