Editor’s note: [The intention of this article is to introduce the reader to the green coffee bean pill and green tea in relation to health benefits and is in no way a replacement to medical advice. If you have medical questions, please contact your health care professional.]
Drinking healthy is just as important as watching what you consume. Not only does green tea taste good, but studies have shown it also provides several benefits for your body as well.
Another product that is being marketed as “green” is green coffee bean supplements and they are making quite a splash on TV and radio. According to various popular media programs, such as “The Dr. Oz Show,” these pills can help consumers lose weight and be a beneficial supplement.
Let’s see how the new “green” diet supplements stack up in terms of health when compared to brewing green tea.
What is the Green Coffee Bean Pill?
According to Cynthia Sass, the author of “S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches,” coffee beans are actually “green seeds inside a bright red berry. Roasting them turns the seeds brown, and creates the characteristic aroma and flavor coffee lovers crave,” she said in Shape Magazine. “To create green coffee extract, the seeds are left unroasted, and instead, soaked and concentrated to create the extract.”
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Green Coffee Bean Benefits
“When coffee seeds or ‘beans’ are roasted, their antioxidant levels increase, but the natural substance called chlorogenic acid decreases,” Sass continued. “This chemical is thought to block fat accumulation, boost weight loss, curb carb absorption, and help regulate post-meal blood sugar levels.”
Green Coffee Bean and Dr. Oz
The green coffee bean craze has gained fame from its mention on “The Dr. Oz Show,” however according to the Green Coffee Bean Dangers website, the show failed to mention some dirty secrets. Although there are stated dangers to the pills, there are studies that show the positives. According to licensed dietician Maria Cliford, who is behind the website, the beans possess powerful antioxidant properties comparable to grape seed extract and green tea. Green coffee beans contain polyphenols which work to help decrease free radicals. These radicals can damage cells and may play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Green Coffee Beans Side Effects
The Green Coffee Bean Dangers website is dedicated to letting the public know about companies that are trying to cash in on this craze without considering people’s safety. According to Cliford, the bean is not supposed to have any side effects. However, there are companies making substitutes when producing the beans to make manufacturing cheaper and it is these substitutes that cause green coffee beans side effects. According to the Decker, Decker, Dito & Internicola law firm, many diet pills, such as 2 Day Diet, 2x Powerful Slimming, and 7 Day Herbal Slim, have been recalled for not listing dangerous ingredients on their labels.
These are green coffee bean pills.
Sass has a different take on the side effects of the green coffee bean pills. Sass explained that the potential risks may vary from person to person based on a number of factors. These factors include the consumer’s current health and health history, personal sensitivity to caffeine, and if and any other supplements or medications are being taken with the beans. Sass further warned that there is no standardization when it comes to supplements. This means manufacturers do not have to follow a specific formula, so one green coffee extract product can be made completely different than the other and one brand can contain significantly more caffeine than the bottle next to it.
The disparity in the amount of caffeine put in the pills by manufacturers concerns Sass because concentrated doses of caffeine can cause headaches, gastrointestinal upset, nervousness, insomnia, anxiety, ringing in the ears, and irregular heartbeat, or even more serious problems in some people. Caffeine is also known for becoming an addiction. Like many drugs, caffeine can trigger withdrawal symptoms—headache, fatigue, depression, nervousness, and muscle tension.
Do They Work?
According to the Green Coffee Bean Dangers website, researchers at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that taking several green coffee extract capsules daily, and eating a healthy diet low in fat and exercising routinely, seems to be a safe, efficient and low cost means to losing weight.
However, testing on these pills is still fairly new and more tests are still being done, according to WebMD and the Green Coffee Bean Dangers website.
Sass also stated in Shape Magazine that there isn’t a lot of evidence that these diet pills will work for everyone. “One 2012 study made a big splash when it found that subjects who consumed 1,050 mg and 700 mg doses lost about 16 pounds in six weeks compared to placebo groups,” she said. “However, the study was criticized because it involved such a small number of subjects, just 16, and it was funded by a green coffee bean extract manufacturer.”
“An independent analysis of three randomized clinical trials that included a total of 142 participants concluded that the effect of green coffee extract is only moderate at best, and the studies were poorly conducted,” Sass went on to state.
Green tea has also been under study, but for many more years than the green coffee bean pills. The pros also seem to outweigh the cons when it comes to this natural beverage.
The Health Benefits of Green Tea
According to Harvard Health, the tea’s benefits are largely due to its high content of flavonoids. Flavonoids are plant derived compounds that are antioxidants. As defined by MedlinePlus, antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or things such as tobacco smoke and radiation.
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Lucky for us, HH Publications stated that green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. Harvard Health found in test tube studies that catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease fighting properties.
Harvard Health tells us that in green tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups a day. Allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to obtain its benefits is to drink the tea freshly brewed. Be warned that there is caffeine in green tea, however there are certain companies, such as Celestial Seasonings, that provide a non-caffeinated alternative.
The Negatives of Green Tea
According to WebMD, more than five cups of green tea per day is possibly unsafe. Large amounts of caffeine can affect anxiety disorders, anemia, bleeding disorders and diabetes. Side effects include headache, nervousness, convulsions and heartburn.
“Green tea seems to reduce the absorption of iron from food,” WebMD also states. “Drinking very high doses of green tea can actually be fatal. The fatal dose of caffeine in green tea is estimated to be [between] 10 to 14 grams. Serious toxicity can occur at lower doses.”
How Does Taking Green Coffee Bean Pills Compare to Drinking Green Tea?
Julie Edgar of WebMD stated that more than a decade’s worth of research devoted to green tea’s health benefits has found potential to fight cancer and heart disease. “Limited studies have also found that green tea has a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia,” according to WebMD.
Sass stated in Shape Magazine that the cons of using the green coffee bean pills outweigh the pros, at least for now. Sass recommended a fun fitness class and consuming more fruits and veggies. However, she stated that a whopping five cups of regular green tea should be consumed a day. The only exception to the rule is if the person is trying to reduce their caffeine intake.
In conclusion, the hype doesn’t seem to measure up with the reality of what the green coffee beans really do. Unlike green tea which offers many health benefits, the green coffee bean pills seem to include more risk factors than actually help the consumer lose weight. If you choose to try the green coffee bean pill, check the labels so you will know for sure what you are buying.
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