African mango supplementation was shown to reduce weight, 6.3% average body fat, and 16.2% average waistline circumference in a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial that was done with 120 overweight participants in a course of 10 weeks [R].
These effects were also observed in a month-long double-blind, randomized, controlled trial involving 40 obese participants. The results of the study showed that the African mango group had decreased body weight and LDL or bad cholesterol levels along with an increased HDL or good cholesterol levels [R].
Another double-blind, randomized, controlled trial involving 72 participants showed that a combination treatment of African mango and veld grape (Cissus quadrangularis) significantly reduced body weight, waistline circumference, and 20.1% body fat after 10 weeks compared to the placebo group [R].
It is noted, however, that the studies showing African mango’s weight loss properties are quite small and designed rather poorly. African mango alone cannot act as a weight loss regimen. To boost weight loss, living a healthy lifestyle is also needed [R].
African mango supplements should be safe in doses of up to 2,500 mg per kg body weight daily. In the lab, this dosage showed no DNA-damaging effects. However, there were reported side effects including insomnia, headaches, and stomach gas [R] [R].
Diabetic patients who are taking medications should use African mango with caution since it is known to reduce sugar levels in the blood [R]. It can also affect the absorption rate of medicines you currently take since it causes delayed stomach emptying [R].
We strongly advise you to have regular check-ups with your doctor and lab tests (blood, kidney, and liver) at least once every six months if you decide to take any oral herbal medicine or supplements for long-term
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