Move over green tea. Meet the green coffee bean. I have been reviewing the research on the green coffee bean that was presented last month at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society by Joe Vinson, PhD. The results were dramatic. Participants lost an average of 17 pounds during the 22 weeks of the study. It included an average of a 10.5 percent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 percent decrease in body fat. But, let me point out these were obese subjects, so the big drop in body composition numbers is naturally more extreme.
Chlorogenic acid is a compound found in coffee which has long been known for its beneficial properties. Simply put, green coffee beans are coffee beans that are fresh and have not been roasted – the coffee we brew has been roasted and this is why it is brown, rather than green. Green coffee beans naturally contain chlorogenic acid, which is the active weight loss compound in pure green coffee beans. Roasting coffee beans destroys the cholorgenic acid. The chlorogenic acid is thought to boost metabolism by changing the way glucose is taken up by the body.
Starbucks is even capitalizing on the latest research and now carries a green coffee extract.
Benefits of Green Coffee Bean:
- Increase in the effectiveness of pain killers, especially for migraine medications
- Reduction in the risk of diabetes
- Assisting the body burn a higher proportion of lipids (fats) compared to carbohydrates, which could help with muscle fatigue for athletes.
- Prevent liver disease and support liver health
- Additional benefits from more cited research