What a GREAT way to start my week!
I just got a challenging question from one of our Okuma Wu-Long Tea Drinkers.
Here’s what just came into my inbox:
On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:39 AM, [customer] wrote:
Stephanie, I would like for you to please read this article and let me know your thoughts.
I have been drinking your Wu-Long Slimming tea but was somewhat discouraged after reading this article.
Thank you, [signature of customer]
Because I take all customer questions and concerns really seriously, I immediately went to read the article.
Here’s what I found out…
The “Truth” About Wu-Long Tea…
The author of the article is actually a huge tea fan.
The author appears to even receive compensation to promote the teas she promotes in her article.
She began by explaining that all tea comes from the same plant (camelia sinensis). Truth.
The author also writes that claims that tea promotes weight loss are pretty much marketing bunk because they ALL effectively promote weight loss.
This isn’t quite true, though.
A LOT of teas are sold as green, black, oolong, pu’ehr, etc… but they’re so full of other ingredients that there’s very little of the weight-loss proponents in these teas.
Plus, not all teas are high in fat-burning polyphenols and catechins.
More on that in a sec…
The author then stated that Wu-Long is a marketing term, basically for Oolong, as westerners call it.
This is a misunderstanding that I’ll also explain below…
However the author is right about one thing: tea is great - and many teas stimulate weight loss, not just Wu-Long.
Here are a few critical points I touched on personally for my fellow Wu-Long Drinker this morning, and thought I’d share with you today!
Why Is Wu-Long Rare and Special?
Wu-Long DOES stand out from other teas. And it’s not just any old “Oolong”
In China it’s referred to as a ‘crane among dragons’ and it is sold in Taiwan for as much as $300 per kg.
Wu-Long is a very special tea that comes from the Fujian Province of China.
Plus, Okuma’s Wu-Long comes from a tea plantation that is run by multi-generational families of tea connoisseurs.
Wu-Long does NOT come from a mass-yielding, low-quality plantation that’s sprayed with pesticides and other scary chemicals.
Wu-Long is grown for QUALITY, not quantity.
In fact, Okuma has published third-party laboratory research that confirms Wu-Long is FREE of ANY traceable pesticides, chemicals, environmental toxins, or other foreign elements.
When you drink Wu-Long Slimming Tea, you’re drinking some of the most rare, most pure, and most powerful teas on earth.
How Does Wu-Long Help You Lose Weight Fast?
Okuma’s Slimming Wu-Long is quite special because it has extremely high polyphenols and catechins.
The antioxidant and fat-burning effects of our Wu-Long are often 4-10 times higher than other popular ‘fatburning’ teas.
Sadly, when you get into the mainstream teas, you’ll often find chemicals, pesticide residues, additives, coloring, artificial flavorings, and even other additions to the tea.
Wu-Long has been extensively studied in the U.S. and abroad for it’s high polyphenols, which stimulate weight loss.
Is Wu-Long Just “Oolong”?
In fact even Oolong is only 2% of the world’s tea… and the Wu-Long Okuma purveys is from a protected UNESCO world heritage site high above sea level.
It’s a high mountain, or high “altitude” tea.
So, yeah. We’re pretty dang rare and very special! :-D
The difference between Okuma’s Wu-Long and the “Oolong” that this writer refers to is that she isn’t distinguishing the actual plantations.
She’s pretty much saying that Oolong’s are the same, and that they aren’t rare. This is totally UNTRUE.
Wu-Long is grown in one of the world’s highest altitude tea plantations.
Higher altitude means lower crop yield, in fact.
Academic and professional tea reviews indicate that high altitude teas have superior aroma, color, brightness, mouthfeel, and flavor.
However, because Wu-Long is grown at this high-altitude environment in the Wuyi mountains, and there is NOT a lot yielded per crop…
… It is also a bit pricier than grocery store teas!
The teas grown at this high altitude take longer to grow and develop. Plus the crop yields are lower, so they’re more rare.
Teas are kinda like wine, actually.
In fact, Wu-Long is sold in it’s home country for between 150 and 300 USD per kg… so it ain’t cheap even if you drink it in it’s home country!
How To Make Good Decisions With Your Tea…
In the same way we grow out of Ramen Noodles and Yellow Tail wine, it’s good to grow out of bad teas.
Here’s what you’re looking for…
- Organic, or pesticide free (like Wu-Long)
- No artificial colors or flavors (like Wu-Long)
- High polyphenol, catechin, and other weight-regulating components (like Wu-Long)
- High antioxidants and alkalizing properties to detox and fight disease (like Wu-Long)
- 1-Ingredient – no scary fillers you can’t see or taste – but that your body will recognize! (like Wu-Long!)
Plus Wu-Long is backed by *dozens* of scientific studies and is shown to:
- Fight Diabetes
- Regulate Hormones
- Oxidize Fat
- Lower Cholesterol
- Reduce Arm Fat
- Make Flatter Bellies
- Detoxify Your Body
- Raise Metabolism
- Aid in Weight Loss
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