Coffee lovers swear by their love for coffee and as one of the most popular beverages in the world, there are many versions of coffee to suit your palette. Some coffees have already established their popularity while others, like green coffee, are just beginning to gain traction, especially as a healthy beverage. Green coffee beans are the natural coffee beans that are unroasted, completely raw, unlike the ones that are found in supermarkets. Its taste is different too and has a milder, ‘herbal’ flavour. Chlorogenic acid is the most vital component of coffee beans, something that gets removed when coffee beans are roasted. Green coffee retains the maximum amount of chlorogenic acid, which has anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic and anti-carcinogenic properties. These properties make green coffee a really good morning cuppa option. Let’s take a look at some of green coffee’s main benefits:
1. Studies have found that green coffee bean extract (GCBE) can help with weight loss by lowering the accumulation of body fat. The obese mice on which the study was conducted were fed a high-fat diet and the green coffee bean extract was found to have significantly lowered body weight gain. Another study found promising results for the use of GCE as a weight loss supplement. Though more research needs to be done in order to guarantee its status as a powerful weight loss tool, the signs so far are encouraging. Another way in which chlorogenic acid aids weight loss is by increasing the levels of a hormone known as adiponectin. Adiponectin helps the body burn fat while boosting metabolism.
2. The chlorogenic acid in green coffee has been found to affect blood glucose levels. According to a study, people who consumed a high dose of GCE (400 mg), saw a massive drop in blood glucose levels. Regular intake of three to four cups of decaffeinated coffee with high chlorogenic acid content reduced the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 30%. Chlorogenic acid also activates insulin secretion and has often been labelled as anti-diabetic agent.
3. Chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans appears to also have a positive effect on the blood vessels impacting heart health. It also has been found to lower blood pressure in those with hypertension in both humans and animals. A 2006 study from Japan found that 140 mg of green coffee extract when consumed for 12 weeks reduced the systolic blood pressure by 5 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 3 mmHg in mildly hypertensive adults. However, this does not guarantee benefit for everyone with high blood pressure, especially people with caffeine sensitivity.
4. Chlorogenic acid in green coffee has high levels of antioxidants which are known to slow down the effects of ageing. With age, your face becomes the first area that exhibits visible effects of ultraviolet radiation or UV which takes the form of wrinkles, fine lines, discolouration, dryness and sagging. The UV rays wreak unforgivable havoc on the skin with its production of free radicals which are responsible for breaking down the vital components of skin’s framework leading to the tell-tale signs of ageing. Green coffee beans help to rejuvenate skin texture and firmness while also reducing redness and appearance of wrinkles.
What you should be looking at while buying green coffee?
You might want to pay attention to a few things before you get green coffee. First, since green coffee beans are often vulnerable to mould formation during storage creating harmful compounds like mycotoxins. So, you might want to buy from reputable sellers only who follow hygienic storage practices. Also, if you are looking to lose weight with green coffee, ensure you choose a product that has a minimum of 30-50% chlorogenic acid concentration (that which aids the weight loss). All available green coffee products do not have same concentrations of chlorogenic acid and you need to review the concentration percentage before you make a purchase.
QNET Nutriplus Qafé
If you are looking to make a switch, QNET’s Nutriplus Qafé has you covered. It is a specially formulated coffee mix with unroasted green coffee bean extract. This coffee mix with green coffee contains 53% chlorogenic acid and also has Nutriose®, a scientifically proven prebiotic soluble fibre from France that adds bulk to the diet, resulting in reduced calorie intake and an extended energy release.