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Coffee Aids Metabolism and Weight Management.

"Coffee Aids Metabolism and Weight Management" is one in a series of
articles, written to educate the healthcare community about the science
behind the healthy benefits of coffee.


One thing that proponents of healthy eating love about organic premium coffee, besides its high antioxidant content, is its low-calorie count. In fact, black coffee without added cream or sugar has next to zero calories. Frappes or creamy lattes withstanding, there is very little to account for in daily meal-tracking and calorie counting. It's a choice people can feel good about, and there is an added benefit to drinking coffee that will make you feel even better--literally. There may be weight-control benefits to drinking coffee in addition to its low-calorie properties, due to its boost in metabolism.

Metabolic Syndrome

Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and even some cancers often have something in common, a precursor called - metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome was first named a medical condition in 1998. It is a series of risk factors that often show up as precursors to other diseases. Symptoms of metabolic syndrome include a large waistline (over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women), low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high fasting glucose levels.

People with the risk factors for metabolic syndrome have double the risk of cardiovascular disease than people who don't, and five times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They often become insulin resistant, meaning that their bodies don't respond correctly to insulin, which helps the liver turn food into fuel. This disruption in metabolism is a core to many of the problems that comprise metabolic syndrome, and can also lead to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Maintaining a healthy weight is one way to keep metabolic syndrome (and all of the diseases it can lead to) at bay. And while the lower caloric intake that comes along with drinking black coffee definitely helps, coffee also has components that directly help aid in metabolic processes. There is evidence that drinking coffee can speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight. "Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systemic inflammation," says Ming Ding, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (1)

Multiple studies verify an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and metabolic syndrome. A 2015 meta-analysis conducted at Qingdao University Medical College in China, which looked at 11 published reports, 13 studies, and over 150,000 participants, found an inverse relationship between coffee drinking and metabolic syndrome in both cross-sectional and cohort studies. (2) It appeared that how much coffee a subject drank played a major role in how low their risk was to metabolic syndrome. Also, the group that consumed the most coffee had the lowest rates of metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Is it the caffeine or other components in coffee that have an effect on metabolism? It's well known that many athletes use caffeine as a performance-enhancer. A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, said that athletes who used caffeine, pre-workout, burned 15% more calories for the ensuing three hours than others who used a placebo. (3) But, other scientists have used controlled scientific tests to determine which metabolism-boosting properties were due to caffeine and which were the results of other components that are present in coffee--specifically chlorogenic acids (CGAs).

A 2015 Italian meta-analysis determined that most of coffee's effects on metabolism had nothing to do with caffeine, saying instead that, "Chlorogenic acids have demonstrated insulin metabolism." (4) This means that the CGAs in coffee produce healthy blood pressure levels because they have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tiny cells that make up the walls of the blood vessels. Plus, they improve how quickly and efficiently the body turns food into fuel. Some estimate it to be 3-11% improvement in metabolic rate for regular coffee drinkers.

Also, a 2016 Spanish study tracked urinary metabolomes. (5) After a period of time when they "washed out" all caffeine and other substances from their systems, two groups of participants between age 25-44 were assigned either a daily coffee beverage or a daily beverage that only contained the same amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee and none of the other characteristic compounds. The study determined specific metabolites, unique to coffee, impact energy metabolism. It showed biomarkers of both short- and long-term intakes of coffee products were involved in energy metabolism (after acute intake) and microbiota metabolism (after sustained intake).

The Healthiest Coffee--Purity

You can be assured the coffee you drink is supporting healthy metabolism and weight--if you're drinking the healthiest coffee you can buy--Purity coffee. Purity has the maximum level of antioxidants in any coffee, as well as CGAs that will help stimulate insulin sensitivity. Purity coffee was found to be two to ten times higher in antioxidants than 49 other brands that were independently tested. (6)

Purity coffee yields the greatest potential health benefits due to the way it is grown, handled, and roasted, plus it is tested with strict standards every step of the way. Most conventional coffees test positive for pesticides and herbicides, and low-quality coffees may contain up to 50% mold or mycotoxins.

Under-roasting or over-roasting can also have a dramatic effect on the health benefits of coffee. Purity uses a proprietary roasting method that roasts the beans just enough to reduce the acrylamide to the lowest levels and prevents over roasting, which risks the development of harmful polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Supplements for Metabolism and Weight Management to Take with Coffee

* L-theanine is an amino acid found almost exclusively in teas from the plant, Camellia sinensis, (containing green tea catechins and caffeine). It is used to promote relaxation, without sedation, and rejuvenation. It has been shown to be effective at reducing stress.

* Teavigo contains caffeine-free pure EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that supports metabolism and benefits almost every organ in the body. It is cardio-protective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-atherogenic, liver protective, and beneficial for blood vessel health.

* Capsiate Gold[TM] is a clinically proven weight management supplement that increases your metabolic rate and can aid in weight management goals. This bio-identical chili pepper supplement (which has no burning) is taken in the morning, and increases metabolism and energy expenditure, while pursuing sustainable, long-term weight management. There are no stimulating side effects, nor unpleasant aftertaste. It is also gentle-on-the-stomach.

* NuLean is a weight-loss program demonstrated by research and proven by doctors and their patients.

The NuLean program is based on nutritional science and biological research. Studies show NuLean 21+7 Slim-Down Program is a proven and effective weight-loss program. (7) Excess fat is a symptom--a red light, indicating that you are probably suffering from both a sluggish metabolism and a toxic body. To lose weight the healthy way, you must cleanse the body of harmful toxins and provide the exact nutrients needed to kick start your metabolism. With these elements properly combined, your appetite will automatically adjust to crave healthy foods thereby cutting down on eating foods that are not good for you. All of this is easily accomplished with NuLean's Slim Down Program.

The first 21 days of the 21+7 Slim-Down Program consist of two phases: weight loss and detoxification. The last seven days is the third phase and is designed to successfully maintain weight loss. If you want to lose more weight, start the 28-day program again until you've lost the weight you want and then continue to follow the maintenance part of the program to maintain your weight loss.

The program consists of the following:

* NuLean Fiber-Rich Protein Shake, a proprietary blend of proteins, fibers, and digestive aids to act as a nutritious meal replacement and assist in losing weight, maintaining muscle mass, and energizing the cells.

* NuLean Complete Body Cleanse

* NuLean Quick Burn

* NuLean Body Balance

* NuLean Gentle Colon Cleanse.


Coffee might be the world's richest superfood--full of powerful antioxidants. It has been proven to have multiple health benefits:

* Enhances brain function

* Reduces the risk of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and dementia

* Protects the heart and cardiovascular system

* Fights cancer

* Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

* Protects the liver

* Improves sports performance

* Helps fight depression and enhances mood

* Reduced risk of retinal damage

* Reduced risk of MS

* Pain suppressant

* Extends your life.

As studies show, coffee is also a healthy way to boost metabolism and manage weight. To do this, drink the purest coffee you can for the best health benefits--Purity coffee.


(1.) Ding M, et al. Association of coffee consumption with total and cause-specific mortality in three large prospective cohorts. Circulation. 2015; 132:2305-2315.

(2.) Shang F, Li X, Jiang X. Coffee consumption and risk of the metabolic syndrome: A meta-analysis Department of epidemiology and health statistics, Diabetes and Metabolism. 2016; 42: 80-87.

(3.) Higgins S, Straight C, Lewis R. The effects of pre-exercise caffeinated coffee ingestion on endurance performance: an evidence-based review. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2016; 26: 221-239.

(4.) Buscemi S, Marventano S, Antoci M. Coffee and metabolic impairment: An updated review of epidemiological studies. NFS Journal. 2016; 3: 1-7.

(5.) Madrid-Gambin F, et al. Impact of chlorogenic acids from coffee on urine metabolome in healthy human subjects. Food Research International. 2016; 89: 1064-1070.

(6.) Independent laboratory tests. Purity Coffee. Available at: Accessed September 23, 2018.

(7.) NuLean research. NuLean. Available at: Accessed September 22, 2018.

by Steven M. Helschien, DC

Dr. Steven Helschien (a.k.a. Dr. Coffee) is a coffee aficionado and believes that coffee is a powerhouse superfood. He is the founder of Level 1 Diagnostics (a cardiovascular testing program that uses advanced, noninvasive technology to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease), and Level 1 Therapeutics (a health and wellness program dedicated to supporting optimal health). Dr. Helschien is passionate about progressive health issues and encouraging people toward greater health and wellbeing.
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