Every year there seems to be a new weight loss fad that claims to be new, improved and guaranteed to help consumers shed off some pounds. Whether it’s a new superfood or supplement drink/pill, people are always willing to try it for the chance to lose weight fast. It seems that with every fad, there is a food or liquid that is green. We’ve had spinach, kale, and now we introduce the new member of the green supplement family, coffee.

At first thought, it seems strange and very unnatural to have green coffee. Coffee is known for its rich dark brown color, but that is only the result of roasting. Natural coffee beans before they are roasted to that dark brown color, are green. This is done to sell to customers and give the bean that roasted flavor when it is brewed down into coffee.

However, what makes this green coffee bean extract a weight loss supplement, is an antioxidant that is prominent before the roasting process. Chlorogenic Acid is one of the primary antioxidants in green coffee beans next to caffeine that is believed to have the power to assist in weight loss. When consumed, chlorogenic acid can reduce the body’s absorption of carbohydrates, reduced body fat, the amount of fat stored in the liver, and even improve the function of the fat-burning hormone, adiponectin.

There have been studies done on this green coffee bean extract vs. regular coffee beans. For 12 weeks, 30 overweight participants incorporated either the green coffee or regular coffee bean into their daily routine, without changing diet or exercise.

The results were those who took the green coffee bean extract resulted in losing around 11.9 pounds and those who took the regular coffee, only 3.7 pounds.

Though the results show the extract can help dramatically with weight loss, there are still precautions to be taken.   

During the studies, some participants had to withdraw due to side effects of headaches and some suffered urinary tract infections. Other side effects of using this extract are rapid heartbeat, jitters, and anxiety from the caffeine and diarrhea. This supplement is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or children.

Before taking any weight loss supplement, consult your doctor, do your research, be sure that this is the best decision for you and your health!