Last updated: March 3, 2013
You’ve heard of a great weight loss supplement called African mango extract. Maybe a friend told you; maybe you heard it recommended on TV; maybe you read about it on the web. But you’re wondering:
- What is African mango?
- Is it a legitimate weight loss supplement, or is it some kind of scam?
- Can it help me lose weight? What’s the evidence?
- Is it safe? What are the side effects?
- Where can I find real reviews?
- What should I look for when deciding which type of African mango to buy?
Well you’ve come to the right place! This African mango information hub has absolutely everything you need to weigh up the evidence and reached an informed decision.
African mango is the name of a fruit that grows in central Africa. In the countries where it grows naturally, it’s eaten as a regular food (just like ordinary mangoes). People in these places also use the leaves, bark, fruit and seeds for traditional medicine.
In the late 1980s, Swiss scientists tested to see if the seeds of the African mango might be useful for treating diabetes. They discovered that taking an African mango supplement lowered cholesterol and blood sugar.
I’ve written a much longer article to answer the question What is African Mango? Take a look to find out more about African mango seeds, African mango extract and the evidence that the extract can lower cholesterol and blood sugar.
But what does all this have to do with losing weight?!
The amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood is closely connected to how much you weigh. If your doctor finds that your cholesterol is high, it’s very likely that he’ll tell you to lose some weight.
That explains the cholesterol–what about the blood sugar? Well, blood sugar is regulated by a hormone called insulin. High levels of insulin encourage weight gain and make burning fat much more difficult.
So it’s easy to see why researchers thought African mango might have some relationship with weight loss. That’s why in 2008, scientists in Cameroon decided to test the effects of African mango on cholesterol and the total body weight of overweight people. They found that taking African mango extract decreased triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and it also caused people to lose almost 6% of their body weight in four weeks!
In fact, the results were so good that a year later a second, larger study was done. In this experiment, people taking 300mg of African mango extract per day lost an average of 28.2 pounds in 10 weeks. They also had lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower total cholesterol, and lower blood sugar levels.
For more information about the studies and to look at the evidence for yourself, check out the full article African Mango Weight Loss in which I answer the question “How does African Mango work?” and tell you more about the kind of results you can expect.
With any type of supplement, it’s really important to know what the side effects are. Even if it helps you lose weight, there’s no point in taking a supplement that makes you feel so miserable you’ll give up after a few days, or even worse, one that’s dangerous.
The medical evidence suggests that African mango extract has very few side effects. There is a small amount of evidence that suggests it may cause headache, bloating or difficulty sleeping in a small number of people.
There’s no evidence that the extract causes serious side effects if you take it at a recommended dose. However, it is not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing. If you’re taking any other medication you should ask your doctor before you start taking African mango extract.
You can read more about African mango side effects, including looking at the medical evidence for yourself.
The natural reaction of a smart person to hearing about a magical weight loss pill is, “Wait, this all sounds like a scam!”
Well, African mango certainly isn’t magic. You can’t eat anything you want and still lose weight just because you’re taking the supplement. You still have to be smart about your food choices. It won’t make you look like a supermodel overnight.
You also have to be careful because there are lots of people selling African mango who will try to scam you. Many sellers make impossible claims, use cheap ingredients or try to misrepresent their product. Sometimes African mango scammers will even put your health at risk by giving you really dangerous advice. To help protect you, I’ve written an article called African Mango Scam that will tell you exactly what to look out for and all the tricks scammers use. You’ll learn how to find real African mango!
It’s all very well being reading articles about a supplement, but sooner or later you want to hear from real people who’ve tried it, right?
Well I’ve spoken to lots of people who’ve tried many different brands of African mango extract and I’ve collected their reviews. I’ve also gathered feedback and reviews from all over the web. Here are some of the most common comments:
- A lot of people say you need to take African mango for up to 8 or more weeks to see a big difference in weight. There’s not much point in only taking it for a few weeks because you won’t see any results.*
- African mango extract with caffeine included can make you a little wired, so cut down on other sources of caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soda, chocolate) while you’re taking it and don’t take it for four or five hours before going to sleep.*
- People who experience this “wired” feeling say it gets better within a couple of days as their bodies adjust to it*.
- With the first week or two, there’s a noticeable lessening of appetite.*
- People find it easier to avoid snacking and fight cravings.*
- Some people report measurable weight loss within a few weeks–other people say it took them longer.*
For a more detailed review, including African Mango Plus reviews and Pure African Mango reviews, check out the African Mango Reviews article.
To help you find the best quality products at the best prices, here’s a list of the most highly recommended places to buy African mango online quickly, securely and easily.
For people in the US who want African mango extract without caffeine I recommend African Mango Supreme. They have a really generous 60 day no-quibble return policy, even for opened bottles!
For people in the US who want African mango extract with caffeine, I recommend African Mango Plus. They have a 90 day return policy, but only for unopened bottles.
For people in Canada, I recommend African Mango Plus.
UK and Ireland
For people in the UK and Ireland, I recommend Troo Pure African Mango at Amazon.co.uk
Australia and New Zealand
For people in Australia and New Zealand, I recommend African Mango Plus.
For people everywhere else, I recommend African Mango Plus who deliver to almost every country in the world!
You can read more information about where to buy African mango at our full length article.