Latest News about Green Coffee Bean Extract Diet Backed by Scientific Studies
According to researchers presenting data at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week, chlorogenic acid―the active component of green coffee beans―is not only helping people lose weight, but is also useful in controlling elevated blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetics.
According to a press release issued by the American Chemical Society, Type 2 diabetes is an increasing global health problem with almost 26 million affected by the disease in the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition in which the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin that enables the body to use sugar, or results from cells that resist the effects of insulin. With Type 2 diabetes, blood sugar levels rise, which increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other health problems. Current medical therapies for treating Type 2 diabetes include:
• Oral medications that stimulate insulin secretion
• Oral medications that reduce insulin resistance
• Dietary changes that control blood sugar levels
• Weight loss that reduces insulin resistance.
Weight loss as a risk-prevention measure is particularly recommended for those who are diagnosed as having pre-diabetes to prevent progressing toward Type 2 diabetes. And, according to researchers presenting their findings at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, there is growing evidence supporting that chlorogenic acid from green coffee beans can not only help people―such as those with pre-diabetes―lose weight, but also reduce the blood sugar levels in people already diagnosed with diabetes.
As a weight loss supplement, the active ingredient chlorogenic acid is believed to inhibit glucose-6-phosphatase in cells which forces fats to be used as energy rather than stored away in the body.
In a previous study, the researchers observed that participants who consumed green coffee extract lost about 10 percent of their body weight in 22 weeks. More recently the same researchers began to investigate whether green coffee bean extract had an effect on blood sugar levels.
"A simple natural pill or capsule that would both help control blood sugar and foster weight loss at the same time would be a major advance in the treatment of type 2 diabetes," states lead researcher Joe Vinson, Ph.D. "Our own research and studies published by other scientists suggest that such a treatment may, indeed, exist. There is significant epidemiological and other evidence that coffee consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.”
At the scientific conference, Dr. Vinson and colleagues presented evidence for coffee's diabetes and heart disease protection from a new human study that demonstrated a dose-response green coffee extract inhibition of glucose absorption during a glucose tolerance test.
According to the press release, 56 male and female participants with normal blood sugar levels were given a carbohydrate source, after which their blood glucose levels were tested to see how their bodies normally responded to the sugars from the carbs. Then, under timed dosages, they were given 100, 200, 300 or 400 milligrams of a green coffee bean extract in a capsule with water. A second follow-up glucose tolerance test of the participants demonstrated how the green coffee extract affected their responses.
"There was a significant dose-response effect of the green coffee extract and no apparent gastrointestinal side effects," Vinson said. "All doses of green coffee extract produced a significant reduction in blood sugar relative to the original blank glucose challenge. The maximum blood glucose occurred at 30 minutes and was 24 percent lower than the original with the 400 mg of green coffee extract and the blood glucose at 120 minutes was 31 percent lower."
The press release notes that the high temperatures used to roast coffee beans to make them suitable for use in coffee, breaks down much of the chlorogenic acids and thereby necessitates the use of concentrated extracts of unroasted green coffee beans to achieve therapeutic results.
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Reference: American Chemical Society― “New evidence that natural substances in green coffee beans help control blood sugar levels”