The Diet Pills Watchdog Ingredient Videos: Green Coffee Bean
While we know that natural supplements can often work well when it comes to weight loss, there's not enough hard evidence about to be able to say the same about green coffee bean extract.
In theory, there's a lot going for it – its production enhances the presence of chlorogenic acid compared to roasted coffee beans and according to some research, that element can encourage the breakdown of fat, block fat and carbohydrate absorption and keep blood sugar and insulin levels steady.
There is even further research that suggests that the extract can also help to bring down your blood pressure, reduce the risk of metabolic disease and prevent the development of diabetes. However, many of these findings come with a big 'but' attached.
In many cases, this is because green coffee bean extract has only been tested in theoretical circumstances outside of the human body, either in a Petri dish or using animals, meaning there are no guarantees that it will work on people.
When it has been tested on humans, the sample size has been too small to be of any real scientific use, while there are even some suspicions that chlorogenic acid may not even be the active agent, as caffeine is also present and we know that that can have a positive influence on weight loss.
Lack of testing also means that the presence of side effects is disputed, but it stands to reason that people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or with heart complaints should steer clear for now at least.