Have you ever heard about green coffee and its benefits? I bet you do not know the many properties of coffee in each of its phases and how to use them.
What is green coffee?
Green coffee is coffee beans that have not yet been roasted.
Coffee contains a component called chlorogenic acid, which is reduced during roasting. For this reason, green coffee is known for its health benefits. If you have ever researched this topic, you will know that it helps with weight loss.
Don’t worry, drinking green coffee is completely safe. The only side effects are the same ones you experience with the caffeine in regular coffee. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before starting any treatment or home remedy with green coffee, as not all bodies react the same way.
Green coffee is available as beans, liquid extract, and capsules. If you want something more convenient and readily available, you can opt for extracts or capsules, which are very similar to green tea. However, if you have the option of buying green coffee at a local store, it is a good option.
How to brew green coffee?
The easiest way to consume green coffee at home is an infusion.
- Boil a glass of water and add 2 tablespoons of green coffee beans.
- Wait about 20 minutes or until the beans swell a little.
- When the beans have swelled, add another glass of water and boil for another 5 minutes.
- Allow to stand and strain coffee beans out to let the beverage cool.
If you have the option of grinding the green coffee beans, you can brew the infusion in a plunger coffee maker, such as a French press. See the step-by-step instructions:
- Boil a glass of water with a tablespoon of ground green coffee beans.
- After 5 minutes, strain the infusion to use only the liquid. Done!
Another option is to make it similar to the Cold Brew method. If you have such a coffee maker, it will be even easier. If not, read the following instructions:
*For a glass of water, add two tablespoons of green coffee beans.
- In cold water, add the amount of green coffee according to the amount of water and let stand for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- After that time, you can strain the drink and enjoy it cold and much more concentrated than with the two previous options.
How much and how to drink the infusion?
It is recommended to drink two cups of this infusion (hot, warm, or cold) per day to benefit from all the properties of coffee. You can drink one cup in the morning before breakfast and one before bedtime, as you would with tea.
If you find the taste of the infusion too flat or bitter, you can add a natural sweetener such as honey or stevia. However, if you want to lose weight, you should drink it without any additives. You will notice that this drink will not taste like our morning coffee, because green coffee does not have the taste of roasted coffee.
Benefits of green coffee
Now that you know what green coffee is and how to brew it, it’s time to look at some of the many benefits you can get in addition to the properties you already find in regular coffee. Read on!
Boosts the immune system
As mentioned above, green coffee contains a high amount of chlorogenic acid, which reduces free radicals and their effects. It also helps eliminate toxins, viruses, and fungi that may be present in the body and improve the immune system by eliminating them. The dosage is always according to your doctor’s instructions.
In addition, some ongoing studies are proving that this acid lowers the risk of cancer and increases the body’s defenses during cancer treatment. Especially when it comes to breast cancer.
Many cosmetic treatments that reduce the signs of aging contain coffee. The reason is that green coffee contains volatile compounds such as theophylline, gamma-aminobutyric acid, epigallocatechin gallate, and others that help improve skin texture and prevent premature wrinkles.
In addition, as we have already made clear, it helps eliminate free radicals, which are directly related to cellular aging.
As mentioned earlier, one of the most common uses of green coffee is for weight loss. There are some studies, albeit limited, that claim chlorogenic acid helps lower blood sugar levels, regulate insulin spikes, and prevent carbohydrate absorption.
Although not many studies support this theory, one thing is certain: both green and roasted coffee contains caffeine. That’s why many of us like to start our mornings with a good cup of coffee, because it helps us get awake and active. For this reason, caffeine also helps speed up metabolism. It is not uncommon for many supplements and fat-burning supplements to contain caffeine in their main ingredients.
In addition, drinking green coffee will give you a feeling of satiety for those times when you have cravings. The combination of this and the above will help you lose fat and weight over time. Of course, this goes hand in hand with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
Because it helps control blood sugar levels, green coffee has been used to treat type 2 diabetes. By reducing weight and lowering blood sugar levels, it is a common ingredient in diabetes medications. Again, it is important to consult your doctor before starting this treatment.
Green coffee is not so popular but, as you realized, it offers several benefits that you may be missing.
Ideally, you can go to a health food store or a local coffee shop to get quality green coffee. However, it is now very common to find the extract that is easier to consume. Whichever method you use, it is time to discover this coffee to its fullest potential.
Please remember that before any natural treatment, you should always consult your doctor because in trying to lose weight, you may break down your body in other ways.