What is Green Coffee Extract and What Does It Do?
Green coffee extract sounds like a good idea to a lot of people just based on the word “coffee.” However, if you have an interest in weight loss, you at least know that it has something to do with burning away fat. What is green coffee extract? What does it do for you? Does it really work? Where can you get it? No doubt, these and other questions just popped into your head as you were reading the first couple of sentences of this paragraph. Read on for some answers.
What is it?
Green coffee extract, often called green coffee bean extract, is a new nutritional supplement on the market that contains powerful, natural anti-oxidants similar in function to grape seed extract or green tea. It is called green coffee because the beans are not roasted, which would effectively break down and destroy most of the anti-oxidants. When produced in standardized strengths, green coffee bean extract will contain 30 to 50 percent of the active ingredient, chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid absorbs two factors in the body that lead to cell degradation: free oxygen radicals and hydroxyl radicals. Of the two types of coffee plants, robusta and arabica, arabica has the higher concentrations of chlorogenic acids, so this is the type best used for green coffee.
What Does Green Coffee Extract Do For You?
Green coffee bean extract has been shown to help with weight loss by burning fat. Studies have shown that body weight and percent of body fat were reduced when taking a commercial extract. Other studies have shown that the active ingredient in green coffee, chlorogenic acid, will reduce high blood pressure in both humans and rats.
Does It Really Work?
There is strong scientific evidence that the benefits mentioned above are very real. The weight loss benefit has been born out in both human and animal tests. The University of Scranton did a very objective human study that confirmed the findings of earlier animal experiments on the weight loss benefits. This clinical trial was a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study. That means that patients were assigned green coffee extract or placebo at random. The results for each subject were recorded, but neither the subjects of the study nor the scientists conducting the trial were informed about who received the extract and who receive a placebo until the end of the study and all the data was recorded. This methodology eliminated the possibility that either conscious or unconscious bias affected the outcome.
Similar studies were conducted to determine the efficacy of green coffee bean extract’s use to lower high blood pressure. These studies were conducted at Kao Corporation’s laboratories in Tokyo, Japan with both human and animal studies. Like the weight loss study, this was a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
Where can you get it?
Green coffee extract can be found in most health food stores, and the demand is growing. It is probably only a matter of time before the drug store and grocery chains begin to stock it on their nutritional supplements aisles. Until then, you may need to go out of your way a little to find it, but it will probably be more than worth the effort.