African Mango

Last Updated: September 28 2022

Irvingia Gabonensis (African Mango) is a supplement derived from the seeds of the plant known as African Mango (not related to common Mango fruits); there is insufficient evidence to support its usage as a fat burning supplement, and it may merely be a vessel for fiber and fatty acids.

African Mango is most often used for

Summary

Irvingia gabonensis is a seed with a high fat content, with little to no historical medicinal usage but is either used in production for cosmetics or other products (due to the physical properties of fatty acids in general) and is sometimes used as a soup thickening agent. The fatty acids in question are mostly saturated and either medium or long in chain length.

This seed is touted to be a fat burning agent based on subpar evidence, as all studies conducted right now have a degree of methodological flaw associated with them and some are confounded with financial support from producers of irvingia gabonensis supplementation. There are no known unique bioactives known yet from irvingia gabonensis that are not located in other food products.

The seed may have health properties in some instances, like most food products do; that being said, there is not enough evidence to support the usage of this seed for any particular use yet.

What else is African Mango known as?
Note that African Mango is also known as:
  • African Wild Mango
  • African Mango Extract
  • African Bush Mango
  • Dika Nut
  • Irvingia Gabonensis
Dosage information

Supplemental dosages of irvingia gabonensis are quite variable, being anywhere between 150-3,200mg taken daily alongside meals. The optimal or effective dose is not currently known, but since the dietary fiber may be the active ingredient then supplementing in the higher end of the aforementioned range may be prudent.

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