Safety & Side Effects of Green Coffee Extract

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To date, clinical studies have not linked any major side-effects to the consumption of green coffee bean extract. However it does contain caffeine, which may be an issue for some individuals. Also, since studies have only been conducted upon healthy adults, further research is necessary before making any generalizations about the safety of this supplement.

Safety and precautions:

Due to lack of research, a safe dosage of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) has not been established for:

  • women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • teens and children
  • people with liver or kidney disease
  • There are also no studies on interractions between GCBE and other drugs or supplements. If you fall into one of the above categories or you are on any medications, we strongly urge you to consult with your physician!
  • Chlorogenic acid (found in green coffee bean extract) may affect some medications prescribed to diabetics. If you are diabetic, talk to your doctor.
  • Because it contains caffeine, green coffee extract may be contraindicated for individuals with certain medical conditions, including:
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Gastrointestinal diseases, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Glaucoma - caffeine can increase pressure within the eye.
  • Diabetes - caffeine can affect the way your body processes sugar, either increasing or decreasing it.

However it is important to note that the daily recommended dose of GCBE (green coffee bean extract) contains less than 20% of the caffeine in a strong cup of coffee.

It should go without saying, but we're going to say it anyway: Avoid taking this supplement if you are allergic to coffee or caffeine.

Side effects

Based upon studies and clinical trials, green coffee bean extract appears to have a low incidence of side effects overall. However those who are sensitive to caffeine may experience minor side effects including:

  • insomnia
  • diarrhea
  • anxiety
  • It is important to read labels and carefully follow the dosing recommendations provided.
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