Fact or Ficton: Green Coffee Bean Extract - is the Buzz really worth it?

There has been a lot of hype about green coffee bean extract and it's fat burning capabilities. The Dr. Oz show referred to it as "the green coffee bean that burns fat fast"... but is the hype true?

Jamie wrote a post about Starbucks Refreshers which contain green coffee bean extract - click here to read about it!

So, what is green coffee bean extract? 
Green coffee beans are just coffee beans that are not roasted. These coffee beans contain a higher amount of the chemical chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid is believed to help the body manage blood sugar and metabolism. When coffee beans are roasted it removes a large portion of it's chlorogenic acid and that is why green coffee beans (raw/unroasted) are one of the best natural sources for chlorgenic acid.

What does the research say? 
Research shows that green coffee extract (Svetol®, GCA®) at a dose of 80-200mg containing at least 45% Chlorogenic acid daily might cause modest weight loss over a period of 12 weeks. However, the research so far is preliminary and poor quality.

So does green coffee bean extract = fat burning? 
Sadly, the answer is No. It may help slow the absorption and breakdown of fat. However do not expect to see the pounds and fat melt off with this supplement. 

Is it Safe? 
Just like regular coffee, green coffee bean contains caffeine. Therefore, green coffee can cause caffeine-related side effects such as: stomach upset, restlessness, insomnia, GI upset, headache and other side effects. Always check with your ND or other healthcare professional before starting any supplement. 

It is important to understand that there is no pill that is more effective than a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen.

Best in Health, 



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