African Mango May Decrease Total Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol can take a heavy toll on the body, putting many patients at a higher risk for complications such as heart attack, stroke, and chest pain. But a 2005 study suggests that a pure African Mango supplement can lower total cholesterol levels, while also helping patients lose weight and shrink hip and waist size.

Scientists at Africa’s University of Yaoundé followed 40 obese men and women who took Pure African Mango three times a day for 28 days, with no dietary changes. The study found that the obese patients showed reduced cholesterol. According to scientists, “The obese patients under Irvingia gabonensis treatment also had a significant decrease of total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and an increase of HDL-cholesterol.”

“Its use should be further encouraged for the purposes of control dietary lipids and weight reduction,” said Dr. J. Oben, M.D., lead author of the study, which was published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease.

Nearly one in every six adults in America has high total cholesterol, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 16.3 percent of the U.S. adult population.  Patients often experience no symptoms until it is too late; however simple lifestyle changes such as losing even 5 to 10 pounds can help lower total cholesterol levels.