There have been numerous questions pertaining to the role of African mangoes in weight loss cases. Widely known as bush mangoes, or wild mangoes, these fruits are known to accelerate the process of shedding weight. Researchers refer to it by its scientific name, Irvingia gabonesis, and widely use it for making weight loss supplements. The resultant extract obtained from these fruits is widely known as IGOB131.
Scientists used this extract to ascertain whether it really accelerates the weight loss process. In fact, there are certain other extracts obtained from African mangoes, which are not effective in shedding weight. IGOB131, however, has shown positive results in this matter.
Researchers conducted an experiment for a period of 4 weeks in which 40 obese individuals were administered, either 3.15 grams of African mango extract, or an equal quantity of oat meal bran. Both the supplements were administered to these people half an hour before their meals. They were put on low calorie diets. These people consumed about 1800 calories daily.
After a month, it was observed that people who had consumed African mango extracts had lost nearly 5.6 percent of weight. On the contrary, people who had been eating oat meal bran had lost merely 1 percent of body weight. Also, their systolic blood pressure dropped by 4 points.
Scientists conducted another study involving nearly 102 healthy, and over-weight men and women. People were put into two groups. Some were slotted into a placebo group while the rest were placed in another group where they were administered African mango extracts. After 10 weeks, it was observed that people who had consumed IGOB131 had also lost considerable fat from their waist regions. These people had lost almost 28 pounds whereas, the ones who had been placed in the placebo group lost just a pound.
Besides, those who had consumed IGOB131 showed significant fall of LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, C reactive protein and blood sugar levels.
According to scientists, IGOB131 triggers the secretion of adinopectin, which reduces the risks of heart diseases, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
In the South-East Asian countries, mangoes are believed to accelerate weight gain due to their carbohydrate content. In fact, many people in these countries avoid eating these succulent fruits from the sheer fear of gaining excess weight.
African mangoes, however, serve as staple food in countries like Nigeria and Cameroon. The African tribals are known to have slender and trim bodies. Also, occurrences of heart diseases among these people are quite unheard of!
IGOB131 also reduces the level of leptin, a hormone secreted by the fat cells, which determines the appetite of people. High leptin level reduces hunger pangs, and cravings for junk food. .
It has, however, been observed that obese people tend over-eat, and high level of leptin in their blood does not decrease their appetite. Such people become resistant to leptin levels.
So, how does fall in leptin level result in weight loss since it triggers the appetite of a person? Well, decrease in leptin results in less production of fat cells, and hence, weight loss occurs.