Green Coffee Extract and Blood Pressure
In general, coffee has not been seen as being a healthy beverage. However, this image is not really a fair one in many regards. While coffee is very high in caffeine, it does serve as a source of antioxidants. Quite surprisingly, and somewhat alarmingly, coffee is the largest source of antioxidants in many people's diets. This is more a commentary on the fact that most people's diets are lacking in fruits and vegetables than it is that coffee is particularly high in antioxidants.
Coffee does have health benefits especially when consumed "black." Black coffee has virtually no calories. However, dieters and those watching their weight run into serious problems when they begin adding sugar and creamers. Sugar, for example, damages DNA and even "feeds" cancer growth. In this manner, the consumption of coffee loaded with sugar, creamer, chemicals and calories can actually serve as an overall health negative, despite the antioxidants found in coffee.
Many people have not heard of green coffee extract, but this interesting supplement is beginning to receive more and more attention and for a variety of potential uses. What is green coffee extract? Green coffee extract is produced as the result of a particular type of decaffeination process.
Like many "hot and new" products, green coffee extract is enjoying many claims. Proponents of green coffee extract claim that it can serve as a weight loss aid and can help lower blood pressure as well. You name it; green coffee extract is now receiving attention as a "cure all." Television's Dr. Oz has been promoting green coffee extract as a means to fight the never ending battle against weight gain, and others are stating that green coffee extract can lower high blood pressure.
Should you opt for green coffee extract to treat your high blood pressure? First, it is essential to note that you shouldn't attempt to treat your high blood pressure on your own. High blood pressure can lead to heart damage, artery damage and death. This means that you should be working closely with your doctor as well as a knowledgeable nutritionist in order to treat your high blood pressure and make the right food choices. Green coffee extract may show potential, but whether or not you use it is a decision that should be reached in conjunction with your trained medical professionals. With that stated, however, while green coffee extract may have potential, much more research needs to be conducted on its effects on human health.
In addition to green coffee extract, there are many other natural steps that you can take towards lowering your blood pressure. Eating a diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, whole grains and low-fat meats is step one. Eliminating or dramatically reducing fast food and processed food is the second step that you should take. The third step towards lowering your blood pressure may very well include exercise, but get your doctor's permission before you begin any exercise routine.