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Can coffee bean extract help in weight loss?

Can green coffee beans help you lose weight? Fans says it's a miracle pill.

Dr. Beth Kitchin is a registered dietician and expert on nutrition, and she doesn't completely buy it. "There have been some human studies that show it may help a little bit. So we have to be really careful to tell people that this is not a magic bullet for weight loss, you might get a little bit of moderate effect. It's not going to be a magic bullet," says Kitchin.

Green coffee bean extract is not cheap. A bottle is about $30, and some can cost much more and few are less.

Kenny Camp co-owns Organic Harvest Health Food stores. He says "we're closing in on a year now...maybe something like a thousand bottles have been sold, a lot of repeat customers, and a lot of new customers too, so that to me says there are a lot of customers getting results from it.

Camp says the key to success is make sure the product is the highest quality, and if possible, try a sensible diet and exercise when you can.

The problem for nutritionists like Dr. Kitchin is that supplements are not regulated by the FDA. "So you may be buying that $50 or $60 supplement, and it may say it's green coffee bean extract, but it could have no green coffee bean extract in it, so you really don't know what you are getting, so it is very much buyer beware," says Kitchin.

Dr. Kitchin says you might lose 3 to 5 pounds in a month with green coffee bean extract. Kenny Camp says it's more likely you'll lose between 10 to 15 pounds in a month. To date, scientists say it can lower blood pressure slightly, doesn't seem to have any negative side effects, and if taken properly, you can lose weight.

Camp does recommend people taking the extract should take a break from it periodically.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide if those unroasted coffee beans mixed with other ingredients will be the ultimate weight loss solution for you.

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