Generally foods contain complex mixtures of polyphenols. These have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action which help decrease free-radicals. Good sources of polyphenols are fruit and vegetables, green tea, black tea, red wine, coffee, chocolate, olives and extra virgin olive oil, herbs, spices, nuts and algae.
Chlorogenic acid is one of the phenols found in raw green coffee. It has been shown to slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal and help stimulate fat metabolism in the liver which induces weight loss. Unfortunately a regular cup of brewed coffee does not have the same effect on weight loss because when coffee is cleaned, roasted, ground and brewed, the active ingredient is lost.
The recommended dose for an adult is 400 mg 30 minutes before each meal. Studies have shown on average that overweight participants who took pure raw green coffee bean extract in combination with a healthy low fat diet plus exercise lost 8 kg (17 lbs) in 22 weeks.
Chlorogenic acid both prevents diabetes and improves glucose control in people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. One study indicated a 50 per cent risk reduction for people who drank seven cups of coffee a day compared to those who drank only two cups a day.
What you should look for when purchasing green coffee bean extract:
It must be pure and contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid which may be listed as GCA® (green coffee antioxidant) or Svetol®
There should be no fillers and no artificial ingredients. It may be in liquid or capsule form and should be sourced from the Arabica plant. There are two kinds of coffee plants, Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica variety has a higher content of fat burning chlorogenic acid.
Check the ingredients list. If it does not have one, do not buy it. There many products marketed on the internet claiming to be green coffee bean extract. Many are not only not authentic but may well be a scam and literally do not deliver.
1) Always choose the supplements made in the USA or Europe. Most brands try to hide the fact that their supplements are being made in China. As you may know nobody controls the manufacturers in China and that results in a lot of low quality supplements in our home country.
2) Avoid Ephedrine. It is not a secret that a lot of the manufacturers try to substitute green coffee bean extract with ephedrine which is much cheaper.
3) Verified…verified and I mean verified! Always choose verified green coffee beans – this is your guarantee that you won`t experience any side effects and that it will deliver the dream body you want.
4) Quality green coffee bean extract should cost at least $50. Yes, natural green coffee beans are not cheap (natural compound may cost as high as $15,000 per pound). So if you want outstanding results you should avoid anything that is cheaper than 50-60 dollars. Please choose another supplement if that amount of money would put you into an uncomfortable situation financially.
Notes by Maria J. Clifford RD PhD