The African mango is a lively tropical fruit native to the rainforests of Cameroon, Africa, the only place where it is grown. It is said to have healing properties, and the natives have used it for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.
At the heart of the African mango is the Dikka seed, which distinguishes it from the mango you might see in the produce section of your local grocery store. The extract taken from this seed, called irvingia gabonensis, is touted for its numerous health benefits and widely sold as a weight loss supplement.
Some ways the African mango can help you lose weight:
Helps suppress appetite
The African mango extract contains the hormone leptin, a natural appetite suppressant. Once it senses that you have consumed the nutrients sufficient for sustenance, leptin sends a signal to your brain telling it that you are full. However, when leptin binds to a protein called C-reactive protein, it can become ineffective in some people. The African mango actually lowers the C-reactive protein levels, which frees up the leptin to effectively perform its role as an appetite suppressant.
Supports waste elimination
The African mango’s Dikka seeds are abundant in protein, healthy fats and fiber. Fiber plays an especially vital role in removing toxic wastes from your body, which serves to purify your body and contributes to healthy weight loss. Fiber acts as a binding agent. It collects bile, blood cholesterol, fatty acids and other undesirables into a large mass that your body promptly disposes off during waste elimination. In this way, and because it decreases the amount of cholesterol your liver produces, fiber has the added health benefit of reducing your total cholesterol levels.
Reduces body fat
The hormone leptin, in addition to suppressing appetite, uses fat for energy. This obviously reduces the amount of fat stored in your body, giving you a leaner figure. African mango extract also increases the levels of another hormone called adiponectin. An increase in adiponectin results in an increase in insulin, which leads to your body more efficiently metabolizing glucose and fat.
Because glucose turns into fat if it is not used, this increased efficiency in your metabolism effectively keeps unwanted fat off your body. It also decreases visceral fat, which is the fat surrounding your inner organs, like the heart and liver. So, not only will you be sporting a leaner, more attractive figure, you’ll be healthier, too.