African mango is the common name of Irvingia gabonensis, a mango-like fruit that can be found in the forest of Angola, Congo, Nigeria, and southwest of Uganda, where the weather is humid. African mango usually grows in places where tropical wet and dry seasons are experienced.
African mango is also known as dika, as most people are familiar with. Every part of the fruit has a use. The fruit can be eaten fresh and is also perfect for being processed into jam, jelly, juice, or even wine. The pulp can be used as dye for clothes. The seed, although very small in size, also has many uses. Dika nuts, as this is commonly known, can also be eaten raw or roasted. By pounding, this can be made into butter or block chocolate. This is also pressed to produce edible oil and margarine, which can be used for cooking. After the oil had been extracted, it can then be used for making soap, cosmetics, and medicine. Aside from the seed, the bark and leaves of African mango also have medicinal properties. They can be used for the treatment of gastrointestinal problems and liver diseases.
Extract from the fruit of African mango has been known for years for having significant medicinal effects. The extract of African mango seed is good for people with high cholesterol and high sugar levels. It may be used as antiseptic for sores and wounds. It also helps in the treatment of cancer and heart disease, as it has significant anti-inflammatory properties.
Aside from the health benefits it gives, African mango extract is also proven to work as a fat burner. As it burns fat, it also suppresses the craving for food as it contains leptin, a satisfaction hormone. With control of appetite, losing weight will become easier. However, although the African mango works well for this purpose, it is also advised for people who take it to perform regular exercise, drink lots of water, and minimize food intake.