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Hello! My regular readers will know that I have a huge interest in the diet and health supplement industries, and my latest supplement under the microscope are causing a huge buzz – Green Coffee Beans.

In my detailed review of Green Coffee Beans, I look at the pros and cons, the side effects and the health benefits, the weight loss properties and the clinical research findings, or lack of. I’ll also include a round-up of the worldwide reviews, and help you learn what you should look for if you want to try them for yourselves. I hope you find this article useful, and welcome your feedback and stories you would like to share about Green Coffee Beans! Thanks for reading.

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What are Green Coffee Beans?

Before we take a look at the weight loss and health benefits of Green Coffee Beans and where to buy the best ones, we should first understand the history of them.

Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans in their natural state, before they’ve been roasted and ground into our favorite beverage! When in this state, they contain a huge amount of a chemical compound called chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant and the element that is touted as a weight loss sensation.

What is chlorogenic acid?

Chlorogenic acid is a compound that may help slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after eating[1]. Trading names include Svetol, and derivatives can be found in items like coffee, gum and mint candies. Chlorogenic acid may also help to reduce blood pressure, according to an article written in 2005[2] focused on human and rodent studies. The Japanese study concluded that “results suggested that daily use of GCE has a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.”

So why choose to supplement your diet with Green Coffee Beans?

I drink coffee every day, and I don’t mean just a latte mid-morning, I’m a proper coffee nut and have been known to drink up to 8 coffees a day when I have deadlines looming. So I must admit, I did think “why bother with green coffee beans when I already get a lot of caffeine each day?” So I was as shocked as you might be, when I found out all of the benefits of green coffee beans besides weight loss. Plus unfortunately all of the weight loss benefits of green coffee beans are lost once the bean’s been roasted.

I’ve actually written an in-depth article on the benefits of green coffee beans beyond simply weight loss, but here’s a recap of why you should definitely consider adding green coffee beans to your day:

  • Proven weight loss; in a study in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, 16 subjects were given a placebo, 700mg daily or 1050mg daily for several weeks, changing every few weeks. Wth the higher dosage, subjects lost around 8kg and overall they lost an average of 18lb, or 10% of their bodyweight over the 22 weeks
  • Proven weight loss #2; the Dr Oz show gave half its test subject a 400mg supplement and half a placebo and in just two weeks, those taking the supplement lost twice as much weight as those on the placebo. Just 2lb vs 1lb but it could add up over the weeks!
  • Key ingredient of GCB, chlorogenic acid, could help lower blood sugar levels; and reduce blood sugar spikes by 32%[3]
  • Chlorogenic acid helps the body dispose of fat efficiently and quickly
  • Lower weight can help reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes[4]
  • Antioxidant properties, to help fight free radicals in the body and reduce the risk of cancer
  • Increased energy and concentration through caffeine consumption
  • GCB could help reduce blood pressure, according to one study using animals and several tests on humans with mild hypertension
  • Reduced blood pressure can lead to mental clarity, hormone function and detoxification capabilities

How are Green Coffee Beans specifically linked to weight loss?

I’ve just outlined what all the benefits of Green Coffee Beans are, but how are they specifically related to weight loss? Well, the chlorogenic acid found in green coffee beans helps us lose weight in two ways:

1)      It slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, making it harder for the body to create and store fat, and

2)      It increases the liver’s fat burning capabilities, targeting our existing fat stores first so that we burn off our body fat faster

So there we go, we get rid of our fat and also inhibit the creation of new fat. That’s what I call a win win situation! If you want to know more, I found this video, which uses diagrams and an animated film to show how green coffee beans support weight loss.

Green Coffee Beans: The Clinical Research

As with many of the new supplements available, such as Raspberry Ketones and African Mango Extract, the evidence supporting the weight loss claims is limited until further research is undertaken. It is surprising that more clinical research isn’t completed before the products go mainstream, which is indicative of our obsession with easy weight loss, I guess. Anyway, I’ve put together a summary of the clinical evidence, so that you can understand expectations and make an informed decision of whether or not to try Green Coffee Bean extract for yourself:

  • The study detailed above conducted in India found that over 22 weeks, subjects lost on average 18lbs, with notably more weight loss when on higher dosages than lower or a placebo. Pros: positive findings. Cons: limited study (16 people), conducted by GCB producer.
  • A study conducted on mice[5] found that “Caffeine and chlorogenic acid showed a tendency to reduce visceral fat and body weight”. Pros: found that weight gain and fat accumulation is reduced using caffeine and GCBs. Cons: study on male only mice, not humans
  • Another study conducted on mice[6] intravenously fed chlorogenic acid noted that fatty liver deposits were reduced by 24%. Pros: resulting fat loss and improved liver function for better metabolism. Cons: study on mice, not humans

In fact, only 5 clinical studies have been undertaken and of those, two were ruled out for inclusion. In a review study conducted by Onakpoya, Terry and Ernst (2011)[7], they concluded that “the results from these trials are promising, but the studies are all of poor methodological quality. More rigorous trials are needed to assess the usefulness of GCE {green coffee extract} as a weight loss tool.”

So I’ve given you as many facts as are available. Is it conclusive? Most certainly not. Is it reliable and clinically sound? No, each of the studies have their cons. Is it possible that green coffee beans can support weight loss? For sure! Although the evidence is limited, it is still based on fact so I say that whilst more research needs to be done, the initial findings are very encouraging.

Is it trusted and safe to use?

Well, the jury’s still out I’m afraid. Has it been evaluated and approved by the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) as fit-for-purpose as a weight loss aid? Sadly not, just yet. But what I think is that, as long as you fulfil the health profile (see below and also my Side Effects of Green Coffee Beans article), you should be safe to try supplementing. It should go without saying that if you experience any adverse effects, stop and get medical advice. If in doubt, consult your physician.

Are Green Coffee Beans safe to use?

Green coffee bean extract is a natural occurring compound, so should be suitable to anyone that doesn’t have an adverse reaction to coffee or caffeine. But, until more research has been undertaken, it is recommended that the following people should avoid it, or use it under medical supervision:

  • Those with anxiety disorders
  • Sufferers of bleeding disorders
  • Diabetics;
  • Sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or diarrhoea symptoms worse
  • Sufferers of glaucoma
  • Those with high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Osteoporosis sufferers
  • Pregnant, trying to conceive and nursing

For a more in-depth look at Green Coffee Beans, the side effects and contraindications, you can access my full report here.

What to Look For When Choosing A Green Coffee Bean Supplement

After reading this information, you may wish to try a green coffee bean extract supplement for yourself, to see whether it can help you shift stubborn fat stores and increase your fat burning capability. Whilst I’m not promoting any particular product, in general my advice would be:

  • Always use a name or store that you trust, for this supplement and any other for that matter
  • Whilst the dosage guidelines vary, I’d advise a 400mg supplement, 3 times a day
  • Look for a supplement that contains at least 50% chlorogenic acid
  • Look for GCA (Green coffee antioxidant) or Svetol on the label
  • Buy organic when possible
  • Avoid any with fillers or artificial ingredients
  • Never be tempted to take more than you should, guidelines are there for a reason and if you take more than you should, you may suffer unpleasant side effects. Less is more.
  • Buy a reputable brand and always do your homework first, reading online reviews

Green Coffee Bean Dosage

Some sites recommend between 100mg and 200mg a day, others recommend 400mg twice or three times a day. The main clinical study on humans dosed with up to 1,050mg a day (350mg two or three times a day). So my advice is to stick to the guidelines on your chosen brand. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, try starting low and increasing your dosage as you like.

Take them on an empty stomach, half an hour before a meal. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, I would recommend taking them in the morning and afternoon, not at night, to avoid any sleeping disruption.

In summary, do Green Coffee Beans help with weight loss?

The research would certainly seem to suggest that green coffee beans can help boost metabolism and burn away fat, but there are a lot of unhappy people out there that have tried green coffee bean supplements and not had any joy.

So, is it a fad? Well, there are just as many people out there that have seen huge benefits from green coffee beans! I think that the disparity between the two is more likely because of the amount of rogue traders (call it the ‘Dr Oz effect’) that appear out of nowhere to sell you inferior products. There are a lot of products on Amazon with thousands of positive reviews, so always opt for one of those, or a brand you trust that offers a money-back guarantee.

I opted to try two of the more high profile ones on Amazon (I don’t want to give you the name as I’m not endorsing any particular brand for this article). Despite some of the reviewers feeling anxious and jittery, I felt fine taking them, although this could be due to my coffee addiction! I found that during the morning, I felt more alert than usual, and during the afternoon I avoided that mid-afternoon slump.

I took one type for 2 weeks, then had a week’s break, then the other for 2 weeks. During this time, I lost 3lbs without making any major adjustments to my diet. Hardly groundbreaking amounts and it’s not even visible, but the point is that it’s there, and if you carried on losing at that rate, you could lose up to 30lb in a year, and that is NOT to be sniffed at!

Aside from the weight loss, I am going to continue to take these supplements to encourage liver health and metabolism overall, and because I find that they give me more focus and alertness. Warning though, one day I took them when I – uh – was a little hungover (far too much wine) and although I already had an achy head, I found that the supplements made it much worse. So don’t take them if you’re dehydrated, they are after all caffeine related!

**UPDATE** I carried on with one brand for another 6 weeks and found that they really kicked in after the initial slow weight loss. 3lbs in the first five weeks, followed by 6lbs in the weeks after that. I had to stop then as I don’t want to lose any more weight! Maybe the key is researching the right brand and sticking with it without expecting it to come off immediately.

What’s great about Green Coffee Beans?

  • Naturally product
  • Increased fat burning and liver cleansing capabilities
  • Increased mental alertness and focus
  • Some appetite suppressant qualities
  • Could help lower blood pressure
  • Helps rid of stubborn fat stores

Anything not so great?

  • Too many inferior versions available
  • Can cause anxiety or jitters
  • Can cause insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • Can increase headaches
  • Mixed reactions so won’t work for everyone

What others are saying about Green Coffee Bean extract?

I’ve scoured the web looking for real Green Coffee Bean reviews and my findings are that there seem to be a few stand-out products, along with a whole heap of inferior ones or just plain duds. Therefore the feedback is very mixed, but here is a summary of typical comments I’ve pulled together:

  • “This pill has changed my life.”
  • “Excellent appetite suppressant.”
  • “Yes it works!”
  • “Seems to really help with curbing appetite.”
  • “Two thumbs up, I was able to lose 7lbs.”
  • “It’s not a miracle pill but you can see the results.”
  • “I stopped taking them, it didn’t respond to my body that well.”
  • “Modest results.”
  • “I only take it when i am eating lunch, otherwise I feel sick.”

My opinion: A summary review of Green Coffee Beans

I saw very modest weight loss during the first five weeks, but the effects really seemed to kick in during the weeks that followed. They made me more focused and mentally alert, although some users find them hard on the stomach. Of all of the weight loss supplements to come to market over the last few years, this is my favorite, but I think that it’s because I’m a coffee fiend and I love the buzz, so I know it won’t be for everyone. Bottom line; there are some bad products out there so research well and opt for a product with good reviews that fulfils my ‘what to look for’ criteria, then STICK WITH IT for some incredible results. Good luck, and please share your story here! Michelle.

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