The African mango tree, scientifically known as Irvinga gabonensis, has certainly become one of the most talked about plant in recent times. It grows natively in parts of West and Central Africa and in some regions in Asia as well. It is known by a number of names, among them wild mango or bush mango. The tree bears succulent fruits which are largely eaten by locals in countries like Cameroon. However, it is the plant’s other benefits apart from nutrition that have made it as famous as it is. In a world where everyone is but struggling to lead a healthy life, its discovery couldn’t have come at a better hour.
The African mango tree, like many such wondrous plants, has quite a number of uses, which have been fully exploited by both locals and those far off. Here are some of the uses to which it has been put:
Nutrition: The fibrous flesh of its fruits has been a cherished source of nutrition for the locals. The nuts from the fruit are also crushed and used as a thickening agent for dishes.
The nuts are also crushed as a source of oil.
The tree is a source of hard wood which is used in the construction industry.
The locals also used the nuts in treatment of day to day injuries. With obesity hardly a concern in Africa, it is only in the recent years that its weight losing capabilities have been brought to the limelight.
The Plant and Weight Loss:
This plant has recently gained a lot of popularity with the revelations that it has weight losing capabilities.
Mehmet Oz, a renowned Turkish-American doctor, revealed in his television show in October 2010 that the plant can help one shed up to ten pounds in just one month. This news came as a great relief to the millions of people who are struggling with weight related complications. It has come to be described by terms such as ‘breakthrough supplement’ from those in the health industry.
How the Diet Works?
The African mango diet, despite being widely embraced today, is still a mystery to a good number of people. Contrary to common belief, it is not the fruit but the seed that is the source of the required supplements. The dika nuts, as they are popularly called, are crushed into pills and then taken as part of the diet. The supplements increase the body’s production of adiponectin which helps to burn out more fat. In addition, they suppress one’s appetite to ensure their eating habits are rectified.
The benefits that come with this diet have been the joy of many who have tried it. They include:
Oxidation of excess fats.
Lowering cholesterol levels.
Reducing inflammation thus fighting off a number of cancers.
A lot of research is still being done on this plant to ensure it is a safe option for all intending to lose weight.
Originally posted 2011-12-18 16:45:07.