It’s the talk of Hollywood town, and at £14 a box is surprisingly inexpensive, and with A Listers such as Demi Moore, Katy Perry and J-Lo among the celebrities reported to be taking it, it’s sure to take off. I’m talking about taking green coffee pills to stay slim. Marketed in the UK under the name Verdesse, the pill is made from underripe coffee beans and is said to help with weight loss.
The way it works is by suppressing your appetite and it also has some fat busting properties as well. Stars in Tinsletown that are already rumoured to be using the pills are Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, and with the run up to all the awards shows recently, including the Oscars last week, it’s not hard to see why these stars want to look their best in front of the paparazzi.
The beans contain chlorogenic acids, including one that happens to be a potent natural fat-buster called 5-caffeoylquinic acid. And a Hollywood nutritionist revealed in an interview to Grazia magazine, that the Hollywood glitterati are consuming them by the boxes: ‘My clients have been going crazy for green coffee bean pills,’ he added: ‘They’re taking Tinseltown by storm. In the run-up to the Oscars, actresses do almost anything to look as slender as possible and they’re all fighting it out to have the best body on the red carpet.
‘As soon as this pill got a name for itself as being the new miracle weight loss tablet, word spread like wildfire among the Hollywood elite.
‘You’re supposed to take 800mg a day but some are taking 1,600mg and insisting “it can’t do any harm”.’
And it is this competition to look fabulous for these type of award shows that has supposedly led to the rise in popularity of these green coffee pills, according to another nutritionist.
The green coffee bean pills cost just £14.95 from UK supplier, Nature’s Best and in tests, the pills do appear to have some effect on boosting the bodies natural ability to lose weight.
A study conducted by scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that taking the pills can help boost weight-loss by an impressive 10 per cent – even when taken in relatively low doses. The lead scientist in the study, Joe Vinson, said: ‘Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight.’
However, there are side effects of taking too many green coffee bean pills which can include anxiety and high blood pressure.
‘Side effects can include anxiety, high blood pressure and IBS [irritable bowel syndrome],’ says Romi Polichino, a London-based nutritionist. ‘People have suffered from any of these things, or panic attacks and epilepsy, shouldn’t take them.’
And you should always get the green coffee pills from a reputable supplier, as there have been reports of some of the diet products found to contain the cheaper substitute of ephedrine for the expensive coffee extract.
Ephedrine is a substance that is banned in the UK and acts similarly to cocaine when ingested. People that ingest ephedrine get a racing pulse and it leaves them hyperactive, but it also suppresses the appetite, which is why is it added to the pills. There are also reports that some people could become addicted to taking these pills, but these are unsubstantiated.
To ensure you are taking the correct pills, always buy from a well known pharmacy and never exceed the stated dose.