Could African mango be the weight-loss wonder fruit we have all been waiting for?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

It was only a matter of time until another unlikely fad hit the multi-billion dollar weight loss market. Move over, goji berries, pomegranate and açaí.

Enter the exotic African mango.

This time, all attention is on a humble ‘bush’ fruit which is giving more expensive weight loss solutions a run for their money.

Proponents of the latest health fad say that the African mango, indigenous to coastal west Africa, is an age-old Cameroonian bush medicine, its ‘unique’ properties apparently helping to budge fat and even lower blood fat levels.

The African mango, Irvingia gabonesis, is unlike other mangoes in that it produces an edible protein-rich seed that is commonly used in Cameroonian cooking. Extracts from the seeds are available in a tablet form, dubbed the ‘breakthrough supplement.’

The capsules were given the boost they needed when Oprah’s Doctor Oz gave the capsules his endorsement last year.

The Emmy-winning Dr Oz Show aired a segment on the ‘miracle in your medicine cabinet’ and the show’s Dr Tanya Edwards tried the pills.

Dr Edwards wrote on ‘Sounds like a magic bullet to me! I tried it myself, and low and behold, in the first month of taking it (only once per day, mind you, instead of the recommended twice daily), I lost 7 pounds without making any changes in my usual healthy diet and exercise routine!’ She soon recommended the supplement to patients.

In no time, sites selling the supplement mushroomed online. Chris Khilam, known as the ‘medicine hunter’, told that now, ‘the mango diet is here with a vengeance.’

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