Coffee is the world’s third most popular beverage consumed, and the number one stimulant. Tea and water are the only two drinks more popular than coffee. And green coffee that’s made from coffee beans that haven’t been roasted is gaining in popularity. Green coffee contains high levels of chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant that promotes the eradication of free radicals to achieve better health. There’s evidence to suggest that consuming green coffee has several positive health benefits.
Reduced Levels of Hypertension
A study that was carried out by the Kao Corporation in Tokyo, Japan showed that the consumption of green coffee extract can have a positive impact on mild cases of hypertension in humans and rats. Their research demonstrated that the blood pressure response in rats and humans was directly correlated with the dosage level of the green coffee intake. Greater blood pressure affects were achieved with higher doses of green coffee. The study also noted that the positive outcomes could be obtained with much lower risks of side effects than what were possible using prescription drugs.
Increased Weight Loss
There is also growing evidence that green coffee extract consumption is associated with greater levels of weight loss. The Oryza Oil & Fat Chemical Co., Ltd. in Japan conducted a study that demonstrated how the body weight of mice can be positively affected when they consumed green coffee extract. The findings established that the caffeine and chlorogenic acid combination in green coffee inhibited the accumulation of fat, thereby making green coffee consumption a potentially effective product for controlling weight.
Effect on Diabetes
Additional research suggests that green coffee consumption can also benefit diabetics. The HelwanUniversity in Cairo, Egypt, published a study in the”Journal of American Science” that confirmed the blood glucose and insulin levels can be decreased by consuming green tea. Their research established that the chlorogenic acid found in coffee and not just green coffee, may directly influence the antagonistic effect on how glucose is transported in your body.
Potential Side Effects
As promising as the consumption of green coffee extract may appear, there may also be side effects to consider. Even though green coffee extract contains less caffeine than coffee brewed with roasted beans, there’s still the potential for caffeine related complications. Frequent consumption of green coffee extract may still lead to undesirably high levels of caffeine concentration in the body which can lead to headaches, anxiety, insomnia, irregular heartbeats, and nervousness.
Common symptoms that are known to be associated with caffeine withdrawal such as difficulty concentrating and depression can manifest themselves if the user eliminates the supplement from daily consumption. It’s also known that caffeine can have negative interactions with certain medications, particularly those medications used for treating depression and diabetes.