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Does Wu-Yi Tea Have Weight Loss Properties?

There is a debate raging over the weight-loss properties of wu-yi tea, being promoted on several fronts as offering improved metabolism through its us...

 

There is a debate raging over the weight-loss properties of wu-yi tea, being promoted on several fronts as offering improved metabolism through its use. Many questionable claims are being made as to its ability to help people lose weight without altering any other part of the lifestyle. The name wu-yi tea itself may be somewhat confusing as it is a type of oolong tea, grown in the Wu-Yi Mountain of Fujian Province in China.

The majority of oolong teas are grown in this location and are noted for their antioxidant ingredients as well as their many health benefits. However, with most oolong teas, there has not been any claims tying them to weight loss as is claimed with wu-yi tea. While some of the most expensive oolong teas originate from this region, and many claim to be organic, they are all grown in essentially the same soil.

Among the teas grown in this region are some of the most famous China teas including Da Hong Pao, translated into Big Red Robe and Shui Jin Gui, or golden turtle. China is the undisputed beginning of tea and many are attributing health-related benefits to different types of teas with wu-yi tea getting the most play for benefiting weight loss.

Many Health Claims Still Being Studied

As with most organic products that have been in use for centuries, modern medicine is still researching the claimed benefits. While studies have concluded that many of the claims made by manufacturers of tea have merit, other studies leave many questions unanswered. The ability of wu-yi tea to help patients lose weight may be getting lost in some of the hype by sellers of the tea.

Many of the claims may seem outlandish by traditional standards, such as losing up to 20 pounds a month without changing eating habits. Accompanied by the standard disclaimer of results not being typical, many are not taking the claim of the wu-yi tea benefits of weight loss seriously. Studies on its use in weight loss have been minimal and while it is possible that wu-yi tea can benefit those trying to lose weight, there may be something lost in the translation.

There is little doubt that tea contains certain natural ingredients such as antioxidants and catechin along with amino acid theanine that have proven health benefits. However, as an oolong tea, wu-yi tea is fermented closer to black tea than it is to green tea and even at a further level from white, to make its claims stand up to public scrutiny.