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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!

Jill O.

By | 2013-01-04T22:40:00+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Consumer Alerts|Comments Off on Beware Green Bean Coffee Extract – Can Cause Bladder Irritation & Pain

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders.

As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J – April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology – Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life.

An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions.

With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.