- Diet & Weight Loss
African Mango - a superfood or weight loss miracle?
Firstly what is African Mango?
The African mango is native to the West coast of Africa and has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. More recently it has been used to help with weight reduction.
A superfood may be used to describe foods that have a content of nutrients or phytochemicals (chemical compounds that have a biological significance but not classed as essential nutrients). There are believed to be many thousands of phytochemicals which have the potential to affect cancer, strokes and metabolic disease. Superfoods are said to provide health benefits with very few negative effects. Saturated fat, artificial colours, flavourings and additives do not occur in these foods and most are low fat and low calorie.
Superfoods are rich in a variety of nutrients and play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer if eaten with a healthy balanced diet.
It has been argued that superfoods is just a name that is used to market specific products currently in vogue and it rarely used by dieticians and nutritionists.
Where does African Mango fit into this?
Well African Mango has become extremely popular over the last couple of years and has been reported as a natural, healthy supplement responsible for suppressing the appetite, reducing blood pressure and cholesterol and possibly blood sugar levels.
There have been a few studies into the effectiveness of this fruit, two of which include Ngonde and colleagues from the University of Yaonde, Cameroon. The studies compared African Mango with a placebo. Over a period of 1 month the findings suggested an increase in High density Lipids (HDL), the good fats and a decrease in the low density lipids (LDL) bad fats, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
Critics have dismissed some of these findings, suggesting that the trials were poor quality and in some cases there is suggestion the research was funded by fruit suppliers and patent holder of African Mango.
Nutritionist’s state African Mango is no different to goji berries, acai, noni and wheatgrass, the only significant detail is in its inflated price tag.
Does African Mango work?
They argue eating a super diet including lean meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, tea, dark chocolate and tomatoes will keep your weight within the healthy range, especially if sufficient amounts of water is consumed and a regular exercise program adhered to.
There are supporters of this wonder fruit that believe it does work, by suppressing one’s appetite and also increasing weight loss when used in conjunction with a healthy eating plan. African Mango is a high soluble fibre that has positive effects on the body as do pears, dates, figs and nectarines.
Supplies of African Mango have flown off the shelves in the latest ‘quick fix’ weight loss scheme.
There are individuals who swear they have had significant weight loss after commencing the African Mango in conjunction with a healthy eating plan and regular exercise. Many women believe it has helped them to quickly shift the last few awkward pounds that are often difficult to budge.
How to take it?
The African mango comes in pills or capsule form, one taken in the morning and one in the evening with a full glass of water.
The recommendations are to take 30 minutes before a meal to avoid side effects
What are the side effects?
The side effects are supposed to be very minimal but have been noted as bloating/gas, insomnia and headaches.
How long is the program?
The plan lasts up to 10 weeks maximum.
Diet and Exercise – it is strongly recommended to participate in a healthy eating plan, cutting out fats, sugars and alcohol and participate in 30 mins of exercise a day. The pills or capsules are supposed to aid in weight loss and appetite suppression.
If I diet and exercise surely I will lose weight anyway? That’s absolutely right, reduce your energy intake, increase your output and you will lose weight. The African Mango is reported to speed this process up.
What’s the verdict?
There is clearly more research to be undertaken in this area to back up evidence for the pros and cons of African Mango. Until then individuals are likely to continue finding ways to reduce food intake as easily as possible as well as losing body fat.
Although this is described as a natural product, it is worth checking with your healthcare provider, especially if you are taking prescribed medications and have any medical condition.
Note: The guide is not meant to be fully comprehensive and is meant for information only. The author makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, regarding the efficacy or use for any reason of the information contained within this article.