This article was posted on Monday, December 3, 2012
By Sheppe Pharis
Green coffee beans have really become popular as a weight loss
solution over the last few months, largely in part due to Dr. Oz
featuring them on his show. In spite of this
fact, I decided to check them out to see how legit they are.
The first challenge to getting good information for this review
was cutting through all of the pseudo-science and propaganda that
is found online for green coffee beans. To do that, I looked into
the primary component of green coffee beans that is supposed to aid
in weight loss: chlorogenic acid.
To get good information on chlorogenic acid, I read through this
long post with good
citations over on Examine.com. The tldr; version of things is
that there was indeed a study done on the effect of chlorogenic acid
and weight loss, and there was shown to be a positive correlation
between the two.
That said, I also discovered an article from
Science-Based Medicine which claims that the methodology
used in the study may have been flawed, and based on the data
there, I agree.
So, what's my verdict on green coffee bean
To answer that, I look past the surface of things and ask, are
there other benefits to chlorogenic acid intake? It turns out that
Chlorogenic acid has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
In multiple studies, green coffee bean extract proved to
have anti-hypertensive (blood pressure reducing) effects in both
rats and humans.
Further, the chlorogenic acid in green coffee bean
extract/supplements has also shown to have anti-oxidant properties. Basically, this means
that it helps fight the formation of tumors.
Looking back to the weight-loss potential of green coffee bean
supplements, it turns out that the chlorogenic acid contained
within may also inhibit carbohydrate uptake by up to 6.9%.
Fewer carbs = less fat.
How's about health concerns? There doesn't appear to be any
evidence of chlorogenic acid having harmful effects at all.
However, there have been some reports of people having allergic
reactions to green coffee bean supplements. It is believed that
these reactions are due to the various herbs that are also
contained within the supplements.
Good Recommendations Summary:
Though the most widely referenced study regarding the
correlation of green coffee beans and weight loss has been shown to
have had problems in their methodologies used, there seems to be
ample evidence of many positive effects of the chlorogenic acid
contained within these supplements.
There is also lots of anecdotal evidence indicating that these
supplements have helped people lose a small-to-moderate amount of
weight, or to get past weight-loss plateaus.
Given the fact that there seem to be no harmful effects
associated with green coffee bean extract supplements, I
recommend this product to people who may be
fighting with a weight loss plateau. These supplements could also
be worth considering for their anti-oxidant and anti-hypertensive
Please note that this article is a researched opinion article. I am
not a health professional.