What is svetol?


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Svetol is a copyrighted brand name for a supplement of concentrated, decaffeinated, green coffee beans of the Robusta variety. Green coffee beans are unroasted, and daily doses of the concentrate seem to lead to weight loss, according to WebMD. The active ingredients of green coffee beans found in Svetol include chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid.

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WedMD explains that chlorogenic acid may have health benefits for heart disease, diabetes and weight loss. Taking between 93 to 185 milligrams daily for at least 28 days reduced blood pressure in patients in some studies. Preliminary research suggests consuming 80 to 200 mg per day for 12 weeks aids in weight loss, but WebMD reveals those studies are small and inconclusive as of October 2014. A 400-mg dose of Svetol is the equivalent to three to six cups of coffee.

A first-of-its-kind study published in 2008 in the Journal of Nutrition explains concentrated compounds found in green coffee bean supplements were readily bioavailable in human subjects. The study measured levels of several chemicals found in Svetol in urine and blood plasma. Results showed that concentrations of these chemicals varied widely among subjects and that more studies are needed to ascertain the effectiveness of green coffee beans.

The supplement became popular in 2012 when the "Dr. Oz" show suggested that patients lose weight with this supplement without exercise or dietary changes, according to WebMD. These supplements are generally regarded as safe, even though consumers are warned that some green coffee bean extracts contain caffeine.

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