Just about everyone, whether they’re trying to lose weight or not, will have heard about the new trend in dieting: green coffee bean extract. There’s plenty of Buzz on the internet and controversial TV celebrity, Dr Oz has plenty to say about its efficacy, but what’s all the buzz about? Does green coffee bean extract really burn fat? What is it and if it works, how does it work?
Green coffee beans are the unroasted, raw seeds of the coffee plant. Usually coffee beans are roasted and ground and turned into the beverage you probably start your day with. However, the roasting process destroys the special ingredients that make green coffee bean extract such a great weight loss aid. Like most natural products, coffee consists of literally hundreds of chemical components each of which affects the body in a different way.
Of course, everyone knows that coffee contains caffeine and that caffeine is itself quite a potent ingredient, but green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid, quinides, lignans and trigonelline which have been shown to slow the metabolism of glucose in the body.
Chlorogenic acid works by inhibiting an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphatase. What this enzyme usually ds is to help the liver to form glucose. Although the roasting process destroys most of the chlorogenic acid in coffee, it has long been noted that regular coffee drinkers are less likely to contract glycemic disorders such as diabetes than their non-coffee drinking counterparts.
Most researches subscribe to the opinion that chlorogenic acid is the substance behind green coffee bean extract’s ability to allow for increased weight loss in dieters. Evidence from research suggests that chlorogenic acid, apart from inhibiting the glucose-6-phosphotase enzyme, also ensures that fat from foods is not absorbed. At the same time, it promotes the metabolism of fat that is already in the body. If you’re wondering why we don’t just drink coffee made from unroasted coffee beans, the answer is simple: it won’t taste nice. Green coffee beans have an extremely bitter flavor.
A study published in the January 2012 issue of the journal ‘Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and obesity’ followed the effects of different doses of chlorogenic acid on a group of 16 overweight adults. They were given doses ranging from 700 to 1050 mg per day for 12 weeks and the results were carefully recorded. All the subjects had a BMI higher than 25 which is well above normal.
The extract used in the study is known as GCA and it contains chlorogenic acid as well as other hydroxycinnamic acids with antioxidant effects. The results after 12 weeks of treatment were astounding: test subjects lost on average 18 pounds which amounted to a 4.4% average reduction in body fat.
A host of brands have proliferated on the market, so be cautious regarding the ingredients of any green coffee bean extract product. Check the dosage and concentration since the average recommended dose is 400mg of chlorogenic acid. The chlorogenic acid percentage should be listed on the bottle and the product should contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid.
Svetol green coffee bean extract is the most sought after green coffee bean extract. Do you research on it to find out if it is suitable for you.