Green Coffee Bean Extract
Unless you’ve been camping on Tristan da Cunha for the last year you’ve already heard of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) and it’s wildly popular use as a weight loss supplement. Hundreds (thousands?) of people in town are using this supplement and if you’re thinking about joining their ranks you might want to know what it’s doing to people. Are they losing weight with GCBE? Is it healthy to take long term? Are there side effects?
Let’s start with science; as you know, I like science, data give me confidence. Moreover, because I like science I’m only going to talk about one particular type of GCBE. There are different production methods used in creating these supplements, and the only GCBE I know of that has studies proving it is effective is the registered, trademarked type of GCBE known as Svetol®.
First, the Svetol type of GCBE is produced from a higher quality coffee bean than other GCBEs and the extraction process, unlike other GCBEs, is called non-selective, meaning you’re getting components in Svetol not available in generic GCBEs. Experimental and clinical studies have tested the safety and efficacy of Svetol and shown that is has a (now-patented) ratio of acids (including the all important chlorogenic acid you already know about) that maximizes its benefits and are not available - to my knowledge - in any other GCBE.
There are two important mechanisms by which Svetol produces the weight loss so many of us desire. Researchers have found that Svetol decreases the absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine and decreases the release of sugars from the liver (that is a lovely clue about what we should be cutting out of our diets). Both of those actions translate into lower blood sugar levels and therefore lower insulin levels – and that means we finally get to burn some fat! While you’ll hear much larger doses touted as “necessary” the fact is studies with Svetol have been effective using only 400 mg a day total. Sixty-day studies have resulted in a near 6% loss in body weight with a 4% increase in muscle mass. And not a side effect in sight.
There’s another lovely supplement out there called European Ash and it too blocks carbohydrate absorption. Here’s a quick rundown of what it’s been shown to do in the laboratory: 32% lower weight gain when eating a very high calorie diet, blood sugar levels down by 77%, and insulin levels down by 53% (remember lower insulin means “now I can burn some fat”). As an added and unexpected bonus it decreased fatty liver issues by 67% (that’s a side effect we can applaud!)
I know of only one product on the market that sells these two high quality trademarked items together in the required amounts: Simply Trim by a company called Renew Life. We’ve sold it for years and have we seen results? In almost every single instance the reports coming back to us have been positive: from a few pounds a month to 10 pounds a week. I am a firm believer in “food first” as a way to get results for most health related issues, but sometimes a product comes along that just makes me happy. Simply Trim is one of those; so I thought I’d share.
-Mona Sims CNPA