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Green Coffee Beans Extract Reviews: What Doctors Say About the Supplement

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Green coffee bean extract has been hailed as an effective weight-reducing supplement, according to reviews by many dieters and companies. Research on the extract has had both promising and questionable results.

Dr. Mehmet Oz promoted the extract as a weight-loss cure on his popular TV show, but authors later retracted a study he cited for its effectiveness.

The researchers stated they could no longer guarantee the validity of the data in their study in the medical journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity. The study was funded by Applied Food Science, Inc., which manufactures green coffee bean extract, according to Fox News.

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Today Health reported
that a review in a 2011 issue of Gastroenterology Research and Practice revealed three studies that showed moderate weight loss, an average of about 5.5 pounds. However, the journal noted that more research is necessary because the studies may have been of poor quality.

Consumers should consider approval by their physician when taking certain supplements, said Dr. Holly Lofton, assistant professor of the weight management program at New York University Langone Medical Center. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate supplements, as it does with drugs, and examines possible fraud following a wide range of complaints.

As for advertisers who promise weight loss cures in supplements, Lofton noted, "I wouldn't take that to heart unless the person has 'Saint' in their credentials," reports Fox News.

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Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted. Animal studies of the extract have shown weight reduction in animal. Dietitian Joe Leech pointed out that some human studies look promising, but longer trials are needed before green coffee bean extract can be highly recommended, according to Authority Nutrition.

Reviews suggest the extract is safe and effective, according to registered dietitian Elisa Zied. However, Zied added that the weight loss shown in studies is small and the long-term risks are unknown.

Some studies show green coffee bean extract may lower blood pressure levels for people with mildly high blood pressure, according to WebMD. The caffeine in green coffee could cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, and an increased heart and breathing rate.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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