Most people are familiar with African Mango as a diet supplement. Some of the most exciting research surrounding Irvingia gabonensis indicates that it also shows promise for addressing several common and serious health issues often associated with obesity.
Diabetes is a devastating condition affecting 25.8 million people in the USA alone, a growing number of them children, teens and young adults. Two separate studies showed that Irvingia gabonensis reduced or even normalized blood glucose levels in some subjects. African Mango appears to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, as well as having a beneficial effect on insulin resistance ("pre diabetes") and glycemic index control in obese diabetic patients.
During a study of African Mango seed extract and its effect on the body weight and blood lipids, routine health monitoring of the test subjects revealed a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure in the group receiving the extract. [Table]
According to the CDC, nearly 71 million American adults suffer from high cholesterol - a condition where there are elevated levels of triglycerides and LDL ("bad" cholesterol) in the blood. In several studies, including one of the ones investigating benefits of I. gabonensis in managing diabetes, African mango was shown to reduce overall plasma lipids (fat in blood) by lowering LDL cholesterol and raising levels of beneficial HDL fats. [table]
Antioxidants are important in fighting free radicals - oxidizing agents which damage cells in our bodies, leading to aging and disease. An analysis of the Irvingia gabonensis plant has shown African Mango to be a potent source of antioxidants.
Further Reading: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19254366