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The Top Benefits of Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green coffee bean extract does more than just aid in weight loss – it can also help boost liver function.

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Green coffee beans and green coffee bean extract have grown in popularity in recent years as a result of their health benefits and positive impact on weight loss. Green coffee beans are simply un-roasted coffee beans that are still in their natural form. Roasting these beans is what gives us the rich flavor and aroma we associate with the coffee beverage. While roasted coffee beans, and by extension coffee as a beverage, still have some of the health benefits of green coffee beans, the roasting process breaks down the compounds and reducing its effectiveness.

Green coffee beans and extract do more than aid in weight loss; they also block fat absorption, aid in regulating blood sugar levels and boost liver function. Green coffee beans do not contain the high caffeine levels of roasted coffee either.

Statistics

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2014, 39% of adults were overweight and, of them, 13% where obese. In addition, there are about 30 million people living with liver disease. This number includes Hepatitis A, B and C, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and liver cancer. There are many people who can benefit from the benefits of green coffee beans and extract for both its weight management and liver health benefits.

Chlorogenic Acid

The chemical in green coffee bean extract that offers these weight management and liver health benefits is chlorogenic acid.

Chlorogenic acid is a compound with powerful antioxidative effects which inhibits fat absorption and acts to activate metabolism of fat in the liver. Studies have shown that chlorogenic acid reduces inflammation and fibrosis in the liver – a significant health benefit to those with liver disease including hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancer. Chlorogenic acid also acts as a cholagogue, or bile flow promoter, which is the primary way it stimulates greater fat breakdown in the liver and digestive tract.

Chlorogenic acid also boosts the body’s glutathione levels, its primary antioxidant and toxin-scavenger. Glutathione is a tripeptide that acts as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger and a detoxifying agent, and acts to prevent oxidative damage. It improves the uptake of amino acids and formation of protein bonds, and binds with harmful chemicals reducing them to inactive products that can be eliminated. These two chemicals together reduce fats in the liver, increase the liver’s ability to process fats in the diet by increasing bile flow, and act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. All of these functions combine to offer powerful protection to the liver and promote weight loss.

Green Coffee Antioxidant and Svetol

Green coffee beans contain high levels of chlorogenic acid and can be made to produce an extract with a very high concentration. Green coffee bean extract is a major source of Green Coffee Antioxidant (GCA). GCA has been used in various trials to verify its benefits in weight loss, fat burning and blood glucose management.

Green coffee bean extract offers significant health benefits for those trying to lose weight and for those managing liver disease. Both of these conditions create disease in the body and overall health is significantly impacted. Green coffee bean extract can easily be added to a healthy diet. Give your body what it needs to regain balance, metabolize fat and improve liver function.

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