Side Effects Of Green Coffee Extract

Posted on January 22, 2014 ยท Posted in Coffee Break

What are the major side effects of green coffee extract (GCE)? Do they affect everyone or just certain types of people? What about the correct dosage? These are some of the questions that discerning consumers want answered.

Among the two leading types of coffee plants, known as Arabica and Robusta, top quality green coffee extract is being produced from the Arabica plants. In normal circumstances, coffee beans undergo a process of roasting. In order to make green coffee extract, unroasted seeds are used. The beans will be soaked and then concentrated to make this type of extract.

This extract is a strong antioxidant, which means, it will “fight”, against the increasingly well known, dangerous free radicals. Free radicals invite cell degradation and the two prominent ingredients of this extract, known as chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, will be on your side in this fight against free radicals. As a side issue, or possibly the main reason for purchase, many people use GCE as a weight loss supplement as well.

Side Effects Of Green Coffee Extract:- Potential Problems

What about the side effects? Different companies have come up with different types of extracts and the amount of caffeine varies with each product.

Another important aspect is that people should always check whether this extract contains at least 45% of chlorogenic acid. Substandard products may also contain a lot of filler ingredients.

Pregnant women are not at all advised to use this extract and health experts also say that it may not be safe for people having liver or kidney problems.

For some people, some of the well known side effects of green coffee extract are insomnia, vomiting, nervousness, increased heart rate, restlessness, upset stomach, nausea, anxiety, increased breathing rate, headaches, agitation, diarrhea, ringing in the ears, irregular heartbeats, fatigue, calcium deficiencies, magnesium depletion, worsened bleeding disorders, depression, flushed face, muscle tension and trouble concentrating.

These side effects can always be linked with three important factors, excess dosage, abrupt stopping of the consumption of this extract and reaction with other supplements.

Those people, who take excess dose, may have to deal with side effects like gastrointestinal disturbances, ringing in the years, anxiety, irregular heartbeats, insomnia, headache and nervousness and, some people may also experience complications like bleeding disorders. High caffeine intake can also result in the loss of calcium and magnesium as well.

Abrupt stopping of the consumption of GCE can lead to symptoms like nervousness, muscle tension, fatigue, depression, flushed face, headache and trouble concentrating and, this type of coffee extract can trigger a synergistic effect when consuming it with other supplements and prescription drugs like guarana, mate and medications for diabetes and blood pressure. Such a situation can lead to increased blood pressure and other serious complications as well.

Side Effects Of Green Coffee Extract:- Use Responsibly

This type of coffee bean extract is normally safe to use when people take the correct dosage of the correct product. For this reason it is always advisable to select 100% pure extract with minimal level of caffeine. You should search for an extract that does not contain any additives, fillers or other flowing agents. It is normally good advice to start with a low dosage before building up to higher doses, but even better advice is to consult your medical practitioner, BEFORE, taking this or any other supplements.

As mentioned earlier, people should always select a coffee extract that contains at least 45% chlorogenic acid or GCA as well. A regular cup of coffee contains 150 mg caffeine and one capsule of perfect GCE contains only 8 mg of caffeine. The recommended dosage of this supplement is three times a day and people can take 400 mg capsules to keep the daily consumption around 1200 mg. The dosage of this extract should not go beyond 1600 mg a day. Follow the guidelines from your medical practitioner and those that come with the product and hopefully you will encounter minimal side effects of green coffee extract.


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