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December 3, 2016

African Mango Plus Review

African Mango Plus

African Mango Plus looks pretty convincing at AfricanMangoPlus.com.

With images of exotic and beautifully thin women, African Mango Plus looks like the miracle solution for slimming down effortlessly.

Supposedly this formula will increase metabolism, enhance fat oxidation, fight fatigue, and boost energy for the ultimate weight loss experience.

According to advertisements, African Mango Plus will melt inches off your waist, butt, and thighs, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

But will it really work?

African Mango for Weight Loss

Ever since Dr. Oz praised African mango as a “miracle in your medicine cabinet,” the weight loss world has gone gaga for African mango.

Consequently, there are many African mango fat burners, appetite suppressants, and supplements such as African Mango Plus to satisfy this demand.

Nevertheless, there are numerous studies verifying African mango’s weight loss potential and health benefits.

For example, a 2009 study involving 102 overweight volunteers demonstrated its effects. The study showed that an African mango extract known as IGOB131 significantly improved “body weight, body fat, and waist circumference as well as plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin and leptin levels.” [1]

The recommended African mango dosage for losing weight is 150 mg taken 3 times daily, and African Mango Plus provides that exact amount.
That means it should work, right?

Well. . . not exactly. . .

If African Mango Plus offered genuine African mango extract (which is trademarked and owned by Gateway Health Alliances), then the product could have a significant impact on weight loss results.
However, very few products actually have certified African mango.

According to Steve Hassid, patent and Trademark counsel for GHA, “Knock-off infringers who try to improperly benefit from my client’s research, intellectual property, and good will, will be stopped. . .Since the campaign started, numerous parties have contacted me and my client requesting a voluntary license of GHA’s technology to avoid legal action.” [2]

Whether African Mango Plus has license to this technology is unknown.

Additional Ingredients

So if the African mango is questionable, what other ingredients are in African Mango Plus that could potentially promote weight loss?

Green Tea Leaf Extract. Green tea leaf is naturally rich in catechins, antioxidants, and polyphenols – all of which contribute to a healthy immune system and better metabolism. Recommended green tea dosage varies ranges between 240-320 mg per day. African mango contains 225 mg green tea leaf per serving.

EGCG. This antioxidant is commonly found in green tea. One study shows green tea with EGCG supplementation leads to a reduction in body fat, LDL cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease risks. [3] However, this study involved a green tea extract containing 583 mg catechins and African Mango Plus only provides 135 mg per serving.

Caffeine. Caffeine acts on the central nervous system to boost energy and suppress appetite. Recommended caffeine dosages vary between 20 to 200 mg taken 3 times daily. African Mango Plus contains 200 mg per serving. This is enough to promote weight loss, but it might not be safe for some consumers.

african mango plus supplement factsL-Theanine. This amino acid is structurally similar to glutamate, a compound that regulates nerve impulses in the brain. Some speculate theanine mimics glutamate’s effects while others think it blocks glutamate.

Animal studies suggest theanine, which combined with caffeine and green tea, have a positive effect on weight increase and fat accumulation. [4]

However, there is not enough information at this time to know theanine’s full effects on human weight loss.

Is African Mango Plus Safe to Use?

African Mango Plus has many potential negative side effects, none of which are listed on the website.

Due to its high caffeine content, African Mango Plus may cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and more.

Many users who were unused to drinking caffeine reported side effects so severe that they didn’t use the product for more than a few days.

Viktoria Yuger at Amazon.com wrote, “felt way too much energy and the product seemed to accumulate in my system over the days I had taken it. After about five days I couldn’t take it anymore and it took about two more to sleep as I usually do. I really did feel less hungry but the fast heartbeat made me worry. I cannot see how taking something like this is good. On the final day of taking the product I went to work and several people asked me why I seemed “off”. I felt too much energy, like I couldn’t relax. That was enough for me…I really did want this to work but losing a few pounds isn’t worth hurting my body.”

Was It Really Featured on ABC?

AfricanMangoPlus.com, like so many other diet pill websites, toes the line when it comes to legality. . . .

The website is set up in such a way that it makes you think African Mango Plus has been advertised on ABC and is taking Hollywood by storm, but the product itself is never mentioned in the same sentence.

For example, “A popular Medical show on ABC featured the use of Irvingia Gabonensis, otherwise known as African mango, had proven to be effective when used as a supplement during weight loss programs.”

But if you read the teeny tiny print underneath the same blurb, you’ll see “not African Mango Plus” in parenthesis.

Then further on down the page, you’ll see this bit of fine print:

“African Mango Plus is not affiliated in any way with CNN, ABC, NBC & MSN. CNN, ABC, NBC &MSN are registered trademarks of their respective owners.”

Need another example?

Every photo of a slim model (and even professional doctor) has “stock photo” written off to the side in discreet, nearly invisible font. These brightly colored, smiling people did not achieve their amazing figures through the use of African Mango Plus.

But apparently the flashy appearance is more than enough to lure consumers into buying the formula.

Product Pricing

African Mango Plus advertisements are almost everywhere . And due to their affiliate program, many users are trying to make money off of African Mango Plus’ success.

Consequently, you’ll want to be careful where you buy your African Mango Plus should you decide to buy it after all.

If you order from AfricanMangoPlus.com, you can buy African Mango Plus as part of a 2-month package that costs $89.95 plus an additional $6.97 in shipping and handling.

To make this deal look more appealing, African Mango Plus advertises a “mail-in coupon” which subtracts nearly $90 from the total price.

However, dieters should always read the fine print before purchasing.

According to the terms, you must purchase four refills and complete a coupon form before you’ll be eligible for the discount. You can request a refill every thirty days and pay $14.97 per order – this totals to $59.88. This makes your discount about $30, and the manufacturers managed to squeeze out of you $150 (less the $30 discount) before you’ll even see a cent.

Should you decide to buy from sites such as Amazon.com, you can buy African Mango Plus for about $33.91 per bottle, or as part of a 3 bottle package for $94.95.

What Consumers are Saying

Despite unbelievably glowing testimonials on African Mango Plus, the average consumer didn’t like what the diet pill had to offer.

According to a buyer at Amazon.com, “…200mg of caffeine. . . .I felt sick/nausea to my stomach and had a lethal headache. Obviously a side effect of the caffeine intake. I after a week of hell it started to subside after the eighth or ninth day. . . Anyway its been about four weeks and I haven’t noticed a thing.”

And Claude adds, “i did not find this product helpful in the least bit. i did not lose any weight and find this a waste of money.”

The few consumers who did enjoy African Mango Plus also wrote extremely positive reviews on similar products, making me wonder if the review was paid rather than genuine.

Return Policies

According to the Terms of Service page, manufacturers “take great pride in the superior quality of our products and want you to be pleased with your purchase.” Consequently, you may return your item within 90 days of the purchase date.

However, the return policy only covers unopened, unused items. If you purchase merchandise through a “buy three, get three deal” or similar offer, you have to return all the products (even the free ones) to receive a refund.

Shipping and handling fees are non-refundable, and there’s a restocking fee of $6 per item.

Are the Manufacturers Reliable?

African Mango Plus manufacturers are not listed anywhere at AfricanMangoPlus.com. I could not find a trace of the company who owns the product.

Consequently, I was unable to find if the company was BBB (Better Business Bureau) accredited or if the company had a reliable reputation for customer service.

Carmen at Amazon.com warns, “do not buy the mango or colon pills on the actual website bc IT IS A SCAM. they say you can try the product for 2 weeks and if you dont like it, you can return it and get your money back. THAT IS A LIE. for example, if you buy the pills and only have them for less than two weeks, and return them before the 2 week period is over, they will CHARGE YOUR ACCOUNT. if you return them after the two weeks, they will still charge your account. so basically, when you decide to cancel, you will be charged. not matter what. and the thing is, you can tell it’s a scam by how cheap it is. on the official website, i bought the mango pills for 7 dollars and on the colon cleanser website, i bought the pills for 2 dollars.”

Not exactly an encouraging statement, is it?

Final Thoughts

While African mango products have a lot to offer when it comes to losing weight and slimming down, I’m not particularly impressed with African Mango Plus. Although it contains African mango, many of the potentially beneficial effects are outweighed by caffeine’s side effects.

Many dieters couldn’t handle the 200 mg caffeine dose per serving, and few bothered to use the product for longer than a week.

I think there are more reliable, more effective supplements available than African Mango Plus. Until I know more about African Mango Plus, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it.

References

[1] Ngondi et al. “IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation.” Lipids in Health and Disease. 2009; 8: 7. Published online 2009 March 2. doi: 10.1186/1476-511X-8-7/. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2651880/

[2] “Gateway Health Alliances (GHA) Enforcement Actions Taken.” GlobeNewswire. Feb 24, 2012. Available from: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2012/02/24/469012/247094/en/Gateway-Health-Alliances-GHA-Enforcement-Actions-Taken.html

[3] Nagao T, Hase T, Tokimitsu I. “A green tea extract high in catechins reduces body fat and cardiovascular risks in humans. “ Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Jun;15(6):1473-83. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17557985?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVAbstractPlus

[4] Zheng G et al. “Anti-obesity effects of three major components of green tea, catechins, caffeine, and theanine in mice.” In Vivo. 2004. Jan-Feb; 18(1):55-62. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15011752


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