People are always looking for the latest key to losing weight. One of the most popular, recent all-natural supplements is pure green coffee extract, which seems like a miracle solution for many people who are eager to shed pounds. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity, people who supplement their diet with green coffee beans on a regular basis can lose an average of 17 pounds in as little as 12 weeks, without any additional diet or exercise. The 16 people who participated in this study each lost about 16% of their body fat in that time frame.
As great news as this is for anyone who needs to lose weight, it is also particularly great news for people suffering from diabetes because not only are green coffee beans perfect for weight loss, but they can help you more easily regulate your blood sugar, as well. It all boils down to how green coffee beans work.
The main ingredient in the beans that really gets them to work their seeming magic is chlorogenic acid, an active, all-natural compound. In addition to being an antioxidant, scientists have discovered in recent years that chlorogenic acid also inhibits the post-meal release of glucose into the body’s bloodstream. In other words, it regulates and slows down the sugar released into your body after you eat. Meanwhile, it also boosts metabolism, meaning the liver’s fat-burning capabilities.
What this basically means is that, since your bloodstream won’t experience as swift a rush of glucose, taking green coffee beans can help prevent your blood sugar from reaching the dramatic spikes it otherwise might after a big meal. This is particularly helpful for Type 1 diabetics.
Additionally, since it is particularly important for Type 2 diabetics to maintain a healthy body weight, the boosted metabolism also helps your body burn more of the fat you consume and keeps you from gaining too many pounds. When taken on a regular basis, they can provide an excellent supplement for diabetics who require insulin injections. They could even lead to you needing to give yourself fewer injections a day, which costs you less money, equals less pain, and is additionally good for your body as it reduces the build-up of scar tissue underneath the skin.
Unfortunately for people wondering whether drinking coffee is an alternative option, it actually is not. The process of roasting the coffee beans actually removes the chlorogenic acid all together. Instead, people need to swallow the (admittedly bitter) green coffee bean capsules, like any other pill. You can find them at your local health food store. In order to achieve the intended results, it is best to do so multiple times a day. It is generally recommended that you take two capsules half an hour before each meal as that allows the chlorogenic acid time to make its way into your bloodstream and liver before introducing the food into them.
Of course, green coffee beans aren’t a cure for diabetes. They still need to be taken in conjunction with insulin, a proper diet, and/or exercise for optimal results. They can, however, aid in making the more difficult parts of living with diabetes a bit easier to handle.