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Benefits Of The Use Of Green Coffee Bean Extract For Weight Loss As Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle

By Cindy Davis

A new, refreshing, cold soft beverage has recently become available in a popular chain of coffee shops. Flavored with either raspberry or lime, it is marketed as a drink for those who wish to refresh and recharge. A key ingredient is green coffee bean extract (GCBE). The drink is certainly refreshing. It may surprise fans to hear that people also use green coffee bean extract for weight loss.

Biochemists in Pennsylvania have been studying the health benefits of tea and coffee since 1998. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, they presented evidence that the molecule in GCBE that may be responsible for weight loss is chemically related to chlorophyll. Its name is chlorogenic acid. Participants in the study experienced an overall decrease of 16 percent body fat.

The mechanism by which chlorogenic acid is believed to promote weight loss is by reducing the rate of glucose absorption from the bloodstream, forcing the body to turn instead to stored fat as a source of energy. This is thought to result in a more rapid rate of weight loss. Skeptics believe the observed weight loss is attributable to caffeine as opposed to chlorogenic acid. Green coffee extract, however, has half the caffeine concentration as that found in a strong cup of coffee.

Patients seeking cheap and easy ways to lose weight have been keeping their doctors busy for centuries. Greek physician, Soranus of Ephesus, could legitimately be described as the world's first bariatric specialist. Bariatrics is the study of weight loss. For his patients, he prescribed exercise, massage, heat, purgatives and laxatives. Perhaps surprisingly, these became the mainstay of treatment for over a thousand years.

By the late 1930s, amphetamines became popular as effective appetite suppressants. Unfortunately, these turned out to have dangerous cardiotoxic and addictive side effects. Following a spate of deaths in the 1960s, their use as a weight loss aid was discontinued.

In the '90s, Fen-Phen was top of the charts for helping people lose weight. Favored by both patients and physicians alike, it was a composite of two active ingredients, phentermine and fenfluramine. These, too, were shown to be dangerous and subsequently withdrawn from the market. It turned out they caused pulmonary hypertension and damaged valves in the heart.

Ephedra was the next trend in weight loss at the beginning of the 21st century. It is tantalizing to speculate that this was named in honor of the good doctor Soranus, from Ephesus. Eventually, Ephedra became linked with high blood pressure, stroke and deaths and was banned from use.

Green coffee bean extract for weight loss an emerging new trend and it may well turn out to be safe and effective. However, potential users should exercise caution and, at the very least, consult a medical professional before embarking on a course of treatment that contains green coffee bean extract. Nothing, not even water, is completely safe in too high a dose. The extract from green coffee beans contains thousands more chemicals besides caffeine and chlorogenic acid and their effects have not yet been demonstrated. Commercial preparations contain as much as 800 mg per capsule.

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