There’s been a lot of talk about green coffee bean extract, especially since it appeared on the Dr. Oz show. Green coffee beans have emerged as the new Raspberry Ketones — similarly described by Dr. Oz as a “miracle pill that can burn fat” and a “magic cure for weight loss.”
It is a naturally occurring compound in these beans that induce "thermogenesis", the speeding up of your metabolism and the burning of excess fat. This compound is called CHLOROGENIC ACID. The most effective green coffee bean supplements need to contain at least 45 percent chlorogenic acid.
Tea (black, green or white) and coffee contain chlorogenic acid and, although the green coffee bean extract people would like to differ, it does not get destroyed during the roasting process.
If you decide to use this supplement (or drink a fair amount of coffee or tea) you need to know that chlorogenic acid robs the body of magnesium, iron and zinc. I strongly recommend a high quality multi vitamin along with extra magnesium to compensate for this loss.
Another thing to consider is this: coffee beans contain about 250 different chemicals — some with positive and others with negative effects on human health. The idea of consuming an extract that contains both good and bad chemicals in dense concentration seems an unwise thing to do. Remember that these guys contain caffeine, too.
Lastly, I would argue that hormonal imbalance is the biggest issue in the battle with fat loss. We are surrounded by hormone disruptors, not just in the food we eat, but in the items we use to clean our bodies, clothes and homes. It is virtually impossible to avoid these 'xenoestrogens' and consequently many of us suffer with the frustration of not being able to lose those extra pounds of fat. No amount of green coffee bean extract will fix problems like cortisol imbalance, estrogen dominance or hypothyroidism.
We need to eat as clean as possible and exercise regularly to achieve what balance we can in the world we live in today. Cook your own food, buy organic whenever you can, eat dark green vegetables daily and drink fresh lemon juice in water every morning (please see previous blog!).
Keep exercising, breathe deeply, try and get enough sleep and laugh often...these things all have a positive effect on our hormones, too!
Nothing will beat clean eating and exercise....I hate to sound so simplistic, but it's true!