Green (unroasted) Coffee Extract
It seems to reduce swings in blood sugar in healthy people and might offer some benefit to those at risk for type 2 diabetes. The research is still preliminary, though, since it included only 30 individuals who were of normal weight, without diabetes.
The green coffee extract lowered their blood sugar responses in a glucose tolerance test, with higher doses exerting more effect. Previous epidemiological studies have suggested that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while a small study published in 2012 suggested that green coffee extract might be helpful for weight management.
The “Secret” ingredient in Green Coffee Bean Extract
Contrary to what most people believe, there is more to coffee than caffeine. The chemicals that appear to regulate glucose levels in both normal and diabetic individuals are called CGA. While these occur naturally in fruits and vegetables such as cherries, plums, apples and dried fruit, ts, they are present in their highest concentrations in unroasted, or green, coffee beans.
You would be forgiven for thinking that green, unroasted coffee might lack the tantalizing, wake-me-up aroma that emanates from a hot mug of dark roast and you would be right. Fortunately, mainstream coffee houses like Starbucks have worked a way around that. Instead of trying to mash squidgy green, unroasted beans into a hot beverage that would be messier than it’s worth, they have incorporated it into refreshing cold drinks. What could possibly be more thirst-quenching on a hot day than a chilled goblet of energizing raspberry pomegranate or orange melon? Green coffee extract, as it happens, is actually low in caffeine, making it ideal for people who are trying to reduce their caffeine intake.
What Research Say?
Green coffee bean extract, however, is an unroasted coffee bean which contains a higher level of an antioxidant known as CGA. According to WebMD, CGA in green coffee is thought to have several health benefits for heart disease, diabetes, and weight management.
In 2014, the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry published a report that looked at the effects of CGA, caffeine, and coffee on diabetic rats. The study showed that green coffee bean extract could possibly help prevent brain disorders connected with diabetes. It also seemed to decrease anxiety and improve memory, better than just coffee or caffeine alone.
Another study done in 2007, published in the Journal of International Medical Research showed that CGA enriched instant coffee could potentially reduce the absorption of glucose in obese people.
While experts continue to experiment and analyze the potential benefits of green coffee bean extract on diabetes and weight management, researchers suggest more studies be conducted before firmly recommending the extract for treating serious health conditions.
CGA works in reducing weight and blood glucose by:
- Delaying intestinal absorption of glucose resulting in lower blood sugar.
- Inhibiting gluconeogenesis and the release of G6P enzyme thereby stabilizing blood sugar levels.
- It suppresses appetite that results in weight management by curbing hunger.
- Improves the function of the fat burning hormone Adiponectin.
The process of roasting the bean reduces the CGA which is the main game changer here!
WE SAY: Research has shown that Green Coffee Bean Extract not only helps reduce weight but also reduces blood sugar that can be a boon to Type-2 diabetics. It’s available mostly the powder form that needs to be taken with hot/cold water before meals to have a positive effect on overall health.