Ogbono is one of our major soups here in Nigeria. Its a soup we eat regularly. Ogbono is actually good for health, and weight loss, but when used to make soup, what determines the calorie content is actually the additives in the soup, your PALM OIL and all that.
However, today, we are not talking about the amount of calories in Ogbono soup, Rather, we are going to talk about the medicinal/herbal value of Ogbono Seed.
You would be shocked that our very own Ogbono seed is now being sold abroad, as a drug for weight loss.
The scientific name of Ogbono seed is Irvingia gabonensis. They have converted it to powder form and put into capsules, and it is being sold as a weight loss drug!!! A bottle of about 120 capsules is sold for fifty dollars or thereabout.
Now how does Ogbono seed work for Weight Loss?
Ogbono seed is said to promote weight loss in various ways. One of the emthods by which it does so is via inhibition of the enzyme called amylase. Amylase is responsible for absorption of sugar in the body. By decreasing the level of amylase, less sugar is absorbed by the body.
The second method by wich it does this is to increase the level of a hormone known as adiponectin.
Ogbono helps weight loss by also increasing the levels of leptin in the body, a hormone that reduces the apetite!
Lastly, Ogbono helps weight loss by inhibiting an enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, and by doing this, it reduces the amount of blood sugar converted to fat.
Case study done Abroad actually showed that the seeds help to achieve weight loss.
Who would have ever guessed that our Ogbono Seed would ever become a weight loss supplement?