Jarrow Formulas Green Coffee Bean is derived from raw, unroasted coffee beans and offers a potent source of plant-derived antioxidants with the most predominant being the polyphenols caffeic and chlorogenic acids. Green Coffee Bean Extract offers excellent free radical-quenching capabilities. By neutralizing free radicals and regenerating vitamin E, Green Coffee Bean Extract inhibits lipid and LDL peroxidation, thereby promoting cardiovascular health.
Green Coffee Bean Extract promotes glucose regulation and balance by inhibiting the activity of glucose-6-phosphatase, an enzyme involved in the release of glucose from liver stores, thus slowing the release of glucose into the blood
who can benefit from Green Coffee Bean extract?
Green Coffee Bean is recommended for people who want the antioxidant and blood sugar health benefits derived from several cups of coffee, but who wish to avoid the negative aspects.
Centuries ago in the sleepy terrain that is modern day Ethiopia, a young goatherd awoke to find his flock had run off. As he desperately searched to find his lost goats, his own vitality began to wane. On the brink of exhaustion, he turned a ridge and was amazed to find his flock romping about in exuberance. To the young goatherd it appeared that his goats were dancing. Incredulous and fatigued, he noticed some of the goats eating the berries of a nearby shrub. Desperate to regain some pep himself, he joined his flock in imbibing the berries. Soon he felt rejuvenated and the goatherd and as his flock frolicked back to their home pasture. As legend tells it, the coffee “bean” had been discovered.
In an effort to avoid the bitter taste of the natural bean, people began to process the beans and brew them into a version of the drink that we now know as coffee. However as is now becoming clear to modern science, the roasting process seems to significantly reduce the antioxidant and other salubrious properties of the raw coffee bean. In addition, there is increasing evidence to suggest that other properties of brewed coffee can be detrimental. It appears the goatherd and his flock had inadvertently happened upon the best method to achieve the beneficial antioxidant effects of the coffee plant—eating the raw bean.
Step back into antiquity with the goatherd and his flock using Jarrow Formulas Green Coffee Bean —derived from raw, unroasted coffee beans.
Jarrow Formulas understands the good buzz on coffee keeps getting stronger. The much maligned beverage can have a positive impact through its prime phenolic antioxidant constituents—chlorogenic and caffeic acid. Before coffee beans are roasted, they contain the highest known antioxidant concentration of any food. Antioxidants play a major role in helping to prevent cell damage and inflammation, by scavenging free radicals that contribute to oxidative stress.
Unfortunately, brewed coffee has significantly diminished antioxidant levels, depending on the degree to which the beans were roasted. A study of more than 27,000 postmenopausal women concluded that coffee’s antioxidant properties inhibit inflammation and promote cardiovascular health. In addition, Harvard researchers found that coffee promotes blood sugar health substantially. The heart health and blood sugar benefits from moderate coffee consumption may also be due to its antioxidant constituents.
Caffeic acid is a naturally occurring phenolic antioxidant that has been found to have antimicrobial properties. Chlorogenic acid is one such ester of caffeic acid found widespread in plants. Evidence suggests that chlorogenic acid slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal and promotes glucose regulation and balance by inhibiting the activity of glucose-6-phosphatase. There is even a company that markets chlorogenic acid in Europe as an active food ingredient to promote weight reduction.
Despite the good buzz, the drawbacks of drinking too much coffee are like a caffeine withdrawal headache---painful. Too much caffeine can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, tremors, sleeplessness, headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, abnormal heart rhythms, dehydration, and may increase blood pressure.* Some individuals handle coffee better than others, and some types of coffee are less harmful than others. Other coffee constituents called diterpenes (in unfiltered coffee) may increase the risk of coronary heart disease and promote cardiovascular inflammation. Finally, liquid coffee as a beverage appears to leech several vitamins and minerals from the body including multiple B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Jarrow Formulas’ Green Coffee Bean is derived from green raw, un-roasted coffee beans. It offers a potent source of the plant-derived antioxidants, namely the phenolic compounds caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid, without high levels of detrimental coffee components. Green Coffee Bean offers excellent free radical-quenching capabilities thereby promoting cardiovascular health.
Clinical trials have demonstrated that Green Coffee Bean Extract supports weight management.
Jarrow Formulas’ Green Coffee Bean provides all the salubrious benefits of the raw coffee bean without the downsides that can be associated with consuming too much coffee and caffeine. So if you’re thinking about cutting down on your coffee intake but also want to maximize your coffee antioxidants, remember the goatherd and his dancing goats— try Green Coffee Bean.
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Why can resistant starch improve your blood sugar balance?
Among the most popular good intentions we have before the new year starts is to improve health and lose weight.
Sadly, for many of us, those good intentions fall by the wayside within as little as 1 or 2 weeks. The main reason for failing on any given diet is that it tends to be a too drastic change in how we tend to eat.
Which for most of us, tends to be a moderate to high-carb diet, which for most Dutch people tends to revolve around bread and potatoes. That will make it very hard if you want to make a switch to a low-carb diet as is the norm these days.
However, I've got good news for you! You may not need to give up on all of your carbs. Instead, you can try to switch from carbs that have a negative impact on your blood sugar balance, towards slow-acting carbs also known as ... resistant starch.
Even when you are quite happy about eating a (very) low-carb diet, there are still ways to increase the amount of resistant starch in your diet, without drastically increasing the amount of calories and 'net carbs'.
Therefore the article below will tell you everything about resistant starch you need to know.
Set point and holiday weight gain
Leptin, leptin resistance and SIRT1
After demand for resveratrol and pterostilbene went up considerably, due to a remark on tv by a doctor about its' effect on leptin and cardiovascular function, we got a lot of requests to explain how leptin works.
Currently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after years of research focused on hormones that affect body weight and calorie intake. While initially researchers believed the discovery could be used to create powerful weight loss supplements, this has never happened.
How does leptin function in the body and where does the hormone come from? Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and eating behavior. The nickname “the starvation hormone” has been given to leptin because levels tend to plummet when someone restricts their calorie intake too much, exercises more and loses body fat. These are all factors involved in what’s called “starvation mode.”
Meanwhile, ghrelin is called a “hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat.
At your ideal “set point weight,” fat cells produce a given amount of leptin, which maintains the internal energy balance needed for necessary cellular function and proper weight management. In most healthy adults, changes in body weight will trigger changes in leptin, causing appetite to either increase when body fat falls or decrease when body fat rises — although in some susceptible individuals this energy-balance system seems to malfunction.
There’s still a lot to learn about how leptin resistance or decreased sensitivity to leptin’s signals develops, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it. Many experts believe that eating a highly processed diet — especially while also leading a stressful and mostly sedentary lifestyle — is the perfect storm for developing leptin resistance.
Even if someone is genetically susceptible to weight gain or obesity, there’s still a lot they can do to help prevent this from happening, especially eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough exercise and taking steps to manage stress.
Heart disease: what are the differences between men and women?
Past week there was attention for new documentary called "De slag om het vrouwenhart", made by Hella de Jong, in which she relates about her quest for heart health. She suspected health problems, but wasn't sure why. After having been told her problems were psychosomatic, caused by her parents' traumatic WWII experiences, she wasn't satisfied and kept pushing for more research. Finally she got a massive heart attack while perfoming a stress test in the hospital.
This interview sent me on an immediate flashback to 1985, when my mom felt ill enough to visit the hopital after what was probably a minor heart attack. Her complaints weren't taken very seriously, yet they admitted her to hospital, though without being tied to a heart monitor. It was here she died that same day in the presence of my brother. When listening to Hella's story it seems there hasn't changed much in 35 years.
For a very long time, women were not taken into consideration when research was conducted on heart diseasae. Nor were they taken seriously when they went to their doctors with health complaints. Yet, among women, heart disease has also become the leading cause of death.
Determining heart disease risk in women
Women and men share many heart disease risk factors, but recent studies are showing what previous male-focused studies have not shown: Women also have their own unique heart disease risk factors.
Traditional risk factors common to both women and men:
- high blood pressure
- family history
- metabolic syndrome – the co-existence of high blood pressure, obesity, and high glucose and triglyceride levels
- high levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur along with other cardiovascular risk factors
Some risk factors that relate specifically to women or that can affect women disproportionately include:
- relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
- increasing hypertension during menopause
- autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis – more common in women than in men
- stress and depression are more common among women
- low risk factor awareness: lack of recognition of many of the above conditions as risk factors for heart disease is a risk factor in itself
How to love your body?
With all these standards for beauty, it’s easy to plummet into a spiral of body-hating. Don’t succumb to the pressure! Love your body, no matter what!
Body shaming is, sadly, a trend these days. You have songs that hate on the skinny girls because “real women have curves.” Then you have songs about shaming people who don’t happen to have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model. We all know that no one is perfect, but there are still some people who insist on telling people how they should look, how they should act, what size they should be, what their hair color should look like.
Everyone has the right to love their own body. Whether you’re skinny, fat, tall, short, missing a limb, dark-skinned, pale-skinned, what have you, every single body in the world deserves to be loved. It’s just a shame that so many people insist on hating on their bodies, simply because they don’t conform to the unrealistic standards set by society.
Why celebrating life with food is important for our health
Especially in the darkest months of the year, there seems to be an endless amount of celebrations.
No matter what is always a common theme: food is the main attraction! In fact, the focus society currently places on food has caused us to associate certain foods with holidays, past events and special times. When we sink our teeth into such foods, it can bring back memories we hold close and take us back to a time we enjoyed. Food is much more powerful than we think!
From catching up for coffee, relaxing over brunch, indulging in a long lunch or bonding at a BBQ, it’s hard to imagine getting together without the company of food. Food is something we all have in common, we all must eat, most of us find food pleasurable and trying new foods or cafes is a new experience we can share with others.
Why is it so hard for a diabetic to keep blood sugar levels stable?
Most of you will know how food containing starches or sugars will raise blood sugar levels, and those of us who are dependent on insulin to control blood sugar levels, either because they are born with diabetes (type 1) or develop it later in life (type 2), are keen on keeping their blood sugar levels within a certain range.
This isn't always easy, even when ingesting a precalculated amount of carbohydrates.
There are several reasons why blood sugar levels can fluctuate
Exercise or diet, what's better for weight loss?Especially in January, we are asked whether it is better to lose weight by exercise or by diet.
The response I mostly give is that diet is the more efficient method but makes you grumpy and if you overdo it, will lose muscle, while exercise can make you happy, fit and strong.
A few years ago the discovery how in general, exercise doesn't make you lose weight made headlines.
In my former life as a long-distance cyclist I'd have shaken my head in disbelief.. after all, every single spring, fat would almost literally melt away once the cycling season started.
Anyhow, as counterintuitive as it seems to mile-eating cardio-junkies, exercising more is not the best solution to weight loss mostly because the weight piles on off-season.
True enough , once the season was over, the fat would pile on equally fast. Why?
Quite simply, unlike many of my cycling buddies who were also passionate about (marathon) skating, I didn't practice any other sport. Some others refused to skate indoor and only wanted to skate on natural ice, which has become a rarity in the the past 30 years!
Of course I knew exercise burns calories, but somehow it is very difficult to adjust to diet upwards or downwards as appetite lags behind so much!
What are free radicals?The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.
Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism. Free radicals can be seen as as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body.
Yet, free radicals are essential to life. The body's ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.
Protect your body against the dangers of agingAntioxidants, everyone has heard of them, but only a few know what they really are and what they do.
Antioxidants are present in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, where they protect the plant against insects. Fruits and vegetables that have bright, distinctive (dark) colors, have the highest amount of antioxidants, such as the very well known red tomatoes, blueberries, purple grapes, green (and purple!) kale, yellow corn and orange carrots.
Take 1 capsule per day or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
green coffee bean extract (Coffea arabica) 400mg †
- contains 50% chlorogenic acid 200mg
- caffeine approx. 16mg
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (green coffee bean extract), anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), filler (vegetable magnesium stearate, cellulose) , capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children
If you have a medical condition (especially diabetes or being treated for glucose control), are pregnant, lactating, trying to conceive, under the age of 18, or taking medications (especially for glucose control), consult your health care practitioner before using this product.
One capsule contains a small amount of caffeine –– less than 16 mg –– which is the amount found in approximately one quarter cup of green tea.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans