(Irvingia gabonensis)



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Ogbono is botanically known as Irvingia gabonensis

and is highly demanded due to its immense benefits.

Ogbono is a specie of African trees that belongs to the genus Irvingia.

The high demand for ogbono is due to its high socioeconomic,

nutritional and medicinal values.

Different parts of the world have different names for Irvingia gabonensis for example,

It is known as ugiri or ogbono by the Igbo people,

biri, goron, goronor by Hausa people, ogwi by the Benin people,

mbukpabuyo by the Ibibio and Efik people, oro, apon or aapon by Yoruba,

bobo, manguier or sauvage by French and apioro by the Deltan people.

It is equally known as dika, sweet bush mango, odika, iba-tree, chocolatier,

African mango, dika nut, duiker nut, manguier sauvage, wild mango, Irvingia and dika bread tree.

Some benefits of ogbono include;

Edible Purposes
Irvingia gabonensis fruit can be eaten as fresh fruit
The sweet pulp can be juiced or used for making smoothie, jelly, jam and wine.
The seeds can be pressed for vegetable oil or margarine.
The dried ogbono seeds can be ground and used for preparing ogbono soup,
stew, Gabon chocolate and dika bread.

Antidiabetic Properties
Diabetes has remained a challenging health condition that has caused the loss of several lives.
Irvingia gabonensis seed is capable of reducing fasting blood glucose levels in obese beings.
Antidiabetic properties of Irvingia gabonensis leaf and bark extracts on alloxan induced diabetic rats.
Aqueous extracts of leaf and bark of Irvingia gabonensis had more anti-diabetic activity
than the ethanolic extracts.

Weight Management
Reduction of food and caloric intakes help to maintain a healthy weight.
Evaluation the efficacy of Irvingia gabonensis seeds in the obesity management.
This suggests that Irvingia gabonensis seed is suitable for weight management.

Analgesic Properties
Water extract has analgesic effects similar to a narcotic analgesic.
Use of Irvingia gabonensis as a pain remedy.
The bark can be boiled and used for relieving tooth pain

Medicinal Tablets Production
Ogbono contains sticky wax (mucilage) that is useful for making medicinal tablets.
The wax
acts as a binding agent during tablets production.

Regulates Serum Cholesterol Level
Obese patients given Irvingia gabonensis had a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol,
triglycerides, total cholesterol with an increase in HDL cholesterol.
This suggests that Irvingia gabonensis is suitable for regulating the serum cholesterol levels.

Construction Purposes
The wood can be used as timber for construction purposes such as paving blocks,
railway ties, canoes, ship decking, pestles, mortars, boards and planks.

Dysentery Treatment
The bark can be decocted and used for treating dysentery and diarrhoea.
The bark can also be combined together with palm oil for treating diarrhoea.

Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
the methanolic extract of Irvingia gabonensis can be used for treating bacterial and fungal infections.

Dye Production
The fruit pulp can be used for producing black dye for dyeing cloths.
Both the roots and barks also contain tannin, which is suitable for dyeing.

Cosmetics Production
Pressed ogbono oil can be used for making cosmetics and soap.
The bark can be used for treating scabby skin.
The powdered kernels can be applied on the skin as a cosmetic to make the skin less oily.

Livestock Fodder Purposes
The fruits and seeds can serve as fodders
fed to farmland livestock such as goat, sheep, cow, cattle etc.

Offers Shades
The tree offers shade to other growing crops
such as maize, cocoa, yam and coffee.

Erosion Control
The trees can be planted for preventing and controlling erosion.

Ornamental Purposes
The trees can be planted for ornamental and beautification purposes.

Prevents Constipation
Being a rich source of dietary fibre,
ugiri fruit can be eaten to improve bowel functioning and for preventing constipation.

Aids Digestion
The dietary fibre present in this fruit also aids
easy digestion of food thereby preventing bloating .

Astringent Purposes
The powdered kernels can be used as an astringent applied to soothe burns.
The powdered kernels astringent can also be applied
to the skin to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions.

Dental Care
The stems of the tree can be used as
chewing sticks for cleaning teeth.


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