What Is Green Coffee Extract?

Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Unroasted coffee plant beans are used to make green coffee extract.
Unroasted coffee plant beans are used to make green coffee extract.

Green coffee extract is a health supplement made from unroasted beans from the coffee plant. It is thought to be an antioxidant, working to stimulate beneficial cell growth and preventing aging effects on the skin. It also is believed to provide other health benefits, such as weight loss and blood sugar control. Although the use of green coffee extract should be discussed with a medical provider before use, it is not believed to have any negative side effects, particularly in healthy people.

Green coffee side effects are generally minimal.
Green coffee side effects are generally minimal.

Typically, green coffee extract is purchased in the form of capsules, tablets, and powder. The capsules and tablets vary in dosage from 100 milligrams to 500 milligrams each. The powder is often dissolved in hot water and consumed, similar to a cup of instant black coffee. Some medical providers may recommend that a person take several capsules or tablets each day, while others may limit the dosage. In addition, many people are advised not to take the product with dairy products, as they may affect the potency of one of the active ingredients, polyphenol.

Many gourmet coffee stores sell different types of green coffee in addition to green coffee extract.
Many gourmet coffee stores sell different types of green coffee in addition to green coffee extract.

One of the main reasons why some take green coffee extract is for weight loss. The extract contains a naturally occurring chemical called chlorogenic acid, which some believe reduces the size of the fat cells in the body. In addition, they think that the extract helps to burn the fat in the body. If true, both factors would work to cause a person to lose weight.

Green coffee extract may help lower blood pressure.
Green coffee extract may help lower blood pressure.

Some people believe that green coffee extract helps diabetics maintain healthy blood glucose levels as well. For example, it is thought to lower the levels of glucose in the blood and also raise the amount of glycogen. In addition, it is thought to prevent an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphatase from releasing glucose from the liver, which helps to slow the amount of glucose entering the bloodstream.

Other benefits of green coffee extract include its use as an antiaging supplement and its use to lower blood pressure. Specifically, it is believed to be a source of antioxidants, working to regenerate cells and stop the aging effects on the skin. It is also believed to fight hypertension or high blood pressure.

Green coffee extract is low in caffeine, so it has few to no side effects related to caffeine consumption. Some people are recommended to use the product with caution if they are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the effect of the extract on these groups of people have not been studied. In addition, people with diseases, such as cancer, HIV, and hepatitis C should not use the product unless they consult a doctor.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK.

You might also Like

Readers Also Love

Discussion Comments

anon343888

What does "low in caffeine" mean in your article?

Low as compared to what?

How much caffeine does one ounce of green coffee have?

How much caffeine does one ounce of roasted coffee have?

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • Unroasted coffee plant beans are used to make green coffee extract.
      Unroasted coffee plant beans are used to make green coffee extract.
    • Green coffee side effects are generally minimal.
      Green coffee side effects are generally minimal.
    • Many gourmet coffee stores sell different types of green coffee in addition to green coffee extract.
      Many gourmet coffee stores sell different types of green coffee in addition to green coffee extract.
    • Green coffee extract may help lower blood pressure.
      Green coffee extract may help lower blood pressure.