According to a small preliminary study done in India from the University of Pennsylvania, Scranton, green coffee beans may help people lose weight.
Sixteen overweight men and women who did not change their diet or exercise regimens took green coffee etract supplements and lost an average of 17 pounds over twenty-two weeks. The actual number of pounds lost per person varied from seven to 26 pounds.
According to research author and chemist Dr. Joe Vinson, the study consisted of giving participants 1,050 mgs of unroasted low dose green coffee bean extract every day. Vinson also noted that no side effects were reported.
Vinson does not believe it’s the caffeine in green coffee that helps people lose weight. He suspects people lose weight because of the chlorogenic acid found in unroasted green coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid is a plant compound that likely affects the absorption of glucose, says Vinson. Because roasting green coffee beans breaks down the chlorogenic acid, drinking green coffee would probably not be as effective for weight loss.
Vinson stated another study is planned in the near future with more participants.
Green Coffe Extract
Green coffee extract is available in supplements, and it is also relatively inexpensive. You can purchase it at most health food stores or at Amazon.
Source Naturals has sent information to the United States Food and Drug Administration about its product and it’s available for purchase at Amazon: however, this does not mean it has been thoroughly tested.
Green Coffee Weight Loss Warnings
Before taking green coffee extract supplements, it’s important to speak with a doctor first, especially if you’re taking any prescription medication because there may be interactions.
Here are some other things to keep in mind about losing weight with green coffee supplements:
- The green coffee study was funded by Applied Food Sciences of Austin, Texas, which is a manufacturer of green-coffee supplements.
- The study has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
- Most weight loss supplements are not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration; therefore, they do not have to be tested for safety, efficacy, or purity before going on the market.
- Green coffee is extremely bitter and should be taken before meals and taken with a lot of water.
- Further studies need to be done to ensure there are no health risks from taking high concentrations of green coffee extract, says Dr. Arthur Grollman, a pharmacologist at State University New York, Stony Brook in the March 27, 2012 Los Angeles Times article, “Green Coffee Beans Show Potential for Losing Weight.”
- It’s important to purchase pure green coffee extract for the best results. According to Dr. Oz’s Web site, it’s important to be sure to find green coffee extract supplements that do not contain additional fillers. It’s recommended to take in 400 mg capsule form and to make sure the product is pure and contains absolutely no “fillers or binders.” Take two capsules about a half hour before meals two to three times a day, and be sure to drink plenty of water (DoctorOz.com Green Coffee Bean Burns Fat Fast).