Green coffee beans are raw, unroasted coffee beans. The roasting process seems to destroy some of the healthy, natural chemicals in the beans. Because of media attention, green coffee has become a popular supplement for weight loss.
Why do people take green coffee?
Some research shows green coffee may help with weight loss. A few small studies found that people taking green coffee lost 3 to 5 pounds more than people who weren’t. Green coffee may act by lowering blood sugar and blocking fat buildup.
Green coffee also seems to help lower high blood pressure in some people. One small study in people with mild high blood pressure showed benefit over the placebo.
Optimal doses of green coffee have not been set for either condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose. Ask your doctor for advice.
Can you get green coffee naturally from foods?
Green coffee comes from the same beans people use for brewing coffee. The only difference is that the coffee beans are unroasted.
What are the risks?
Tell your doctor about any supplements you’re taking, even if they’re natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications.
Side effects. Green coffee seems to cause few side effects. The caffeine in green coffee — just like the caffeine in brewed coffee — can cause symptoms that include: