Adverse Effects And Reactions Allergies And Toxicity

Irvingia gabonensis is part of the staple diet, and is consumed in very large quantities, in various Nigerian and Cameroonian tribes. It is available and sold worldwide in supermarkets and restaurants as Ogbono and Ogbono soup, respectively. Unlike certain nuts and seeds, which form



Beneficial properties of Irvingia gabonensi the most common food allergens, there are no reports in the literature of IG consumption resulting in an allergic reaction. Toxicity studies by Matsinkou (2010) failed to establish any level of toxicity of the ground IG seeds.

In clinical trials reported by Ngondi et al. (2009), a small number of participants reported difficulty sleeping, headaches, and intestinal flatulence after consumption of IGOB131. These conditions were, however, also reported in participants on placebo, indicating that the effect may not necessarily be due to IG.

• Irvingia gabonensis is widely used as a food in many countries in Central Africa.

• The cultivation of IG has only occurred in recent years, as a result of deforestation and an increase in the demand for this non-timber forestry product.

• The seeds of IG are the most important and sought-after part of the plant.

• The seeds and the seed extracts of IG have many health benefits, including the management of the different components of metabolic syndrome and oxidative stress.

• The beneficial health properties of IG are a result of its rich content of various bioactive phytochemicals.

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