Green coffee bean extract hits the news as popular weapon against blood sugar spikes
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Green coffee bean extract hits the news as popular weapon against blood sugar spikes

Davis : CA : USA | Nov 19, 2011 at 8:04 PM PST
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What new weapons do scientists now have to control blood sugar surges? Is Sacramento a city of pre-diabetics? Is the nation pre-diabetic? And can green coffee bean extract control blood glucose spikes?

Currently the antioxidant in the news is green coffee bean extract. In the Sacramento and Davis regional areas, the University of California, Davis studies the health effects of the antioxidants in green coffee bean extract. See, Cardio Tonic-BP - Natura Health Products. Also see the PDF article, Analysis of volatile components isolated from Hawaiian green coffee beans.

In that study, the volatile extract of Hawaiian green coffee beans exhibited strong antioxidant activity in two testing systems. Considering previous reports and chemical structures of components identified in this study, the antioxidant activity of volatile green coffee extract may be due to the presence of several components. They include 1-octen-3-ol, benzyl alcohol, methyl salicylate and 4-hydroxy-3-methylacetophenone. Also see another study, Lee KG, Mitchell AE, Shibamoto T. Biofactors 2000; 13:173–178.

Some scientists have identified a 'weapon' to control blood sugar surges, and that 'weapon' for now is green coffee bean extract. Apparently one of the compounds in it called chlorogenic acid has been shown to target your "glucose-6-phosphatase" and blunts blood sugar levels after you've eaten foods that turn to sugar in your bloodstream, by up to 32%.

Researchers have been looking at people who restrict calories in the hopes that restricting calories but having good nutrition will help humans live longer. At least some of the animals tested lived longer on a nutrition-dense but calorie-restricted diet.

What scientists also happened to find, not knowing how much longer a human will live on a calorie-restricted diet compared to an animal on a calorie-restricted diet, is that people on calorie-restricted diets do show lower blood glucose (blood sugar) levels.

Is this a compound for longevity-enthusiasts or anyone seeking more 'normal' for them--blood glucose levels? Or is it one more way to market green coffee bean extract to those who avoid coffee because of adverse reactions to coffee or caffeine. In some people, caffeine gives them the shakes and a faster heartbeat. In other people, caffeine and coffee doesn't make much difference in how nervous or anxious they feel after drinking a cup of coffee.

And does the extract contain caffeine? If so, how much? Basically, now some scientists are suggesting green coffee bean extract to fight the 'internal' processes that may cause too high elevations in blood sugar levels. For an in-depth article on this topic, please see page 10 of the winter 2011-2012 issue of Life Extension magazine. The article by Kirk Stokel is, "Are We All Pre Diabetic?" See, Are We All Pre-Diabetic? - Life Extension. Also see, Are We All Pre-Diabetic? - 2 - Life Extension.

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AnneHart is based in Sacramento, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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