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You may have heard of green coffee, but what exactly is it? And can it really help you to shift a few extra pounds?

 

What are green coffee beans?

Coffee beans are naturally green, but they’re usually roasted before being sold to the consumer. This is the process that turns them brown. So, green coffee beans are basically just unroasted coffee beans.

 

Why do they support weight-loss?

Green coffee beans contain a substance called chlorogenic acid, which is believed to be responsible for weight loss effects. Unfortunately, most of the chlorogenic acids are removed when coffee is roasted. For this reason, regular coffee beans won’t have the same effect.

 

How does green coffee bean extract work?

Some human studies have proven that it can reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the digestive tract, which lowers blood sugar and insulin spikes. If this is true, then taking green coffee bean extract would be like eating a slightly lower carbohydrate diet.
Other studies (in mice and rats) have shown that chlorogenic acid can reduce body weight, reduce fat absorbed from the diet, reduce fat stored in the liver and improve the function of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.

 

Can’t I just drink coffee to achieve great results?

Unfortunately, no. Therefore, the only way to get the amount of chlorogenic acid needed to act as a dietary supplement is through products derived from the natural, unroasted bean itself.

 

Does green coffee extract have other health benefits?

As we know, coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants, which protect cells against free radicals. Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to drastically improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These are important risk factors for heart disease. In addition, green coffee can help with diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease, and bacterial infections.