Green Bean Extract- Does the Miracle Pill to Burn Fat Work?

Crystal Champagne
If you are a fan of Dr.Oz, you may have seen or heard about the shows in which he plugs the weight management benefits of green coffee bean (GCB). It all started last summer when he did a study of 100 overweight women on diets, trying to loose weight. Over a 2 weeks trial, half were given a placebo and the other half were given a 400 mg of GCB three times a day a half hour before each meal.

At the end of the study, the women who took their daily dose of GCB lost on average, an extra pound a week; compared to the women who took the placebo and did not experience any extra weight loss.

Miracle weight loss pill, the real deal?

After all the media hype, I wondered in fact if these pills were the real deal. Or was it just a Dr. Oz endorsement to add to his already existing millions.

Call me jaded but I questioned his integrity and credibility, because as far as I am concerned there is no “miracle” pill to help you loose weight. As I have always stated the only way to loose those extra pounds is through diet and exercise.

However, Dr. Oz has since gone on the show to deny he makes any money for promoting these pills. He says, the only reasons he has been promoting GCB, are based on the science and his study.

How is the GCB supposed to work?

The green coffee bean extract contains an anti-oxidant called chlorogenic acid, which claims to slow down the release of the G6P enzyme.

The G6P is known in the science world to stabilize blood sugar levels. There is a direct correlation between high blood sugar and weight gain.  So someone on a weight loss program or who is diabetic can definitely benefit from taking this supplement if the claims are true.

A look at the risks

One of the problems I foresee, is that someone needing to loose weight may be suffering from undiagnosed hypothyroidism, adrenal problems such as cortisol imbalance, or estrogen dominance. And no amount of green coffee bean extract will fix that.

Due to the huge media hype, many have rushed out to buy GCB, without considering going for blood or urine tests - the only ways to uncover the underlying cause of your excess weight.

Another afterthought; high amounts of chlorogenic acid robs the body of magnesium, iron and zinc.

  • Magnesium deficiency is related to heart arrhythmias, depression, muscle cramps, twitches, tics and hypertension.
  • Iron deficiency is related to fatigue, pale skin, brittle nails, heart arrhythmias, dizziness, heavy arms and legs, and general weakness.
  • Zinc deficiency is related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), infertility, higher susceptibility to colds/flu, loss of taste, hearing or smell, brain fog, poor wound healing, hair loss.

My opinion of the pros and cons

It seems there is some validation to back the bean buzz. However, I really do not think it is worth shelling over lots of money, especially when results may quite small.

Look at it this way; one extra pound lost a week is barely worth the uncertain long-term risks we may be subjecting ourselves to.

Personally, I prefer sticking to what I know works for weight loss, which is a sustainable diet paired with daily physical activity.

Yes it is boring, but as I like to say, “ better safe than sorry.”

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Crystal Champagne - Personal Trainer
Crystal combines 10 years of competitive equestrian riding to her certifications as a personal and group trainer to inspire individuals in achieving their fitness objectives. As well, she enjoys working as a strength coach for elite athletic sports teams.

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