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Q:

Is green coffee extract a good thing for type 2 patients to take?

Amy Campbell

A:

Green coffee extract, which comes from unroasted coffee beans, seems to be one of the latest fads, thanks, in part to Dr. Oz’s show. The speculation is that the chlorogenic acid found in green coffee beans blocks the release of glucose from the liver and also boosts metabolism. It may also help lower blood pressure. You apparently won’t get the same benefit from roasted coffee beans (which is what coffee is made from), because roasting them removes the chlorogenic acid. While a small handful of studies indicate that it might be helpful for weight loss, the studies were not very well done, and also involved very small numbers of people. Meaningful studies are generally done with thousands of people, ; large studies are which is necessary to establish safety and effectiveness, and to rule out other factors that could be contributing to the results, such as weight loss or decreased blood pressure, for example. While there are no known safety issues with green coffee extract, it’s best to talk with your healthcare provider before taking this or any other type of supplement.