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The Benefits of Green Coffee Extract

January 3rd, 2011

green-coffee-bean-extract.jpgLike many products we might find desirable, coffee has a somewhat maligned reputation in certain quarters. The doctors tell us that too much coffee is bad for you, while dentists tell us to cut down on strong coffee to avoid staining our teeth. But like many naturally occurring plants that have been capitalized on by the corporate machine and mass processed for convenient consumption, the coffee bean holds strong nutritional values which can be harnessed if kept as untouched as possible.

Green coffee beans that have not yet been roasted are surprisingly low in caffeine content and high chlorogenic and caffeic acid. The former can be found in many everyday food items with the latter being well known for the antioxidant powers it holds. Using extract from the green coffee beans allows the optimum amount of both acids to be harnessed. And the green coffee extract supplements which are now fairly commonly available do exactly that. Consumers are generally advised to take up to 3 capsules a day, ideally with a meal, to get the most out of the extract.

What’s in it for me?

In addition to promoting healthy weight loss, research has shown other benefits, including the reduction of free radical caused oxidative stress. This is one of the most common causes of early aging and ill health. And whilst not supported by medical research, it is also supposed that as a supplement it may support natural regeneration of cells.

As the extract has properties which inhibit certain enzymes in the body, maintenance of a balanced BMI along with an even metabolic rate can also result from regular use. It is for this reason that the supplement is promoted as a weight control aid. However, it is important to remember that like any other nutritional supplement, it only works as part of a balanced diet and does not replace any key food groups required from unprocessed food. It works together with other nutrients to attain all these goals. A particularly effective attribute is how the green coffee extract shuts down the glucose pathway which means the body is required to burn fat to be used as energy. Of course some amount of fat needs to be consumed for this function to take place.

Be careful

As we’re told there’s no magical elixir or pleasure without pain, here are the negatives to watch out for if taking the supplements or considering starting. This is not suitable for persons under the age of 18, pregnant women or even women who are still lactating. It is also advised that people who have a diagnosed eating disorder avoid consumption. In any case, consultation with a GP (General Practitioner) is encouraged before starting to take these and it is important to remember that they do contain caffeine, which means that consuming too much can cause the typical effects of overcaffeination such as nervousness, lack of concentration, insomnia, and anxiety.

This article on green coffee extract was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.

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