This might be a new superfood to the media but green coffee powder has been used by African civilization for almost a thousand years! Instead of roasting the beans (as we do coffee today), green coffee beans were brewed. In fact, it contains approximately the same caffeine per serving as green tea.
Thirty years ago, researchers looked into green coffee beans for cancer protection and detoxification benefits. It was only recently that news of green coffee made its way onto the worldwide health scene (courtesy of Dr. Oz)…and it has taken off.
Modern science takes some time to catch up to whole foods and holistic remedies that have worked for generations.
What’s So Great about Green Coffee?
You probably already know that regular roasted coffee is pretty good for you. It has scientifically proven benefits in preventing certain forms of cancer, improving energy, inhibiting glucose intolerance that leads to diabetes, boosting brain function, burning fat, and lowering your risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia. Not to mention the mood elevating effects!
With normal coffee being so awesome, why consider green coffee?
A Natural Process – A Damaging Result
Free radicals are atoms that aren’t paired with an electron. This mutation causes a chain reaction where the unpaired atom seeks to find an electron from a healthy cell.
Instead, it damages the healthy cell (turning it into another free radical) and the cycle can quickly get out of hand inside your body. This causes your immune system to react and the result is inflammation that leads to rapid aging, disease, and chronic pain.
It all begins with oxidation (a normal process) that happens when your cells interact with oxygen. You need oxygen so there’s no way to prevent the process but “mopping up” the free radicals is the job of antioxidant rich foods.
When you eat the right foods, free radical damage is unable to spiral out of control.
The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) scale determines how much antioxidant power a food or beverage contains. The higher the number, the more free radical damage it can prevent or reverse.
The much adored blueberry (a proven superfood with untold health benefits) scores a 10 on the ORAC scale and oranges (packed with vitamin C and all around good stuff) score 3.
Green coffee beans score over 2500 on the ORAC scale. This incredible score confirms that green coffee powder has more antioxidant power than most known foods.
Naturally, the ORAC scale isn’t the only thing to consider. Blueberries and oranges have amazing properties that make them a wonderful addition to a healthy diet and they do more for your body than fight free radical damage.
Green coffee powder is more of a street fighter of free radicals. The kind of antioxidant power that might not have the nutritional pop of more well known superfoods but that delivers on the cellular level to fight the effects of oxidation.
The combination of oxidation, lack of nutrition, pollutant exposure, and even stress can contribute to total body inflammation…and that is bad news for your health.
Health Benefits of Green Coffee Powder
• Heart Health: Several studies have confirmed that green coffee is beneficial to regulating blood pressure. Research published in the Hypertension Research journal stated that participants showed dramatic reductions in diastolic and systolic numbers.
• Weight Control: The University of Scranton tested the effects of green coffee against a placebo for eight weeks. Without changing exercise or nutritional intake, the volunteers using green coffee showed improvement in weight loss, body mass index, and body fat.
Dr. Joe Vinson headed the study and concluded, “The results are consistent with human and animal studies and a meta-analysis of the efficacy of green coffee extract in weight loss. [Green coffee extract] may be an effective nutraceutical in reducing weight in pre-obese adults, and may be an inexpensive means of preventing obesity in overweight adults.”
• Diabetes Prevention: Green coffee contains a much higher level of chlorogenic acid (CGA) than regular coffee. It is a compound proven to improve glucose tolerance.
Multiple studies have been done on the anti-diabetic benefits of coffee due to chlorogenic acid so researchers are excited about the greater potential for green coffee powder in the treatment of diabetes.
How to Add this African Superfood to Your Diet Plan
Search for a supplier that uses organic raw beans that are not processed at high temperatures. The lower the heat the beans are exposed to, the more antioxidants are preserved. You don’t want any fillers, additives, or preservatives.
It is an excellent addition to your daily green smoothie, stirred into yogurt or other desserts, and can be combined with dark chocolate for a decadent, gourmet result. Adding green coffee powder to your coffee boosts the flavor and combines the nutritional power of both forms!
Don’t settle for an average cup of joe!