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Battling Fat With Coffee

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If you're one of the thousands of people who drinks coffee for that jolt of caffeine to jump-start your day, you're probably tired of listening to how your caffeine habit is ruining your overall health. In the end, excessive level of caffeine has been associated with putting on weight, increased stress, poor sleep and other health issues. Well, enough of the bad about coffee; here's a little good: Coffee, especially the fruit of the coffee bean, also has a health-promoting phytonutrient called chlorogenic acid.

 

Studies suggest that consuming 3-4 cups of coffee daily (which lots of people do) reduces the risk of developing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, and is effective in weight reduction. Whether the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated makes no difference. What's to account for these health advantages? Chlorogenic acid seems to impact how glucose is processed, thus assisting the body to burn fat and use it as energy. While it is also present in high amounts in cherries and plums, research suggests coffee is chlorogenic acid's greatest dietary source. Obviously, degrees of this phytonutrient will vary more or less widely in different processed roasted coffee beans. Still, among coffee beans, the dried, raw green bean of the coffee fruit, specially the Robusta bean, is the richest source.

 

An all-natural water-soluble extract of raw, decaffeinated green coffee beans is obtained by a traditional extraction method. This is important in that as much as 70 percent of chlorogenic acids can be destroyed by roasting. A high-quality, standardized extract of 400 mg has the chlorogenic content of up to six or seven cups of coffee. Yet it is free of a number of the harmful acids in coffee (cafestol and kahweol), and with only 25 % of the caffeine. Raw green coffee bean extracts also contain quinic and caffeic acid, which possess strong antioxidant power, notably limiting the oxidation of lipids (fats) in the liver.

 

In a recent clinical study published in the journal Phytotherapie, 50 people 19-75 years old received 400 mg of green coffee bean extract for 60 days. Participants who received the green coffee bean extract lost 5.7 percent of their initial weight, equivalent to a median weight loss of 11 lbs. The placebo group, which did not receive any coffee bean extract, lost only 2.8 percent of their initial weight over the same time frame.

 

Has anyone here tried an all natural weight loss product such as Green-Fu?

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