The Caffeine Everyone’s Talking About: What’s All The Noise Around Green Coffee Beans?

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What are Green Coffee Beans?

Before we examine the weight loss and health benefits of Green Coffee Beans and where to buy the best ones, we should first understand their history.

Green Coffee Beans are regular coffee beans in their natural state, before they’ve been roasted and ground into our favorite beverage. When in this state, they possess a huge amount of a chemical compound called chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant and the element that is touted as a weight loss sensation.
What exactly is chlorogenic acid?

Chlorogenic acid is a compound that may help slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after eating[1]. Trading names include Svetol, and derivatives can be found in items like coffee, gum and mint candies. Chlorogenic acid may also help to lessen blood pressure, based on an article written in 2005[2] focused on human and rodent studies. The Japanese study determined that “results suggested that daily use of GCE has a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.”

So why choose to supplement your diet with Green Coffee Beans?

I drink coffee every day, and I don’t mean just a latte mid-morning, I’m a proper coffee nut and have been known to drink up to 8 coffees a day when I have deadlines looming. So I must admit, I did think “why bother with Green Coffee Beans when I already get a lot of caffeine each day?” So I was as shocked as you might be, when I found out all of the advantages of Green Coffee Beans besides weight reduction. Plus unfortunately all of the fat loss benefits of Green Coffee Beans are lost once the bean’s been roasted.

Here’s why you need to definitely consider adding green coffee beans to your day:

Proven weight loss; in a study in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, 16 subjects were given a placebo, 700mg daily or 1050mg daily for several weeks, changing every few weeks. With the higher dosage, subjects lost around 8kg and overall they lost an average of 18lb, or 10% of their bodyweight over the 22 weeks.
Proven weight loss #2; the Dr Oz show gave half its test subject a 400mg supplement and half a placebo and in just 2 weeks, those taking the supplement lost twice as much weight as those on the placebo. Just 2lb vs 1lb but it could add up over the weeks.
Key ingredient of GCB, chlorogenic acid, could help lower blood sugar levels; and reduce blood sugar spikes by 32%[3].
Chlorogenic acid helps the body get rid of fat efficiently and quickly.
Lower weight can help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes[4].
Antioxidants, to help fight free radicals in the body and reduce the potential risk of cancer.
Increased energy and concentration through caffeine consumption.
GCB could help reduce blood pressure, based on one study using animals and several tests on humans with mild hypertension.
Reduced blood pressure levels can lead to mental clarity, hormone function and detoxification capabilities.

How are Green Coffee Beans specifically associated with fat loss?

I’ve just outlined what all the benefits of Green Coffee Beans are, but how are they specifically related to weight reduction? Well, the chlorogenic acid within green coffee beans allows us to slim down in two ways:

1) It slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, making it more difficult for the body to create and store fat, and

2) It enhances the liver’s fat burning capabilities, targeting our existing fat stores first so that we burn off our body fat faster.

So there we go, we get rid of our fat and also inhibit the creation of new fat. That’s what I call a win win situation.

Green Coffee Beans: The Clinical Research

As with many of the new supplements available, the evidence supporting the weight loss claims is limited until further research is undertaken. It is surprising that more clinical research isn’t completed before the products go mainstream, which is indicative of our obsession with easy fat loss, I guess. Anyway, I’ve assembled a summary of the clinical evidence, so that you can understand expectations and make an informed decision of whether or not to try Green Coffee Bean Extract for yourself:

The study detailed above conducted in India discovered that over 22 weeks, subjects lost on average 18 lbs, with notably more weight loss when on higher dosages than lower or a placebo. Pros: positive findings. Cons: limited study (16 people), conducted by GCB producer.

A study conducted on mice[5] found that “Caffeine and chlorogenic acid showed a propensity to reduce visceral fat and body weight”. Pros: found that weight gain and fat accumulation is reduced using caffeine and GCBs. Cons: study on male only mice, not humans.
Another study conducted on mice[6] intravenously fed chlorogenic acid noted that fatty liver deposits were reduced by 24%. Pros: resulting fat loss and improved liver function for better metabolism. Cons: study on mice, not humans.
Are Green Coffee Beans safe to use?

Green Coffee Bean Extract is a natural occurring compound, so should be suitable to anyone that doesn’t have an adverse reaction to coffee or caffeine. But, until more studies have been undertaken, it is recommended that the subsequent people should avoid it, or use it under medical supervision:

Those with anxiety disorders
Sufferers of bleeding disorders
Diabetics;
Sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or diarrhea symptoms worse
Sufferers of glaucoma
Those with high blood pressure or hypertension
Osteoporosis sufferers
Pregnant, trying to conceive and nursing

Green Coffee Bean Dosage

Some sites recommend between 100mg and 200mg a day, others recommend 400mg twice or three times a day. The main clinical study on humans dosed with up to 1,050mg a day (350mg two or three times a day). So make an effort to to stick to the guidelines on your chosen brand. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, try starting low and increasing your dosage as you like.

Take them on an empty stomach, 30 minutes before a meal. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, I would suggest taking them in the morning and afternoon, not at night, to avoid any sleeping disruption.

Green-Fu’s proportions of Green Coffee Bean Extract (a.k.a Green Chlorogenic Acid/GCA/Svetol), Magical Plant Proteins, Vitamins, and Essential Minerals, makes this today’s most exciting Weight Loss and Fat Burning Solution.

Sources:

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorogenic_acid

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16419643

[3] http://www.naturalnews.com/035903_coffee_bean_extract_antioxidants.html

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20171062

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1513603/

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12550056

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