After the first study conducted on the effects of African mango supplement in our body, a follow-up scientific investigation was performed in 2009. The Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry (LNNB) of the Yaounde I University in Cameroon spearheaded the study with the aim to ascertain the effects of this supplement in overweight to obese individuals. Since there has been a huge demand for a variety of African mango products, a laboratory experiment was deemed proper for everyone’s safety.
Based on the initial observation before this 2009 pursuit, the consumption of Irvingia gabonensis, the scientific name of the African mango, suggested changes in metabolism. This was associated with the high fiber content of the fruit that helps speed up a person’s metabolism. The newest clinical study wants to prove the efficacy of this ability to people suffering from obesity.
Putting the African Mango Supplement to Test
The product to be tested was what they called the IGOB131, a particular seed extract of the African mango. The participants are 102 overweight and/or obese individuals whose average age is 34. They are divided into two groups. The first group is given placebo capsules while the second is given IGOB131 capsules. The dosage is 1 capsule 20-30 minutes before lunch and another capsule 20-30 minutes before dinner. A qualified dietician supervised the diet of all the participants. However, during the course of the study, the dietician did not employ any major dietary intervention. Participants were actually advised to maintain their usual food intake and daily physical activities.
The method used for measuring the effects is the taking of blood samples of all the participating individuals. From their blood samples, the LNNB researchers were able to determine changes in the bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol, leptin and C-reactive protein levels of the participants. The LDL or low-density lipoprotein fats are like a bus fleet in the blood stream that carries cholesterol through the blood. If too much cholesterol exists in our body, then the LDL may clog the bloodstream causing heart attack or stroke. Leptin is a kind of hormone that regulates appetite, hunger and metabolism. As the fat level of an individual increases, so does his leptin level. The C-reactive protein (CRP), on the other hand, is a protein produced by our liver cells. It increases in cases of inflammation and infection. A high concentration of CRP in the body increases the risks of heart attack.
Results were taken after the ten-week experiment. All the individuals who were given the IGOB131 capsules showed significant decrease in their LDL cholesterol, leptin and CRP as compared to those who were given the same dosage of placebo. The placebo group’s LDL cholesterol level decreased by only 4.8% as opposed to the 27.3% decrease of LDL cholesterol level of the IGOB131 group. There was also an accelerated rate of decrease in the IGOB131 as compared to the placebo group. Lastly, the individuals in the IGOB131 group showed a shocking 52.0% decrease in their CRP levels while the placebo group exhibited only a minimal 1.2% decrease.
These results reveal that besides the weight loss ability of the African mango seed extract, it is also clinically-proven effective for individuals with metabolic abnormalities. The decrease in levels of the three blood contents aids in a better regulation of our hunger and appetite. It also decreases risks of stroke and heart attack. More than its benefits on one’s physical appearance, the African mango seed extract also gives you a healthier body system. The good thing is, this is not just another study conducted by a company selling the African mango supplement but a certified medical entity.