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What are green coffee beans?
Green coffee beans are basically just unroasted coffee beans.
Coffee beans are naturally green, but they are usually roasted before being sold to the consumer. This is the process that turns them brown.
As we know... coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants and pharmacologically active compounds. Two of the most important ones are Caffeine and Chlorogenic Acid.
Chlorogenic Acid is believed to be the main active ingredient in green coffee beans. That is, the substances that produces the weight loss effects.
Unfortunately.... most of the chlorogenic acid is removed when coffee is roasted.
For this reason, regular coffee beans won't have the same effect (although there are plenty of other good reasons to drink coffee if you enjoy it).
Bottom Line: Green coffee beans are the same as regular coffee beans, except that they haven't been roasted yet. They are high in a substance called Chlorogenic Acid.
Green coffee bean extract does contain some caffeine.
Caffeine can boost metabolism by up to 3-11%.
However, the main active ingredient is believed to be the chlorogenic acid.
Chlorogenic acid can reduce body weight, reduce fat absorbed from the diet, reduce fat stored in the liver and improve the function of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.
Does green coffee extract have other health benefits?
Green coffee may positively affect how our bodies absorb and use carbohydrates.
Green coffee extract may also positively affect blood vessels, which has major implications for heart health.
Chlorogenic acid also functions as an antioxidant.
Bottom Line: Green coffee bean extract may improve glucose metabolism and reduce blood pressure.