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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.

Kombucha Tea: Not Your Ordinary Tea

 

Most tea products come from tea shrubs. Kombucha tea is the exception. It comes from a type of mushroom from which its name is derived. Most food types that are extracted from any edible mushroom is generally labeled as a broth. In this, kombucha tea again stands as the only exception. Arguments among gourmets and scientists have arisen as to whether kombucha is actually mushroom or rather a combination of yeast and bacteria. We have to admit though that “mushroom tea” sounds a lot more appealing than “yeast and bacteria tea”.


Kombucha Tea Benefits

While Kombucha tea has been popular only quite recently in the eastern part of the world, it has been well known as a health tonic in the Western World for some time. People who have tried this type of tea claime that it has helped them recover from such ailments as asthma, high blood pressure, psoriasis, eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome and even migraines. However, none of these claims have been proven by clinical scientific tests. Kombucha tea contains vitamin B, which is necessary for various body functions.


How To Make It

On average, it takes five or six days to make kombucha tea. Compared to other teas, this is a short process since most teas need two weeks in order to brew to the proper flavor. However, making kombucha tea is not as simple as putting a tea bag in a mug and adding hot water. You have to procure a kombucha culture, let it mature and then strain it, then follow the usual procedures for making tea. This process is perhaps the main reason why this tea really hasn’t been that popular as other teas in the West. In the Western culture, most people do not have the time to go through extended and complicated motions for something as simple as making tea.


Warnings

Kombucha tea is generally classified as a kind of herbal tea, although no herbs are actually in it. Also, there are many more health warnings attached to kombucha tea than to other kinds of herbal teas. People who suffer form immune deficiency disorders are strongly advised against taking this type of tea. If you are not careful in the culture growing, you could possibly be making tea that produces more complications rather than benefits.

It is also very important to note that severe allergic reactions may also occur when drinkning it. Signs of allergic reaction include vomiting, jaundice, and nausea. You cannot also use ceramic tea pots or ceramic mugs in making kombucha tea. The chemicals in the tea create an adverse reaction in the ceramic glaze, which could lead to lead poisoning.