All About African Mango

African mango may be relatively new to the health and nutrition scene, but it's worth paying attention to for the health benefits it has to offer. Here is a brief introduction to African mango and its many nutritional benefits.

What is African mango?

African mango is a mango-like fruit, also known as wild mango, bush mango, or dika nut. It comes from the irvingia gabonensis tree, which grows in Central and West Africa. The flesh of the African mango is widely eaten in regions where African mango thrives, but the seed or nut (fresh or dried) is what carries the bulk of its nutritional content. So when you take African mango, you are really taking extract from the seed or nut, which may come in powder, liquid, or capsule form.

What is its nutritional content?

African mango extract contains a number of powerful nutrients. It is rich in beta-carotene, which can be effective for preventing high blood pressure, heartburn, infertility, certain cancers, and some mental and emotional disorders. African mango extract also contains iron, calcium, B vitamins, and a number of fatty acids, including lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic and oleic acids. The fatty acids in African mango promote stronger brain health, body function, and muscular development.

What are its health benefits?

As previously mentioned, the beta-carotene in African mango extract is known to help prevent high blood pressure, heartburn, some mental and emotional disorders, and even certain cancers. In addition, the fatty acids in African mango extract can promote stronger brain health and body function.

African mango has been studied most extensively for the health benefits it can offer to those with high cholesterol, obesity, or diabetes. In a 2005 study, individuals who took African mango extract three times daily for four weeks exhibited a significant reduction in blood lipid levels, including LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. In addition, these individuals exhibited notable improvements in HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. Those who took placebo pills in this study did not exhibit the same differences in blood lipid levels.

This same 2005 study showed promising weight loss benefits as well. The participants who took African mango three times daily for four weeks lost an average of 5.26 pounds, while those who took placebo pills lost an average of only 1.32 pounds.

As for individuals with diabetes, African mango extract may help improve blood-glucose levels. In a ten-week study of over 100 overweight individuals, those who took African mango extract daily exhibited a significant improvement in blood-glucose levels, while those who took placebo pills did not.