Who would have ever thought weight loss and coffee would be used in the same sentence, carrying the same merit?
Yes you heard right, unroasted coffee beans are an innovative weight loss trend that has everyone buzzing.
A recent clinical studies sponsored by Applied Food Sciences has concluded with positive results illustrating a promising future for those striving to achieve weight loss.
Green Coffee Beans
In simple terms, these are just Robusta variety coffee beans that are raw and unroasted beans.
The coffee we consume is always roasted, which is why it’s brown in appearance. All coffee beans contain a natural compound named chlorogenic acid.
In green coffee beans, this is the active weight loss ingredient.
The roasting process of coffee beans drastically alters the chemical makeup and destroys beneficial antioxidants, most notably chlorogenic acid.
Therefore the weight loss component is not active in brewed coffee.
What is Chlorogenic Acid?
Chlorogenic Acid is abundant in a range of natural plants and foods including eggplant, plums, apple, kiwi, cherries, and artichokes.
Although a wide variety of food sources contain chlorogenic acid, the primary source is found in raw unroasted green coffee beans.
It also provides numerous health benefits in addition to the advantages of weight loss.
How does this Coffee Bean Aid in Weight Loss?
Chlorogenic acid is a natural phytochemical which has been shown to prevent the release of glucose into the blood.
Glucose, which is stored in the liver is released into the bloodstream in a process called glycogenolysis which is then used for energy.
Chlorogenic acid acts as an inhibitor to this process, therefore the body uses the energy instead from fat cells to fuel the body.
This reduces the glucose levels found in the blood producing great natural weight loss results.
It also may aid in weight loss by increasing the overall body heat that is created, thus promoting thermogenesis.
Thermogenesis is a natural bodily process that burns fat for energy.
What additional Health Benefits Does Green Coffee Provide?
Preventing free radicals; chlorogenic acid is a polyphenol which operates as an antioxidant, preventing carcinogenic compounds from damaging cells, tissue and organs, which can create mutations and further develop certain diseases.
In fact, the antioxidant strength from green coffee beans is higher than grape seed or green tea extract.
While promoting healthy blood sugar levels; several studies found people who ingest chlorogenic acid are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes because of it’s effects on glucose metabolism.
Supporting cardiovascular health; recent clinical studies of chlorogenic acid ingestion show a decrease in blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic.
Chlorogenic acid is also responsible for inhibiting the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), commonly known as the bad cholesterol, which can damage and build plaque on artery walls.
In What Form are Green Coffee Beans Sold?
The most popular form is a pure green coffee bean extract.
Chlorogenic Acid is extracted from the raw bean to produce a plant concentrate that maintains the original characteristics of the bean to preserve the benefits.
However, the extraction procedure removes a majority of caffeine content found in coffee beans, therefore ingesting green coffee bean extract will not cause the common effects of drinking coffee such as shaking and nervousness.
A promise of losing weight without the effort of drastic lifestyle changes, save taking green coffee bean extract seems too good to be true.
Users and scientists alike share this feeling as the advances in science uncover more truths about this superfood.
Owing to the fact that this is a recent development to the health world, additional research is being performed at an accelerated rate.
However, the health benefits mentioned above would be reason enough to add this extract to one’s diet.
Concluding with one quick recommendation, drink plenty of water when consuming green coffee bean extract as raw coffee beans are extremely bitter.
However, as quoted by Dr. Oz, “when it comes to your health, bitter is better.”
*This article was written by Libby Berg; one of our favorite guest bloggers.