What do you know about the latest fad among celebrities such as Katy Perry and Demi Moore? Is it healthy, does it curb their appetite and burn fat? The fad is a green-coffee extract pill.
It is made from unripe coffee beans. Although the beans have no caffeine, which one would think they have to speed up metabolism, they do not. They do have chemicals called chlorogenic acids, according to literature on the product. A substance called 5-caffeoylquinic acid is said to help metabolize body fat.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is talking about this product. He believes it works but warns us that there are fakes on the market (i.e. online).
He conducted his own trial with two groups of women. For two weeks, one took 1200 mgs of extract daily and the other took a placebo. While the placebo group lost a collective 41 pounds the group taking the extract lost 81 pounds.
Those in the placebo group said they generally ate less and lost one pound on average. Those who took the extract lost about two pounds in two weeks. According to WebMD people need to take the extract for at least three months to see any results. According to WebMD, the information is poor but Oz said that his test results proved to him that the extract works.
There can be side effects such as anxiety, high blood pressure and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
In Hollywood, there have been reports that celebrities are taking as much as 1600mgs a day!
Read about green coffee here.