In today's sedentary lifestyle, excess weight has become a major health problem. Over the last 50 years, people seek out an effective way to lose weight without sacrificing the foods they love or going through the hassles of gym classes. Even those restrictive and bland tasting low fat low calorie diets prescribed by weight management gurus are an imposition.
But not if you consume green coffee. That's not the usual roasted dark brown coffee beans you get from Starbucks or what you brew at home every morning. It's the freshly harvested coffee beans prior to being roasted. And they're green, not dark brown.
What makes them so special is their abundant Chlorogenic acids that have been benefiting mildly obese people since famous TV Doctors have featured green coffee extracts on their as early as 2011. The extract from the relatively unknown green coffee beans has shown its remarkable ability to reduce weight by 16 lbs over a 5-month period even without doing anything to curb your current diet or work in a gym.
Grown in short bush-like trees that sprout bright red berries, green coffee is harvested from its berry shell and roasted to release its distinct flavor and aroma that brewed coffee lovers enjoy. For centuries, coffee been served more like tea prepared from raw green coffee beans which the 9th century Ethiopians first discovered that coffee berries boosted the energy of the goats they tended when consuming them. They tasted bitter with none of the alluring aroma we associate with brewed roasted coffee. It wasn't long before the roasted them to become the dark brown coffee beans which when brewed releases the flavor and aroma we have come to know. You may ask what's so special about green coffee then? Apart from the fact that green coffee is among the most traded agricultural products in the commodities exchange market, it's the chlorogenic acid in the unroasted coffee beans that's now making waves. It is abundant in green coffee but is lost when it is roasted at temperatures reaching 475 degrees.
Chlorogenic acid extracted from green coffee has become a "miracle cure" for overweight people with studies that prove the following efficacies:
Slows the release of sugars from the foods we eat so the body burns fats
Helps prevent sugar from being stored as lipids
Regulates blood sugar levels
Reduces cholesterol levels
Inhibits the growth rate of new fats cells
Helps lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation
Overweight is a global health problem in developed countries and has prompted weight watchers to take weight loss supplements that has become an multi-billion dollar industry on its own. But issues of cost, side effects, and the discomforts of limiting the food they love or going into intensive workouts have led them to seek alternative naturally formulated over-the-counter nutraceuticals that promise weight loss without having to alter their lifestyles. One very promising herbal nutraceutical is green coffee bean extract (GCBE).
TV health celebrities featured the largely unknown green coffee back in May and September 2011 and referred to a 50% green coffee bean extract as a fat burner without the need for exercise or a low calorie diet. It soon leaped into popular consciousness as a powerful weight loss solution. Advertisers lost no time promoting the extract as a miracle fat burning alternative in its ability to slim waistlines and shed unwanted pounds without altering their lifestyles.
The anti-oxidative, anti-hypertensive, anti-obesity, and anti-cancer properties of chlorogenic acid have been the subject of several laboratory and clinical studies in the years before and after the green coffee been extract became popular as a health-giving diet supplement. All that health benefit can be traced to the chlorogenic acid compound and pother phenolic acids in the extract.
There are several diet supplements promoted as naturally formulated with the chlorogenic acid extracted from the green coffee bean. With the growing popularity of green coffee, these supplements are readily available from corner drugstores and pharmacies, health and fitness stores, as well as online. However, not all GCBE diet supplements are equal. Consider the following when buying one:
Be sure to read the label say it is Green Coffee Bean extract containing no less than 400 mg in 45% or 50% concentration of the potent chlorogenic acid or green coffee bean extract.. Anything less will require you to consume more to arrive at the right dosage for the promised health benefits.
Check the "other ingredients" in a GCBE label. They should not contain stearates, cellulose, silica or any additional fillers. Stay clear from supplements that contain "carbonites" or "sulfates" among the ingredients in their labels.
Reputable online health and medical stores offer money-back guarantees with the cost of re-stocking or shipping deducted. Some are better at it than others, be sure to patronize only commerce sites with proven customer satisfaction.
Chlorogenic acid or CGA is a powerful phytochemical compound formed as a biosynthetic ester of caffeic acid and quinic acid. It has been confirmed in several lab tests as one of the most potent antioxidants available in nature. Chlorogenic acid is found in prunes, peaches, bamboos sunflower seeds, blueberries, potatoes, eucommia leaf, eggplant, apples, tomatoes, Chinese parsley and is most naturally abundant in freshly harvested coffee beans with their natural green color. CGA is typically extracted from the raw Arabica and Robusta coffee beans. If not roasted, CGA content is preserved and gets extracted by pharmaceutical firms, formulated into diet supplements, and marketed as Green Coffee Bean Extract (GCBE).
When lowering cholesterol and improving cardiovascular health:
A wealth of clinical and lab studies have pointed to the ability of CGA to reduce the risk of heart disease associated with high cholesterol levels. As an anti-oxidant and free radical scavenging agent, CGA and lowers blood serum LDL cholesterol and prevents atherosclerosis. Among the chemical components of CGA is ferulic acid which is known to metabolize nitric oxide arising from vascular endothelium. This improves blood circulation to benefit hypertensive people.
When reducing the risk of diabetes:
The chlorogenic acid in CGA has demonstrated its health-restoring value for patients with diabetes. It slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream after eating, decrease glucose levels in the blood, and enhances insulin hormone production so that tissue cells can absorb glucose from the bloodstream faster.
When reducing body weight:
Glucose enters the bloodstream after consuming a meal and prompts the release of insulin that makes it easier for excess glucose to be stored as fat. By inhibiting glucose absorption into the bloodstream while hastening hepatic fat metabolism, CGA reduces fat absorption, so you don't gain weight even when consuming fat calories in excess of what you burn off. The fat absorption is reduced by inhibiting lipolytic enzyme activity from the action of feruloylquinic acid in CGA which is the most powerful functional inhibitor of glucose-6-phosphatase translocase (G6PT) enzyme considered critical in metabolizing sugar from ingested foods while regulating sugar regeneration. The liver automatically produces and regenerates hepatic glucose but this gets inhibited by CGA through the action of G6PT, thereby effectively suppressing weight gain.
While chlorogenic acid in green coffee can result in progressive weight loss over 5-6 months without doing anything about your consumptive and sedentary lifestyle, serious weight watchers, can achieve higher weight loss benefits when the supplementation attends a low fat diet and regular exercise.
GCBE has no documented side effects. And while green coffee has caffeine, the amount is significantly lower than that from roasted dark brown coffee beans. Even with such small amounts, concentrated chlorogenic acid in GCBE supplements are often decaffeinated to make it virtually caffeine-free. A cup of brewed coffee has 100 - 150 mg of caffeine while GCBE supplements contain only 8 - 23 mg of caffeine. That explains why GCBE has little or no caffeine side effect in recommended doses.