A craze for green coffee bean extract has hit the fat burning supplement world all due to a compound contained in green coffee beans called chlorogenic acid which offers beneficial effects on metabolism for weight loss. Dr. Oz publicized green coffee bean extract when he featured it on his show and referred to it as “a miracle pill” that “can burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight.” Obviously you cannot believe everything you hear and see in the media, but there are numerous scientific studies backing this claim.
Just what the Studies Say
There are multiple studies showing benefits of the chlorogenic acid on metabolism and weight reduction efforts but possibly the most widely used study used to market green coffee bean extract is published in 2012 in the scholarly journal “Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy”.
This study involved human subjects who consumed a high dose of green coffee bean extract supplement (1050mg) for 2 weeks, a low dose green coffee bean supplement (700mg) for 2 weeks, and a placebo for 2 weeks. There were two-week periods in between when the subjects did not take any of the three supplements. The study showed the green coffee bean extract supplementation led to decreases in body weight, body mass index, body fat percent, and even small decreases in heart rate. There were no significant modifications in the diet or exercise of the subjects and the changes happened when the subjects were taking green coffee bean extract.
The potential weight-loss factor behind green coffee bean extract and the chlorogenic acid it contains may have to do with chlorogenic acid effects on sugar absorption from starch and on fat synthesis in the body. In a study published in 2007 in “The Journal of International Medical Research”, researchers saw that when human subjects consumed instant coffee enriched with chlorogenic acid, they lost weight due to decreased absorption of glucose sugar. There are several studies on mice or rats, for example the study published in “Biochemical Pharmacology” in 2013, showing that chlorogenic acid decreases fat synthesis and improves cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Potential Additional Benefits
Scientists are also studying other possible benefits of chlorogenic acid – it may also boost your mood. In the journal “Psychopharmacology”, a study was published in 2012 suggesting caffeinated coffee enriched with chlorogenic acid and decaffeinated coffee enriched with a high amount of chlorogenic acid positively affected the mood and cognition of healthy seniors although, decaffeinated coffee enriched with a regular amount of chlorogenic acid did not have significant effects.
Should You Take a Green Coffee Bean Extract?
Many green coffee bean extract products have been proven to contain levels of green coffee bean extract differing from what is on the label. If you decide to try a green coffee bean extract supplement, it is a wise decision to examine different products. Talk to reliable sources for instance people you know who have tried green coffee bean products or your local vitamin and supplement store employees. Discuss it with a health care professional as well.
Keep in mind that the supplements used in the widely popular human study first mentioned, contained 45.9 percent chlorogenic acid. A minimum of 700mg of the green coffee bean extract supplement was taken daily. So a good beginning is to look for a product that contains at least 45.9 percent chlorogenic acid and a daily dose of at least 700mg.
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