Irvingia gabonensis is sometimes used for weight loss, high cholesterol, and diabetes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Some research suggests that Irvingia gabonensis seeds might also affect fat cells, which might reduce fat cell growth and increase the breakdown of fats.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking Irvingia gabonensis by mouth daily for 1-3 months reduces blood sugar, total cholesterol, and triglycerides and increases "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
- 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.
- A grouping of symptoms that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke (metabolic syndrome). Early studies suggest that taking Irvingia gabonensis 150 mg twice daily for 90 days might improve some, but not all, symptoms of this condition.
- 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.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Diabetes: Irvingia gabonensis can lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of blood sugar that has become too low (hypoglycemia). Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use Irvingia gabonensis.
Surgery: Irvingia gabonensis can affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking Irvingia gabonensis at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with IRVINGIA GABONENSIS
Irvingia gabonensis might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking Irvingia gabonensis along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed. Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Testosterone interacts with IRVINGIA GABONENSIS
Irvingia gabonensis might increase testosterone levels. Taking Irvingia gabonensis along with a testosterone pill might cause too much testosterone in the body. This might increase the chance of testosterone side effects. Do not take Irvingia gabonensis if you are taking testosterone.
Be cautious with this combination
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