Green coffee beans help to control blood sugar levels
Natural substances extracted from unroasted coffee beans can help control high blood sugar levels, according to research presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
Chlorogenic acids are substances that naturally occur in things like apples, cherries and other fruits and vegetables. Coffee is another major source of these substances — large amounts exist in green, unroasted coffee beans. When coffee is roasted, the acids are broken down, but by extracting them before roasting, they can be administered to help control blood sugar.
Extracts reduce diabetes risk and aid weight loss
Joe Vinson, Ph.D., who led the research, notes that these extracts not only reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 50 percent, but they can also help people lose weight.
"Overweight or obese people who took such an extract lost about 10 percent of their body weight in 22 weeks," a press release on the research stated.
No gastrointestinal side effects were noted, Vinson said, and the evidence suggests that chlorogenic acids could be helpful for people who are pre-diabetic as well as diabetics.
"Our own research and studies published by other scientists suggest that such a treatment may, indeed, exist," Vinson said. "There is significant epidemiological and other evidence that coffee consumption reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes."
Source: Science Daily