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    Exclamation Beware Green Bean Coffee Extract - Can Cause Bladder Irritation & Pain

    Many of you may have heard about the current Green Bean Coffee Extract craze sweeping the internet. Dr. Oz dedicated an episode of his show to discuss popular weight loss trends including a promising study which showed that Green Bean Coffee Extract may help. He launched the Green Coffee Bean Project to conduct some research and encouraged his viewers to try it. Read more about at: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/green...e-bean-project

    Unfortunately, atleast two IC patients haven't had a good experience. ICN Member DJ wrote us earlier this month after experiencing a severe flare while trying the extract. A visit to the urgent care center resulted in a clear urine culture thus ruling out a bladder infection. Shortly afterwards, her urologist confirmed that the green coffee bean had irritated her bladder and told her that she was the second patient she was treating for the same reaction to GCBE.

    GCBE capsules contain high levels of "chlorogenic acid" which is normally neutralized during the roasting process. It's this acid which they believe helps promote weight thus these supplements contain very large amounts of this acid. But, for our tender bladders, it can also result in irritation. Clearly, if just a cup of coffee can irritate the bladder can you imagine just how devastating taking a coffee extract which contains higher than normal levels of acid would be?

    I believe that GCBE should be avoided by anyone struggling with IC, OAB, prostatitis and/or simple urinary tract irritation.

    Have you tried it?? Please share your experience here!

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    I actually did take green coffee bean extract for about five days. I'm trying to lose a few stubborn pounds gained during menopause! I didn't notice any increase in bladder sx at first, but after the fifth evening dose I was peeing every 15 minutes(large volumes though) and had increase in my usual amount of pain. I stopped it as I am getting ready to fly back east(from Alaska) for my 50th birthday and did not want to start up a bad flare. I felt back to my normal state with in 24 hours of stopping the green coffee bean extract . I also have been increasing my exercise so that may have had something to do with the increase sx . I can't tell you with 100% certainty that my sx were from the green coffee bean extract, but I have lost five pounds in two weeks with out it!

    Have a good day everyone!
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    I've been waiting to see if anyone posted of having a bladder infection from Green Coffee bean. Such a bummer, it was really working too, but around a week, I too, had a bladder infection which I believe, turn into a kidney infection. Had an ultrasound done because Kidney stones runs in the Family. There was no signs of a kidney stone but Kidney was slightly enlarged.

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    It's been a long, long time since Terry and I visited Hawaii and did some research on acid levels in the various coffee products. One thing we learned is that the darker the roast of the coffee bean, the lower the acid in the coffee. We were told that the light colored beans have more caffiene as well as acid. I would think the "green" beans would be worst of all, but don't honestly know for sure. I only drink low acid.

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    I wouldn't even think of trying this, but I do understand people being so desperate to lose weight. I have a feeling that green coffee bean extract would bother even normal bladders if taken in large enough quantities.
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    Stay away from Green Bean Coffee Extract if you have IC!!

    I too have a few pounds to take off and I decided to try the Green Bean Coffee Extract. Two days into it I had a terrible, terrible flare! I thought it was a bladder infection also so I went to my doctor and my urine was clean. Once I told him about the pills he said it was definitely from that and to stop taking immediately. I've been taking IC Aloe Vera pills for two years now and was able to stop the Elmiron and hardly ever have a flare so I just increased my Aloe for a couple of days and I'm good as new. Pills are going back to the store....

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    Sorry, I'm new to this site. But, what is sx?

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    Hello all,
    I am new to this site and so glad I found it. I just started the green coffee beans for weight loss and woke up about 15 minutes ago with bladder spasms. So stupid, but I just did not even think of my bladder because supposedly there is not much caffeine in them so I just assumed I would be ok. I am actually hoping this is what is causing it so when I stop it, the pain will stop. I just went to my urologist a few months back and we were talking about the irritation's I get. He told me to take some baking soda, mix it with water and drink it to counteract the acid. It worked the last time, so I will do it again....right after I throw out the green bean coffee extract!
    Nancy E.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia Verba View Post
    Sorry, I'm new to this site. But, what is sx?
    From the rest of the sentence, I think sx means symptoms. It's not an abbreviation that's familiar to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICNDonna View Post
    From the rest of the sentence, I think sx means symptoms. It's not an abbreviation that's familiar to me.

    Donna
    I was always taught when I worked still sx was supposed to mean surgery but you are right also Donna, people use that for symptoms as well.
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