The African Mango (Invingia gabonensis) is a fruit native to the tropical jungles of West Africa. Its pulp has a delicious flavor and a high nutrient value since it is rich in protein and fiber. Moreover, the seed extract has an active ingredient that is used to satiate the appetite apart from being an effective remedy against fever, diabetes and diarrhea.
Properties of African Mango
Its fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants, which is why it is used for weight loss diets.
Moreover, it also contains:
Benefits of African Mango
The ability of the African mango seed to satiate the appetite has been used by the tribes of West Africa for centuries. In fact, they use them when they have to get ready to hunt and spend several hours without eating.
Irvingia Gabonensis has a true potential to stimulate the metabolism, satiate the appetite, prevent constipation, regulate the blood sugar levels, lower the cholesterol and triglycerides.
The seeds from African mango have a high water-soluble dietary fiber content. They add volume to the stool and can help to relieve constipation. Moreover, it helps to eliminate toxins accumulated in the intestine due to bad eating habits and a excess of cholesterol and triglycerides. Therefore, we could say that it also has positive effects for cardiovascular health.
Actually, the seeds also delay the gastric emptying. Consequently, this effect results in a progressive absorption of the sugar we eat and prevents the common blood sugar peaks after eating.
African mango to lose weight
The African mango seed extracts is an appetite suppressant. In fact, it helps to regulate the hormone leptin and adiponectin levels. Said hormones are in charge of regulating the feeling of hunger and satiety. In addition, Irvingia gabonensis helps to stimulate the metabolism and use fats as energy, apart from preventing the accumulation of sugar in the adipose tissue.
The seed is also rich in vitamin B, calcium, iron and healthy fatty acids. For instance, myristic, lauric, palmitic, stearic and oleic acids. Fatty acids are essential for our brain and muscle growth.
How to take Ivingia gabonensis
In order to make the most of its appetite suppressant effect, it is advisable to take African mango extract 30 minutes before the main meals. Therefore, if we want to enhance its properties to stimulate the metabolism and regulate the sugar and cholesterol, we can combine it with green tea.
Evidently, we will always have to combine supplements for weight loss with a balanced diet. We should obtain all the essential nutrients for the proper functioning of the organism, as well as doing physical exercise regularly.
Contraindications of African mango
This fruit can trigger some contraindications or side effects, for example:
- Gastric problems
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