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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(Green) Coffee, (Green) Tea or Me? - Chlorogenic Acid Benefits

There's been a huge amount of hype lately about the weight loss benefits of green coffee, especially since the Dr. Oz episode that aired September 10th of this year.

According to the show, green coffee bean extract contains 50% chlorogenic acid and that seems to be the fat fighting chemical that the supplements are becoming famous for.

Chlorogenic acid is a powerful antioxidant that also works to slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal. One could easily see the importance of including chlorogenic acid in the diet of a diabetic.

Even for those who are not suffering from diabetes, slowing the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal translates into weight loss over time.

In addition, chlorogenic acid possesses anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Chlorogenic acid also works to support liver and gallbladder health by keeping bile flowing freely and removing toxins from these organs. However, too much chlorogenic acid can have a negative effect on the immune system response and can cause gallstones to form.

For example, individuals with chronic inflammatory disease should limit their intake of chlorogenic acid. Negative effects of too much chlorogenic acid may be due in part to the laxative effects of this compound. Over-stimulated bowels results in diarrhea and a lowered immune system.

Foods with the highest sources of chlorogenic acid are coffee, tea, sunflower seeds and blueberries. Other sources with smaller amounts include potatoes, apples, pears, eggplant, peaches, tomatoes, prunes and Chinese parsley. Most of the acid is found in the skins of these fruits and vegetables.

You as a person also determine the amount of chlorogenic acid that your body absorbs because a great deal of the absorption takes place in the colon before foods containing them are excreted as waste.

This emphasizes the importance of having and maintaining a healthy colon. An article published July 29, 2010 online at US Library of Medicine at nih.gov concerning the bioavailability of chlorogenic acids reports that this compound is produced in quantity in the colon after contact with the micro flora that reside there. It is then absorbed into the bloodstream and passed throughout the body before being excreted in urine.

So, in effect, yes, chlorogenic acid can help you lose weight and control blood glucose levels. Yes, Green Coffee Extract and Green Tea contain chlorogenic acid and yes, there are some health benefits to these foods. However, too much of a good thing can be bad. Moderation is the key. But, that's not especially newsworthy.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, this was helpful. Especially since Life Extension magazine just did a huge article on the benefits of coffee & chlorogenic acid without once mentioning any downside at all. And guess what -- they're now selling their own brand of coffee! What a shock. :)

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