Friday, December 27, 2013

A Whole New Perspective With Coffee Bean Extract

By Babara McWilson

Since it was featured in the Dr. Oz Show, much hype has been created in green coffee bean extract. The claims are all the same - the extract can promote weight loss, often without having to change one's diet and engaging in any physical activity. So with all this buzz surrounding this new magic weight loss supplement, how can you be sure that this is not just another overhyped product?

Like regular coffee, green coffee bean extract also contains caffeine, which is said to have some relation to weight loss. Despite that, it is not the real reason behind its fat-busting powers but an antioxidant known as chlorogenic acid. Since green coffee beans don't undergo roasting, chlorogenic acid levels remain high. Chlorogenic acid helps promote weight loss by keeping reducing the absorption of fat and glucose.

Dr. Oz has conducted an experiment with 100 women and the results show that those who took the green coffee extract lost an average of two pounds. The experiment was conducted within two weeks and the dosage for the extract was at 400mg. A similar study was also presented at the American Chemical Society and results show an average of 17 pounds lost over a period of 22 weeks.

If you will notice, there was no specific brand or product recommended by Dr. Oz because he did not want to be associated with any one of them. However, he gave pointers as to how to choose a good product, one of them being the minimum amount of chlorogenic acid, which must be at 45 percent. Some companies may label chlorogenic acid as Svetol or GCA (green coffee antioxidant) in their product.

It is not unusual to find a lot of low-quality green coffee extracts on the market today due to the increased popularity it has acquired. With this in mind, it is important to be armed with the knowledge that will help you discern which product is worth buying. You should always read what is stated in the label, particularly the ingredients list. A good product should be pure and free from fillers or additives.

The coffee bean extract should not have any extra amount of caffeine besides what it is supposed to contain naturally. A good benchmark would be to have just 20mg of caffeine for every 800mg of chlorogenic acid. At this rate, you get less than 20% caffeine compared to regular roasted coffee. Over indulgence with caffeine usually leads to increased heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, and restlessness.

You should also be wary about overboard claims about the efficacy of a particular green coffee bean extract. A reputable manufacturer must be clear about any possible side effects should there be a misuse of the product. It is also important that they clearly state what ingredients their product is made of and the kind of processing that it undergoes.

While it would be a great thing to simply take green coffee bean extract and see those extra pounds go away, it is not the best way to do it. It is still important to have a balanced diet, one that steers clear from processed foods and focuses on whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. If you add in quality cardiovascular exercise to the mix, there's no reason not to get the body you've always wanted.

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