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Green Coffee Bean Extract: What Is It And What’s It Used For?

Coffee often gives a refreshing start to an otherwise groggy morning!

With Coffee estates growing an increasing variety of coffee beans; coffee brands setting up global coffee-house chains; brew masters creating the right blends to titillate our taste buds and dieticians recommending ‘green coffee bean extract,’ for better health…this traditional drink has come a very long way!

What is Green Coffee Bean Extract? 

If you are wondering what exactly ‘green coffee bean extract’ means, it stands for the extract, derived from unroasted coffee beans found inside coffee cherries. The reason behind roasting coffee beans is to essentially make them less bitter. While they are called coffee beans because they look like beans, these are in reality coffee seeds. ‘Arabica’ and ‘Robusta’ are among the two most popular economic variety of coffee beans cultivated worldwide.

Why Green Coffee Bean Extract is in Demand

Studies show that, unroasted coffee beans contain a higher level of ‘chlorogenic acid’ as compared to roasted coffee beans. The reason behind people wanting a higher level of this chemical through a daily dose of green coffee bean extract, is essentially because of its health benefits. “Coffee is a notable source of caffeine. However, coffee’s effects on glycemic control and weight loss have been attributed to its other components, including chlorogenic acid, quinides, lignans, and trigonelline, all of which have been shown to improve glucose metabolism in animal studies,” states Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz, Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality.

While green coffee bean extract has numerous benefits, before buying it “…make sure you look at the list of ingredients…it should contain the chlorogenic acid extract, which can be listed as any of the following: GCA® (green coffee antioxidant) Svetol®. Also, look for a capsule that contains at least 45% chlorogenic acid,” he advises.

Green Coffee Bean Extract: What Is It And What's It Used For?Uses and Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extract

High in Antioxidants

‘Chlorogenic acid,’ is a phytochemical in the category of Hydroxycinnamic acids and besides green coffee bean extract, is also found in sunflower, strawberries, pineapple and blueberries. Phytochemicals like chlorogenic acid, are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants and fruits and have proven health benefits. However, modern processing techniques including roasting, cooking and heating, destroys and removes chlorogenic acid and other  polyphone compounds in coffee beans. It is out of this growing awareness, that people are preferring to drink coffee prepared from ‘green coffee bean extract’ rather than the ‘regular roasted and ground’ variety.

Inexpensive and Effective Weight Loss Formula

Green coffee bean extract, is being called the wonder drink for weight loss. A CBS News report, on a study led by Dr. Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton in Pa, stated: “Participants were told to take three green coffee capsules each day, 30 minutes before each meal with lots of water, due to the pill’s bitterness… All the participants were monitored for their overall diet and exercise. Throughout the study, participants ate on average 2,400 calories a day and had a calorie expenditure of 400 calories, nowhere near the levels required for weight loss. What effects did green coffee have? After the study, participants lost an average of 17 pounds, which broke down to a 10.5 percent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 percent decrease in body fat.”

Reduces Blood Pressure

Findings that emerged from this study also revealed that there was ‘a two beats-per-minute reduction in heart rate among participants.’ Based on this, Dr. Vinson stated that, while he would not recommend high blood pressure patients to forego prescribed medicine, green coffee could help in reducing their hypertension.

Diabetes Prevention in Future

Speaking on the beneficial effects of green coffee bean extract on diabetes, at  the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2013,  Dr. Vinson stated, “…The evidence points to chlorogenic acids as the active ingredients in coffee that both prevent diabetes and improve glucose control in normal, pre-diabetic and diabetic people.”

 

 

 

 

 

This article was written by Andrea Hart, a food writer and coffee connoisseur currently researching and personally testing out the benefits of green coffee bean extract.

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