It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the number of diet and weight loss supplements has grown a lot in the past few years. 33.9% of American adults who were trying to lose weight in 2008 took dietary supplements.
African mango is one of the popular supplements that are sold to help people lose weight.
Even though it is new to the West, it has been eaten and used as medicine in Africa for hundreds of years.
This article talks about what nutrients African mango has and what its pros and cons are.
Mango extract from Africa is used in the West
African mango extract (AME) has become popular in the West as a supplement for weight loss. The seed of the African mango fruit is where it comes from.
AME is available in liquid, capsule, and powder forms.
AME is sometimes mixed with green tea, berry, and kelp extracts and sold as a supplement (9Trusted Source).
The extract is said to stop fat cells from growing, but more research on humans is still needed.
African mango seed extract is becoming more popular in the West as a weight loss supplement, even though research is still being done on how it works.
African mango nutrients
The following nutrients can be found in just 3.5 ounces (100 grammes) of African mango fruit, which includes both the peel and the pulp.
Protein: 1 gramme
Fat: 0.4 grammes
Carbs: 18 grammes
62% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C (DV)
As you can see, the fruit has a lot of vitamin C right in it.
African mango extract has certain nutrients
The seed of the fruit is used to make African mango extract (AME).
Iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium are just some of the vitamins and minerals that are in the seed. It also has soluble fibre, antioxidants, and protein from plants (5Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).
Also, it has a lot of fat, most of which comes from myristic acid and lauric acid, two saturated fats that are also found in coconut oil (7Trusted Source).
In a recent study, 41 phenolic compounds, such as flavonols, tannins, and ellagic acid, were found in the seeds of the African mango. Phenolic compounds fight free radicals in your body, which are molecules that can cause disease (12Trusted Source).
The seed of the African mango, which is full of nutrients and antioxidants, is used to make extracts. The fruit has a lot of vitamin C in it.
Benefits that could come from African mango extract
In the West, AME is becoming more popular as a weight loss supplement. Even though more research needs to be done, early research shows promising results.
The study of how to lose weight
In a randomised, controlled study that lasted 10 weeks, 52 adults took 300 mg of AME every day. On average, they lost 28 pounds (12.8 kg), their waist circumference went down by 6.4 inches (16.2 cm), and their body fat went down by 6.3%.
Also, both total cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol dropped by a lot.
Similar results have been found in other studies.
In a 90-day study of 24 adults with metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that raises your risk of chronic illness, those who took 300 mg of AME daily had significant drops in blood sugar, waist circumference, triglycerides, and VLDL (bad) cholesterol, compared to those who took a placebo.
In another study, 72 adults were given AME and a succulent vine called Cissus quadrangularis (CQ). After 10 weeks, the group that only did CQ lost 8.8% of their body weight, while the group that did both CQ and AME lost 11.8%.
The CQ and AME groups also saw big changes in their body fat and waist circumference (12Trusted Source).
These studies show that AME lowers body weight, body fat, waist circumference, blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol. Still, there needs to be more research on people.
Studies have shown that AME may help lower blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels, as well as body weight. Still, you should talk to a doctor before starting or changing anything in your daily routine to treat any of the above conditions.
Is there anything bad about African mango?
Even though not much is known about AME, it seems to have few or no side effects.
Still, you should be extra careful when buying products made from African mango to make sure they are safe and pure.
Effects and toxicity
Animal studies show that AME has no harmful effects or toxicity.
Headaches, gas, trouble sleeping, and constipation are the only side effects that have been seen in human studies. But it’s not clear that AME caused these effects because they were also seen in the placebo groups.
A case study said that after 2.5 months of taking AME, a person with long-term kidney disease had to start dialysis. Still, we need to do more research.
One study looked at AME and African mango dietary supplements and found that some didn’t have real seed extracts.
Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates supplements differently than medicines, which means that their safety and quality aren’t always known.
So, you should look for AME products that have been checked for purity and quality by a separate lab. Supplements can have their own labels put on them by labs like U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), ConsumerLab, and NSF International.