4 Best Benefits of African Mango

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

African mango is not the most widely available fruit, but it is packed with nutrients and unique health benefits that make it quite popular in certain parts of the world.

What is African Mango?

Scientifically known as Irvingia gabonensis, the African mango tree bears these fruits of the same name. Native to the Western-central region of Africa, these fruits are commonly known as wild mango, bush mango or ogbono. The trees can grow quite tall, up to 40 meters, and bear these round, green fruits that have bright-orange fruit inside, as well as a single, woody stone. While the pulp is the most popular part of this fruit that is consumed, the seeds are actually more highly valued. Packed with healthy fats and other active compounds, the oil from the seeds can be pressed out and extracted, or the seed themselves can be ground down, roasted or eaten raw. [1]

Mango in different sizes and a mango leaf on a counter

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African Mango for Weight Loss

One of the reasons why this exotic fruit has received so much attention in recent years is because of its apparent effects on weight loss. The flesh of the fruit is not used for these purposes, but a number of studies have been done on the extract from the nut of the African mango. Research has found that not only can the active ingredients help to reduce overall cholesterol levels, but they can also stimulate metabolism and significantly increase passive fat-burning. When this extract is used regularly, it has been known to cause weight loss. It is also known to suppress appetite, which is another way to prevent overeating and create a calorie deficit. [2]

African Mango Benefits

The best benefits of eating African mango include regulating diabetes, increasing circulation, and boosting overall cardiovascular health, among others.

Manages Diabetes

According to a 2018 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food states that people who regularly eat the seeds raw, or have the extract on a regular basis, are better able to manage their blood sugar, reducing the risk of dangerous spikes and drops that those with diabetes must avoid. [3]

Boosts Circulation

With a decent amount of iron in this fruit, having some of this sweet treat is excellent for providing a boost to circulation, which delivers resources and oxygen wherever the body needs it most.

Protects Heart Health

The active ingredients in the extract of this fruit’s seed are able to reduce cholesterol levels and stimulate the metabolism, both of which can lead to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of coronary heart diseases. [4]

African Mango Side Effects

Excess consumption of African mango can result in sleep problems, headaches, and flatulence. While this is only experienced when people consume too much of either the fruit or the seed extract, the active ingredients can also affect people at much lower concentrations. Allergies to this fruit also exist, although they are rare.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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