Emmy award winning television personality Dr Mehmet Oz can’t be ignored when he takes on what he calls ‘The biggest experiment in Television history’. The heart surgeon is considered something of an expert on weight loss following the publication of his highly successful diet books including ‘You on a diet’ and ‘The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management’. As a result, people sat up and took notice when he announced that he was going to test the claims made for green coffee bean extract as a weight loss aid. One hundred women were recruited to test the product and Dr Oz was amazed at the results declaring that the amount of weight they lost would shock.
He enlisted the help and guidance of Dr Caroline Apovian, authoress of a best-selling diet book and a registered dietician, Kristin Kirkpatrick and the trial was launched. The hundred women who participated in Dr Oz’s trial were aged between 35 and 49 and were asked to keep food journals for the duration of the experiment. All the participants were overweight. For such a trial to produce a result that can be interpreted on a scientific basis, half the participants should form a ‘control’ group. This group of fifty women were given a placebo. To make things even more interesting, none of the women knew if they were in the test group or the control group. The result was measured after a very short period: just two weeks and the results were already significant. The women who were using green coffee bean extract lost two pounds after two weeks while the control group managed to shed, on average, one pound.
Dr Oz added a cautionary note for those who would like to try green coffee bean extract, warning people that there are a lot of phony products on the market and reminding potential buyers to carefully check the ingredients listed on the bottle. An effective product should contain chlorogenic acid extract which can also be called GCA (Green Coffee Antioxidant) or Svetol. The concentration of green coffee bean extract with svetol should be no less than 45%. In addition, there should be no artificial additives in a good quality green coffee bean supplement.
In Dr Oz’s trial, the test subjects took 400mg of green coffee bean extract three times daily about 30 minutes before meals. Successful trials have also been conducted using a 200mg dose. Dr Oz also recommends the keeping of a food journal so that you can check on your food consumption as an aid to anyone who would like to lose weight.
Dr Oz has long been a champion of alternative and holistic medicines and has featured an array of natural supplements on his show. Sadly, all too many manufacturers of supplements are all too ready to make use of his name on the labels of their specific products even though he has in no way endorsed that specific brand. In fact, it is Dr Oz’s policy to specifically not endorse any brands and he recommends caution in the checking of ingredients at all times.