In the wonderfully colored world of exotic fruits, mango has always had a respected place, for both its breathtaking taste and its huge amount of healthy vitamins. If it was to be described by a seasoned sommelier, the ripe mango fruit would present ample notes of apple and peach, a hint of pine also being noticeable.
But in addition to the generous contribution mango brings to your day-to-day healthy fruit salad, there are some scientific truths you need to know about. One of the few species of mango, scientifically called Irvingia gabonensis, and widely known in this part of the world as the African mango, has proved to be a very effective food supplement for those willing to lose weight.
In certain parts of sub-Saharian Africa, like Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Uganda and, of course, Gabon, the dika seeds or ogbono nuts, which basically are the nuts underneath the tasty pulp of the African mango fruit have been added as a natural flavor into food for centuries, being a rich source of healthy nutrients, carbohydrates and vitamins.
A series of recent studies has proven beyond any doubt that the African mango health benefits extend way over the healthy nutrients: the seeds include some ingredients which have the ability to make you slimmer and help your diet in a safe manner, by inhibiting, or controlling the secretion of leptine, the human body hormone in charge with hunger and satiety sensations.
A recent study performed in Cameroon proved that people fed with just one gram of African mango extract a day (in the form of tablets) , got rid of more than 5% of their body weight in three months, just due to the exotic fruit’s ability to “cut” hunger. A second group, which was fed placebo medication, managed to lose less than 1% of their total bodyweight during the same period of time. So the question is: if you want to benefit from the “magic fruit” and use it to help you in a diet, what should you do?
First, you should consult a doctor, because as they say, the only diet which does not require a doctor is starvation. So, you need to know whether you are compatible with this kind of dieting approach, and then find a trustworthy source of African mango extract (usually in the form of pills), which may prove to be quite difficult, as the demand is high and a lot of on-line offers claim to have the maximum allowed amount of active substance, instead being full with excipients and some other useless (if not harmful…) stuff.
So, to sum up, choose your African mango extract pills supplier wisely, stay away from the “too good to be true” offers, do not overdose (no diet works like this, anyway), and keep an open eye on your body, so that you can consult your physician at the slightest sign of allergy or unwanted side effect. Good luck!
African Mango Health Benefits, Leaf Mother
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