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IRVINGIA GABONENSIS

Other Names:

African Mango, Agbono, Bread Tree, Bush Mango, Dika Nut, Dikanut, Dikka, Duiker Nut, Etima, Irvingia, Irvingia barteri, Irvingia gabonensis, Kaka, Mangifera gabonensis, Manguier Sauvage, Odika, Ogbono, Wild Mango.

IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Overview
IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Uses
IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Side Effects
IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Interactions
IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Dosing
IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Overview Information

Irvingia gabonensis is a tree, native to West Africa. The fruit is similar to a mango and is used for food. The seeds are used to make medicine.

There is interest in using supplements containing Irvingia gabonensis for weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, and improving control of diabetes.

How does it work?

Irvingia gabonensis seeds might lower cholesterol because of their high fiber content. The fiber increases removal of cholesterol from the body.

Some research suggests that Irvingia gabonensis seeds might also affect fat cells, which might reduce fat cell growth and increase the breakdown of fats.

IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • High cholesterol. Some small studies show that Irvingia gabonensis seed extracts might reduce bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels in people who are overweight. But this research is low quality.
  • Obesity. Some small studies show that Irvingia gabonensis seed extracts might help reduce weight in people who are overweight, especially if combined with a low-calorie diet. But this research is poor quality.
  • Diabetes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate Irvingia gabonensis for these uses.


IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Side Effects & Safety

Irvingia gabonensis is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults when a crude seed extract is taken for up to 4 weeks, or when a specific standardized seed extract called IGOB131 is used for up to 10 weeks. The only side effects reported are flatulence, headaches, and sleep problems.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Irvingia gabonensis during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Interactions

IRVINGIA GABONENSIS Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For obesity and lowering cholesterol levels, a dose of 1.05 grams of crude seed extract three times daily has been used. A dose of 150 mg of a standardized seed extract (IGOB131) twice daily has also been used.

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