I hear a constant refrain from so many of my friends. No doubt you’ve heard it, too. Or said it yourself…
“I’m trying to lose a few pounds, but it’s so hard!”
Obesity is literally a growing problem in the U.S.
In 1997, 39% of adults were overweight or obese. Today, the percentage is closer to 60%. And research shows that, if the trend continues, it will rise to 85% by 2030.
It isn’t just about looking good. This is a serious health issue. Being overweight or obese is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Obesity shortens lifespan by three to 10 years.
But it’s notoriously difficult to lose weight and keep it off. Weight loss drugs are little help. They carry side effects that range from gas and nausea to insomnia, high blood pressure, headaches, and addiction.
Luckily, there are natural treatments that can help. Perhaps the best is green coffee bean extract (GCBE). Green coffee beans are raw beans that haven’t been roasted.
GCBE has a strong reputation as a weight-reduction aid. But does science back it up?
Let’s look at the research…
A study published in the journal Gastroenterology Research and Practice reviewed several clinical trials. They involved giving subjects either GCBE or a placebo. In all instances, the extract-takers had greater weight loss.
Researchers from South Korea’s Myongii University divided obese mice into two groups. One ate a high-fat diet. The other ate the same diet with GCBE. After four weeks, the GCBE-fed mice had significantly less body fat.
The Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine published another review of studies. Researchers found that GCBE helped dieters lose two to 17 pounds.
A study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that GCBE inhibited fat absorption in mice.
Green Coffee Bean Health Benefits
GCBE has other noteworthy benefits:
- Fights metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is comprised of: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high levels of triglycerides, low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and belly fat. It increases your risk of heart disease fourfold. And it makes you 30 times more likely to develop diabetes.A recent study looked at 50 people with the condition. Some of the subjects took 400 mg of GCBE twice daily. The rest took a placebo. After eight weeks, the GCBE group had lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and smaller waist measurements.
- Reduces diabetes risk. Research published in JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed studies involving coffee consumption. Drinking three to four cups a day was linked with a 30% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.This benefit was due to the coffee’s chlorogenic acid content. Chlorogenic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps regulate blood sugar. The study used regular coffee, but green coffee beans are even richer in chlorogenic acid.
Green coffee bean extract has less caffeine than regular coffee. Reported side effects include insomnia, nausea, and increased heart rate. Check with your doctor before using it.
You can get GCBE online or from health food stores.
Losing weight can be a challenge. Green coffee bean extract can help you become thinner without going hungry or doing extreme workouts.