There is no getting away from the fact that coffee is considered one of the most popular beverages in the world, with coffee shops and cafes situated all over the UK, in cities, towns and villages alike.
Until fairly recently research was geared toward the health concerns or risks associated with coffee drinking however over the last decade there has been an abundance of studies which suggest the benefits far outweigh the risks.The majority of these risks are associated with the potential side effects which some individuals may experience including: headaches, insomnia, heartburn and palpitations however different people metabolize caffeine differently and the majority of us can drink several cups a day without a problem. In fact there are a number of health benefits associated with coffee drinking such as a decreased risk of developing Type II Diabetes and Parkinson’s, its antidepressant effects and protection against heart disease and a number of different types of cancer.
Taking coffee as an extract can have even more health benefits, green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted. While drinkable coffee is made from roasted coffee beans due to superior taste, the roasting process eliminates chlorogenic acid whichis associated with both health benefits and assistance with weight loss goals.
Blood Sugar Balance
Blood sugar balance is an absolutely critical measure of healthy aging in the body. Too much sugar in the diet leads to blood sugar imbalances. This then causes spirals of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia (chronically high and dangerously low blood sugar imbalances). These blood sugar imbalances cause inflammation in the body which damage hormonal control systems, organs and immune function.
Glucose overload is another major cause of blood sugar imbalances. This happens when glucose is released into the bloodstream by the muscle and liver tissues even though the blood sugar is already elevated. A common sign that this is occurring is during the night (or a fasting period) when no food is be ingingested and the individual has elevated glucose-6-phosphatase (G6P) enzyme activity that causes an elevated release of blood sugar from the muscle and liver. The body is basically eating these tissues.The major anti-oxidant in green coffee bean extract, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to profoundly inhibit the release of the G6P enzyme which significantly stabilizes blood sugar levels. Recent research carried out by Nagendran (2001)where participants received different dosages of green coffee bean extract followed by 100g of glucose in an oral glucose challenge test (a standard method of gauging an individual’s response to after-meal sugar exposure) is evidence for this suggestion. Results found that blood sugar levels dropped by an increasingly greater amount the more green coffee bean extract was given.
This means that if you had a dangerous after-meal glucose reading of 160 mg/dL green coffee bean extract would slash it to 109 mg/dL which is considered a normal, healthy level. These findings are also in line with supportive data demonstrating green coffee bean extract’s numerous glucose-fighting mechanisms of action.
Stable blood sugar allows for increased energy, improved mental clarity, better hormone function, detoxification capabilities and weight loss. Raw green coffee bean extract along with other superfoods such as cacao and cinnamon all show great results in stabilizing blood sugar and improving overall bodily functions and is an important extract for any health conscious individual.
So instead of having your normal morning coffee, why not replace this with Total Green Coffee Bean Extract and reap the health benefits whilst achieving your weight loss goals.
- Nagendran, M. V. Effect of Green Coffee Bean Extract (GCE), High in Chlorogenic Acids, on Glucose Metabolism. Poster presentation number: 45-LB-P. Obesity 2011, the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society. Orlando, Florida. October 1-5, 2011.