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.
- Cholesterol: Irvingia gabonensis seeds might lower cholesterol because of their high fiber content. The fiber increases removal of cholesterol from the body.
- Obesity: 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Source: WebMD, “Irvingia Gabonensis”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/