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Old 09-20-2010, 07:42 AM
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Default A New Slimming Superfruit

A new superfruit has hit the weight-loss scene with a recommendation from Oprah’s favorite doctor, Dr. Oz. Irvingia Gabonensis, a supplement made from the African Mango tree, suppresses appetite by affecting the amount of leptin in the bloodstream, and, according to a blog on The Family Kitchen, it has no known side effects. Web MD, on the other hand, said some consumers should be cautious.

The posting on The Family Kitchen by Brooke McLay explained leptin is a hormone secreted by the brain to signal the body that it’s full. She said supplementing a healthy diet with high doses of Irvingia Gabonensis increases satiety and thus, promotes weight loss.

She noted researchers found subjects who took an extract of the African Mango, a rare mango harvested in the rainforests of Cameroon, Africa, lost an average of 12.3 pounds in 28 days. The study, published in Lipids Health & Disease, also found the extract to increase metabolism and boost weight loss by more than 800 percent compared to placebo, according to McLay. An additional study showed a 39-percent reduction in cholesterol levels in individuals taking irvingia gabonensis.

Pure African Mango extract contains no stimulants, and has no known side effects, she added.

Web MD noted people also take Irvingia gabonensis to help control of diabetes, and it may lower cholesterol because of its high fiber content. Also, it said some research suggests Irvingia gabonensis seeds might also affect fat cells, which might reduce fat cell growth and increase the breakdown of fats.

However, Web MD cautioned there is insufficient evidence for the treatment of high cholesterol, obesity or diabetes. It said “low-quality" research shows Irvingia gabonensis seed extracts might reduce bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels in people who are overweight. On the obesity front, Web MD said 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 it called this research “poor quality."

Web MD noted 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, Web MD said, in contrast to the Family Kitchen blog. It recommended pregnant and breast-feeding mothers to avoid using Irvingia gabonensis because not enough is known about the use of the supplement.

If it is a rare mango, it won't be for long. It will be extinct. Though, if popular, it will be well maintained and repopulated.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:04 AM
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in all honest.y very simple fruits can do half of these things as well, so this is nothing special. looking for the new "wonder drug" is simply a wrong mindset and solid fundamentals and principles will work better. so fruits like apples and oranges are good here - apples in particular reducing carbohydrates in the evening will also stop you gaining weight
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Web MD is sponsored by big pharma, thus deserves no credibility.
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