If you pay attention to Dr. Oz, you’ll already know that the latest buzz in fat loss is green-coffee extract, which you can take as a supplement or drink as a beverage (with no coffee flavor, or so Starbucks promises). The big take-away from recent research is that coffee, coffee beans, coffee leaves and caffeine, in virtually all their forms, are enormously beneficial for health, fat loss and increased strength. The best part? You’ll derive many of these benefits regardless of the form you consume. Here are some of the conclusions from recent research:
Green-coffee fruit extract supports brain function.
The extract from green coffee beans, the state they’re in before they ripen and are roasted, demonstrates benefits to neurons, the cells in the brain that support cognitive function. Coffee fruits are rich in polyphenols that help increase brain-derived neurotrophic factors, proteins that encourage nerve growth. Take 200 to 400 milligrams of green-coffee-fruit extract once or twice a day with meals.
Green-coffee-extract burns body fat.
You may drink roasted coffee, but green-coffee extract, derived from unroasted coffee beans, provides an additional benefit. Green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid, a critical component for fat loss that’s diminished by the roasting process. This fat-loss booster works synergistically with caffeine to burn the body fat that’s been released from storage by caffeine. Look for products that contain 200 to 400 milligrams of green-coffee extract that’s been standardized to 50 percent chlorogenic acid, and take it two to three times a day between meals.
Coffee-leaf tea may provide more health benefits than coffee or tea.
While coffee and tea are enormously beneficial for health and for athletes seeking fat-loss and energy benefits, new research indicates that a tea brewed from coffee leaves may be the best of all. That’s because coffee-leaf tea contains higher quantities of antioxidants than tea leaves or coffee beans.
Coffee is the highest source of antioxidants in the American diet, and caffeine (especially the supplemental anhydrous form) supports strength, focus and reduced pain while training. Regardless of the form of coffee or caffeine that you take, though, serious athletes only stand to gain from coffee.