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The Best Teas On Earth Are Grown At A High Altitude, Like Wu-Long!

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.

Polyphenols are plant chemical compounds; including catechinstheaflavinstannins, and flavonoids.

Is Wu-Long Just “Oolong”?

No!

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!  😀

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!)

Nutrition Facts

 

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

Yum!

Get your Wu-Long here TODAY (BUY TWO GET 1 SPECIAL!)

 

More Articles On This Subject…

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http://www.wulongforlife.com/wu-long-pesticides/#.UzBrA61dVUU

http://www.wulongforlife.com/green-tea-and-weight-loss/#.UzBrNK1dVUU

http://www.wulongforlife.com/benefits-of-oolong-tea-polyphenols/#.UzBrIa1dVUU

Company Goes Public About Pesticides in Your Tea…

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I just got a comment on my blog that I just HAD to share with you…

It’s from Lorrie – an Okuma Nutritionals blog reader and customer.

Here’s what she said:

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Wow, Lorrie- thanks for asking!

Another blog reader, Donna, asked a similar question.

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Donna – thank you for bringing me this concern!

I Had To Make A Really Hard Decision…

To answer Lorrie, Donna, and everybody else…

Before I took over Okuma a few months ago, one of the FIRST things I did was to order a test on Wu-Long.

I knew that it Wu-Long has a lot of GOOD health properties… but what if it also contained a bunch of chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins?

I, too, am apprehensive about “imported ingestibles”  :-)

But I didn’t want to build my life around providing something to the world that I don’t fully, 100% believe in.

The Results…

Thankfully, the tests came back exactly as I’d hoped.

Wu-Long was tested by an independent third party in late December 2013; and came back with a clean bill of chemical health.

As you’ll see in the magnified findings below, when a laboratory conducted a multi-residue screen; Wu-Long came back with an untraceable (or “Below Limits of Quantification”) report.

I asked the lab to find chemicals, pesticides, or any other foreign element.

And the best part is when I went back to the representative at the laboratory, here’s what he said.

 

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Why is Wu-Long So Pure?

It’s no secret that a TON of popular teas… and especially when coming from China… have been reported to have pesticides or toxins on the tea… or even on the bags!

I recently wrote a blog post that will explain this in more detail – but here’s a quick refresher for you…

Wu-Long is different.

While some grocery store teas are touted for their amazing health benefits… they often contain icky pesticides that seep into every cup you steep.

Eew!

When I called a third-party laboratory to test Wu-Long, I asked them to conduct the most thorough chemical screening they had available.

The Results of Third-Party Laboratory Screenings…

I waited with bated breath; and the results arrived in my email inbox just the day before Christimas.

I almost believed in Santa this year!

Wu-Long is SUPER clean, and SUPER pure.

Why?

Well there are a few reasons.

First, Wu-Long comes from one of the world’s best tea plantations, high in the mountaintops of China’s Anxi Province.

The Chinese call Wu-Long “Black Dragon”, “A Crane Among Chickens”, and “High Mountain Tea”.

It is also grown in a protected UNESCO World Heritage preserve.

This limits the amount of ‘chemical’ imprint that it could be exposed to.

Not All Organic Food Is “Organic”…

Did you know that even “organic” foods often contain pesticides?

That’s often due to dirty water used on the crops…

…Or even wind blowing environmental toxins into organic crops from non-organic crops.

However, because Wu-Long comes from a high mountaintop plantation, and is picked and packaged in this perfect little preserve; it’s really not exposed to the same environmental toxins as most other teas!

It’s even been called “MEDICINAL GRADE” in China!

So…

To answer your questions Lorrie and Donna…

Not ALL things from China are riddled with toxins.

But Wu-Long is very, very special!

So steep and sip your Wu-Long.

Slim your body, clear your mind, and enjoy one of the world’s best teas.

And remember, today is the LAST DAY to get 25% OFF your Wu-Long tea.

Drink up, slim down…  <– USE COUPON CODE FEB25OFF AT CHECKOUT

And FEEL GREAT knowing you’re drinking one of the world’s best teas for fat loss!

 

What’s REALLY In Your Tea?!

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I recently spoke with the founder of Glaucus Research Group and was sickened about what I learned… especially because I have devoted my life to health-regenerating tea products that are pesticide-free.

However, perhaps like you, I even I used to drink a different “grocery store” tea for everything.

If I felt a cold coming I’d drink one tea… if I needed to go to the bathroom I’d drink another… I even had a tea that I used when I felt like I was retaining water.

But not all teas are created equal – in fact you may be drinking tea that is chock full of pesticides, fake ingredients, flavoring, GMO’s, and even fertility-sabotaging chemicals!

Read on to find out about what I learned after this eye-opening conversation…

Grocery Store Tea May Be VERY Toxic

So I recently sat down with the founder of Glaucus Research Group, who has done extensive third-party analysis on several tea companies.

(You can find links to their incredible studies at https://glaucusresearch.com/consumer-watchdog-reports/.)

To my horror, Glaucus found that 91 percent of one very popular tea – Celestial Seasonings- had pesticide residues exceeding U.S. limits.

Most tea isn’t even washed before it’s put into bags; meaning all those icky pesticides are disseminated from the tea leaves straight into your body when you drink it.

Moreover, when you boil the tea, some nasty chemicals can even become MORE potent than if you ingested them without boiling.

And boiling these chemicals is precisely what we do to drink tea!

Glaucus Research Group even found that Celestial Seasonings contained the nasty carcinogen propachlor in it’s child’s “Sleepytime Kids” tea!

High End Teas May Be Even WORSE Than Cheap, Grocery Store Teas…

But Celestial Seasonings isn’t exactly a ‘fancy’ tea.  You may even expect that it isn’t the highest quality, correct?

But you would, however, expect that a high-end, high-priced tea like Teavana would be okay…

Sadly, you’d be grossly mistaken, even misled.

You see, Teavana has trained employess to claim that their tea is healthy, organic, and superior tea.

However, Glaucus found that one of their most popular teas contained 23 different pesticides!

In fact, 77% of the teas tested would fail E.U. pesticide import standards, and 62% contained a pesticide called endosulfan; which has been banned in 144 countries because it may harm fertility, or even babies in the womb!

What About Toxic Packaging?!

You may think that the quality of the product is consistent with it’s packaging…

Like those fancy, silky, pyramid-shaped tea bags that just look so darn appealing.

BEWARE: many of these bags aren’t made of silk… they’re made of *plastic*.

Trickster marketers brand these teas as being in ‘silky sachets’.

Sadly, this misleads customers into steeping polylactic acid into their teas, which is a corn-based material that is most likely made with GMO’s.

The (Very) Good News…

After speaking with the founder of Glaucus research and reading some of their third-party research, I was horrified.

I immediately went to a research facility and had Okuma’s Wu-Long tea re-tested for ANY pesticides or any chemicals that could be named.

As always – our tea is so pure that when tested for pesticides, chemicals, or any other non-tea compounds: we received a beautiful, clean bill of health (with ZERO named foreign elements in our tea).

Okuma’s Wu-Long tea is grown high in the mountaintops of China’s Anxi Province.

Without steeping cancer-causing chemicals into your body… Wu-Long has the power to:

  • Reduce chronic bodily conditions such as heart disease and inflammatory disorders
  • Provide vital antioxidants
  • Reduce high cholesterol levels
  • Promotes superior bone structure
  • Give you healthy, glowing skin and teeth.

Don’t drink ANYTHING but the BEST.

Drink Okuma’s rare, pure, medicinal-grade Oolong tea.

The “Smart” Choice

Did you know that your body can retain toxins in your blood and fat cells that can make you overweight… and even damage your brain health?!

These brain toxins are called “neurotoxins”.

But as a third party lab JUST re-confirmed: our Wu-Long tea is CLEAR of these and other nasty chemical invaders.

That’s right; and drinking pure, non-toxic Wu-Long is a great way to detoxify your body.

And if you’re looking to steadily burn more fat every single day, Wu-Long oxidizes up to 12% more fat in a 24-hour period.

Right now we’re offering a VERY special “Holiday” sale on our tea:  $10 OFF + Free Shipping.

Go here and use the coupon code MERRY while it still lasts!

 

Why Tea Makes You Healthier… And Happier!

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The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published some very good news in it’s December 2013 issue.

Among other things; 12 new studies indicate that tea makes you happier, more productive, and helps you lose weight.

YES!

Here’s a summary of what they found:

1.  Tea Makes You More Productive

In a society that prescribes aderol, ritalin, and other drugs for ADD; you’ll be happy to know that green & black tea can help you concentrate better.  This may be due to the presence of both caffeine and an amino acid calld L-Theanine in tea.  Drinking 2-3 cups of tea in a 90 minute period will stimulate your mind without giving you the jitters that drinking coffee will give you.

2.  Tea Makes You Happy 

When you think of things that make you happy; on that list might be “my children”, “music”, “puppies”, “exercise”.  Well add one more to the list: tea!

The same amino acid that helps simulate your brain, L-Theanine, begets the production of dopamine and serotonin in your brain!

Both dopamine and seratonin are mood-enhancers.  Do you get blue around 3 p.m.?  Or is waking up hard for you?  Make a pot of delicious Oolong to help you wake up with a skip in your step because tea, indeed, makes you feel happier.

3.  Tea Helps You Lose Weight

We’ve known for years that green tea drinkers have lower BMI’s because of green tea’s fat-burning properties.  That’s because of the polyphenols & catechins found in green tea.

Polyphenols increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation.  Catechins raise your basal metabolic resting rate.

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Green tea can help you burn 100 MORE calories throughout the day without changing a thing about your routine.  But Okuma’s Wu-Long helps you burn 240 MORE calories because of it’s higher polyphenol and catechin content. 

(It’s truly one of the easiest ways in the world you can shed weight without changing a thing about your life, exercise routine, or even overall food choices!)

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4.  Tea Helps Strengthen Bones

For years we’ve seen the “Got Milk” campaign host hundreds of strong beautiful athletes and celebrities touting milk’s benefits, especially to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.

But did you know that the same polyphenol compounds that help you lose weight in Wu-Long also help you build up the cells that fortify your bones?

I’ll never forget when my grandma told me recently that she’s ‘shrinking’.  Men and women often experience a deterioration of their bones in later life.  Tea actually contains antioxidants called flavanols that slow down the bone loss in women.

5.  Tea Strengthens Your Heart

Drinking tea after a meal can actually combat the negative effects of fatty foods on your blood pressure.  While lowering your blood pressure, it also helps blood circulate more freely in your body.

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In order to experience the fat-burning effects of Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea, we recommend at least 2 cups per day, but many people drink 1 liter or more!

Because it only has about 1/3rd the caffeine of a cup of coffee, you can consume more of it without wreaking havoc on your energy levels.

Moreover, Wu-Long gives you a natural, sustained energy without the crash that coffee or sugary drinks gives you!

Click here now to order your heart healthy, energy-producing, happiness-promoting Wu-Long!

To Your Health & Happiness,

Stephanie

 

P.S.

Is Oolong Green, Black, or Neither?

In fact, Oolong teas are semi-oxidized, making them mid-way between green and black teas.  Oolong drinkers find that the tea has the freshness of green tea with the complexity and depth of black tea.

As evidenced above, 12 scientific studies point to the fact that tea makes you happier, more productive, and more heart-healthy.

Okuma’s Wu-Long blows traditionals black and green teas out of the water – with some of the highest content of polyphenols and catechins on the planet to help you burn more calories, increase energy expenditure and bloodflow, and even enhance your mood.

Order yours today!

~Stephanie

 

One Of Nature's Most Rare Health Miracles

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Did you know that there’s ONE tea that has MORE fatburning potential than EVERY other tea?

In fact, drinking this tea has shown up to a 12% increase in fat oxidation over a 24-hour period.

When you drink this one special tea, you’re lighting your metabolism on fire for MAJOR weight loss potential.

Plus, this tea has 2.5 times the fatburning power of Green Tea…

And its polyphenol content creates an enzyme that dissolves body fat.

This tea also lowers cholesterol, restores organs in your body, AND can stop hardening of the arteries.

One Of Nature’s BEST Kept Secrets for Weight Loss… AND Disease Prevention.

We’re talking about your very favorite tea – which is also one of the world’s MOST RARE TEAS…

Okuma Nutritionals Wu-Long.

You see, only about 2% of the world’s tea is Oolong…

But Okuma’s 100% NATURAL Oolong Tea has some of the highest polyphenol content known of any Oolong on earth – which makes it particularly rare.

A Personal Confession…

After struggling for years with my weight…

And doing many dangerous things to try and control it…

I finally decided I was DONE.

I devoted my entire life to researching the most effective, 100% Natural weight loss remedies on the planet.

Some of The World’s Most Rare & Powerful Tea?

Okuma’s Wu-Long Tea comes from a UNESCO World Heritage Site and when you purchase a box of Wu-Long, you aren’t just getting some of the most RARE, POWERFUL tea on the planet…

You’re also getting a supply of some of the world’s purest tea.

Like me, you’ve probably been duped into buying grocery store teas, which are typically loaded with preservatives, chemicals, pesticides, and artificial colors and sweeteners.

When you drink a cup of 100% Natural Wu-Long Tea, there are NO additives or preservatives.

How You Can Unlock One Of Nature’s Best Kept Secrets

Because I’m SO committed to YOUR weight loss goals, I’ve fashioned a crazy offer for you this week.

I work with some of China’s master tea-growers high in the pure mountain air in the Fujian Province to bring you this incredible tea.

And this week I’m SLASHING the price – when you buy ANY tea package at this site – I’ll throw in a FREE BOX [$47 value!]

Start shedding stubborn waist, upper arm, and body fat.

To Your Health & Vitality,

Stephanie

 

Benefits of Oolong Tea Polyphenols

Benefits of Oolong Tea Polyphenols

Polyphenols.

It’s a strange word that we throw around a lot around here, but do you know what it means?

What exactly are these polyphenols, and even more importantly, why should they matter to you?

Let’s take a closer look…
 

Anatomy of a Polyphenol:

Simply put a “polyphenol” is the name of a specific kind of antioxidant found in many fruits, vegetables, spices, and tea.

These antioxidants remove free radicals from the body, and this helps to slow down cell and tissue damage (a very good thing).

Polyphenols in particular have been shown to offer a variety of potential health benefits including protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even aging.
 

Tea Polyphenols:

All three of the primary types of tea – green, black, and oolong – naturally contain polyphenols in a readily available form.

These polyphenols vary slightly between the different kinds of tea because of differences in how the tea is processed, but all three offer a host of disease fighting benefits.

For more about the health benefits for each specific type of tea click here.
 

Oolong Tea Polyphenols:

So, what makes oolong tea polyphenols so special?

Well, these powerful little antioxidants that are responsible for it’s other health benefits also work in the body to boost metabolism and support weight loss by helping to block fat-building enzymes.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2001 concluded that drinking regular amounts of oolong tea not only raised metabolic rate, but also increased fat oxidation in its subjects. In all, this study showed a 12% increase in fat oxidation over a 24-hour period after drinking the tea, and an overall increase in energy expenditure (metabolism).

Another 2009 study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine reflected the same results when researching the use of oolong tea with overweight and obese subjects. They found that Oolong tea could both decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving metabolism and that it may help to prevent obesity.
 

Wu-Long Tea:

With all of the potential benefits that you can gain from Wu-Long Tea, it is a great way to support overall health and weight loss.

It is 100% all natural, and we have each batch independently tested to assure that it has the maximum amount of polyphenols.

More than anyone else out there.

So, drink to your health!

Green Tea and Weight Loss?

I’m sure you have seen a lot of news about the health benefits of green tea or about green tea and weight loss.

But is it true?

Let’s look more closely at the different kinds of tea and how they affect health…

Tea Facts:

First, it is important to know that all three of the primary varieties of tea (black, green, and oolong) actually come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences in colors, strengths, and flavors are a result of the way in which the leaves are processed.

Wulong Tea for Your Health

Wulong Tea for Health

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You may have heard a lot about the health benefits of drinking tea, but how do you sort out the fact from the fiction?

Let’s take a look at oolong/wulong tea and the many ways that it can benefit your health…

There are three primary kinds of tea: green tea, black tea, and oolong tea. Each kind of tea comes from the same plant, and is processed differently to create the different varieties.

About Wulong Tea:

Wulong tea is another name for oolong, which is a semi-fermeted tea. This means that it falls in between black and green tea in the way that the leaves are treated after picking.

As with black and green tea, wulong tea has a host of health benefits when consumed regularly. These benefits are for the most part because of the naturally high level of antioxidants in the tea.

What are antioxidants?

According to WebMD, “They are vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that protect and repair cells from damage caused by free radicals.”

This is important, because free radical damage is linked to many common chronic diseases and compromised immunity.

Health Benefits:

  • Healthy Skin: In this study, patients suffering from eczema show great skin improvement in only a week after drinking 3 cups of wulong tea 3 times per day. Also, by protecting skin from free radical damage, this tea can can be useful in preventing some signs of aging.
  • Healthy Teeth and Bones: The antioxidants in wulong tea have been shown to help prevent tooth decay and also to improve bone structure and support bone health.
  • Heart Disease: In a study published in 2010, it was concluded that consumption of wulong tea may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Tea may also have a beneficial effect of helping to regulate cholesterol.
  • Diabetes: There is emerging evidence that, when used in combination with standard care, oolong tea may work to naturally balance blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • Preventing Ovarian Cancer: A promising recent study showed that, ““regular drinking of green tea, black tea and/or oolong tea was associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer, the adjusted odds ratio being 0.29 [95 per cent confidence interval 0.22–0.39] after accounting for confounding factors”.

Weight Loss:

Another one of the recognized health benefits of wulong tea is weight loss.

It’s true…the same powerful antioxidants that are responsible for it’s other health benefits also work in the body to fuel up fat burning.

These specific antioxidants, known as polyphenols, raise the body’s metabolism and help to block fat-builiding enzymes.

A 2001 study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that drinking regular amounts of oolong tea not only raised metabolic rate, but also increased fat oxidation in its subjects. In all, this study showed a 12% increase in fat oxidation over a 24-hour period after drinking the tea, and an overall increase in energy expenditure (metabolism).

Another study published in 2009 in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine reflected the same results when researching the use of oolong tea with overweight and obese subjects. They found that Oolong tea could both decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving metabolism and that it might help to prevent obesity.

Both of these studies and a number of others show that the regular consumption of wulong tea can indeed raise metabolism and aid in weight loss.

Wulong Tea for Your Health?

With all of the potential benefits that you can gain from wulong tea, it seems like a great way to support overall health.

It is completely natural, and as with healthy eating, may be a simple way to help prevent disease and create optimal well-being.

Top 5 Drinks For Memory And Brain Function

Do you ever feel overwhelmed?

Or like your brain is on the verge of shutting down?

It is the feeling that happens when you are mentally fatigued – much like a wet blanket thrown over your brain. How hard it is during those times to get anything done? Feels near impossible.

So, you have a big project to complete at work, or a test you have to study for and you need a mental pick-me-up.

What drink to you reach for?

We thought we would examine the most popular drinks that people reach for when they need a boost, and see if we could determine the effects they are having on your brain and memory.

Hopefully this information will be as enlightening to you as it was for us. Because if your brain isn’t working well, nothing else will either.

Coffee

Coffee is probably one of the most used work and study aids on the planet (right after water and tea).

It is estimated that over half the population of America drinks coffee  (National Coffee Association).  Some would say it is so popular due to the caffeine addiction many of us (myself included) have. However, there is no question for coffee drinkers that it does have an effect on your mental functioning; both good and bad. Too little and you don’t really feel anything. Too much coffee and your brain seems to get rewired and not work well at all.

But that perfect cup of coffee sure seems to kick start your brain.

So what is it in coffee that makes it such a great mental booster?

The primary ingredient in coffee that stimulates your brain is caffeine. Studies show that caffeine (in limited amounts) will improve your short term memory and speeds up the reaction time in your brain’s frontal cortex area.

“We were able to show that caffeine modulates a higher brain function through its effects on distinct areas of the brain,” said this paper’s lead author, Florian Koppelstätter, M.D., Ph.D.

Another question you might ask – is it only the caffeine in coffee that helps, or are there other compounds that might also enhance mental functioning?

Well, there are other compounds such as chlorogenic acids, which keep adenosine in circulation in the brain longer than normal. This may augment coffee’s ability to increase concentration without increasing irritability.

What isn’t know is how long these effects last and if the enhancements are permanent. An older study shows that coffee is by far the #1 source of antioxidants in American’s diets. Antioxidants are obviously a good thing for both your mental and overall health.

Coffee may also help with Parkinsons disease mobility issues, lower depression risks in women, may lower risk of the deadliest prostate cancer, may reduce diabetes risk, and believe it or not may be the newest stress buster.

If you use coffee to stimulate your brain, the key is to use an amount which doesn’t over stimulate you.

Coffee does seem to enhance your mental performance, but it doesn’t appear to make you smarter. Unfortunately.

Water

Your brain is incredibly sensitive to changes within your body.

Your brain is probably most sensitive to the natural water balance or hydration levels within your body. Without these proper levels it simply cannot function properly. Researchers have found that dehydration can impair short and long term memory functions within your brain.

One study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that with just a 2% change in hydration levels in your body you can experience decreases in physical, visuomotor, psychomotor, and cognitive performance.

It is easy to see why pure water can be one of the most beneficial drinks for improving your mental functioning.

Simply put, your brain needs water.

Soda Drinks

For too many of us, the lure of cold, sweet sodas is the first go-to drink for pepping up your mental afternoons. Take your pick of the brand, many of us enjoy a soft drink and experience a perk in mental functioning.

We just learned from our look into coffee that caffeine is the primary cause for mental stimulation. Next question is, how does the sugar content within most sodas effect your thinking? And, what about all those other chemical ingredients?

Sugar, in small amounts, is necessary for our bodies to function. The problem arises from high quantities of sugar intake and the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Not only has this been associated with diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver diseaseresearch seems to point out that HFCS will actually hinder your brain functioning.

This article is trying to look for drinks that can help your mental functioning, and other than the small boost from the caffeine, not much else can be said positive about soda drinks.

Drinking soda has also been shown to:

  1. Dramatically increase fat buildup around your liver and skeletal muscles;
  2. A 10 year study of ~500 adults found that those who drank at least 2 soda drinks per day have a 500% bigger waistline!;
  3. Two of the coloring agents used in many drinks, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been linked to cancer risk;
  4. Phosphoric acid found in many soda drinks has been shown to reduce life spans significantly;
  5. Cause environmental hazards. Artificial sweeteners are not broken down in our bodies, nor are they caught in water treatment plants and thus transfer directly to our water supplies;
  6. Cause major hormonal imbalances. All sorts of cans are lined with PBA’s to keep the drinks from reacting with the aluminum. Do a simple search for PBA’s effects on hormones and you will not drink from another can;
  7. Massive plastic pollution. Search for “great pacific garbage patch” and see for yourself.

Read more at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-disturbing-side-effects-of-soda.html

Pretty dramatic evidence that drinking soda does nothing but hurt your health.

Energy Drinks

Visit any campus or work environment around the globe and you will find an abundant supply of energy drinks. People consumed almost 12.5 Billion dollars worth of energy drinks in America alone in 2012. And yet, the health effects of these types of drinks are dismal.

They have been known to cause side effects including seizures, diabetes, cardiac abnormalities, and mood and behavioral disorders.

Many of these drinks do not list the amount of caffeine that they contain, and they are not regulated. According to Daniel Marks, an assistant professor at the Center for the Study of Weight Regulation at Oregon Health & Science University, “Some energy drinks beverages can boost heart rate and blood pressure, and cause dehydration and restlessness.”

Another issue with energy drinks is that the ingredients vary widely between brands and many of these ingredients are chemicals that have unknown long-term health effects.

The only reason we include energy drinks on this list is to bring more awareness to the harmful effects that these may drinks cause.

Take all the negative aspects of soda drinks above and  multiply them for the negative effects of energy drinks.

The bottom line is this: Energy drinks have ZERO benefits to your health.

Tea

Obviously we are biased, but for good reason.

Next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. And it just so happens it is also one of the most healthy drinks you can put into your body.

There are 3 main active compounds in tea that really help you, both mentally and physically:

Flavanoids

What are they? Why are they good for mental health?

Flavonoids are powerful little antioxidants that have a host of health benefits. A Cambridge study shows flavonoids, may exert beneficial effects in the central nervous system by protecting neurons against stress induced injury, promoting synaptic plasticity, memory and cognitive function.

Theanine:

Theanine (L-theanine) is an amino acid that is naturally found in tea. This amino acid is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, and has been shown to potentially enhance relaxation, reduce stress (mental and physical), enhance mood, and improve cognition.

Caffeine:

Tea does contain caffeine, but not as much as coffee. Oolong tea, for instance, only contains about 1/3 the caffeine as a cup  of coffee. This means that it is the perfect daily companion during work or studying.

These are the primary constituents in tea for improving brain function, but the truly amazing thing about tea is that it has so many other health benefits as well.

Not only that, but real tea is 100% natural with no fillers or additives. This means that it can be consumed safely by the majority of people with none of the risks associated with too much coffee, soda, or energy drinks.

Another fantastic benefit of drinking tea is that it has been proven to help you lose weight.

At the risk of tooting our own horn, it goes without question that tea is the absolute best drink you can consume for your mental and overall health.

What do you think? Know of a great brain drink we missed?

What other methods do you use to perk up a sluggish brain?

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.

Green Tea Diet Exposed

Green Tea Diet

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The Green Tea Diet

You see it everywhere, websites and advertisements promising great results from a green tea diet.

There are countless options and varieties available.

But does it work? And how can you know what you’re really getting?

The Truth About Green Tea

The truth is that green tea is awesome.

It’s all natural, calorie free, and good for you.

Heck, it’s pretty much a superfood (as, I would argue, is all real tea).

Because green tea is so widely consumed, there has been a great deal of research into its health benefits.

This research has concluded that green tea is beneficial in a number of ways. It may have potential for fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol, supporting immune function, and promoting cognitive health.

The component of green that is considered to be responsible for its weight loss potential is epigallocatechin gallate, commonly known as EGCG.

EGCG is a naturally occurring antioxidant that is most abundant in green tea.

There is some evidence that EGCG can support health, and may have some influence on weight loss, but only at a concentration that far exceeds what you get from drinking tea. In most tests, the EGCG was injected rather than consumed because it may not be absorbable through the digestive tract. The other problem is that no standardized dosage is known, because the research has varied so greatly.

This means that all of the green tea extract supplements available completely vary in dosage, and may not actually be effective.

Oolong Tea For Weight Loss

As opposed to green tea, oolong tea makes up only about 2% of tea consumed in the world. Because of this, there has been less research on oolong, but results have been even more promising.

As with green tea, oolong tea also offers a host of health benefits. It can support healthy teeth and bones, improve cardiovascular health, help to regulate blood sugar levels, and also may be beneficial for cancer prevention.

Similar to the green tea diet, the weight loss effects of oolong tea are because of its high concentration of polymerized polyphenols. Oolong tea has the highest concentration of these particular antioxidants.

This means that oolong tea is actually more beneficial for weight loss than green tea.

A 2001 study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that drinking regular amounts of oolong tea not only increases metabolic rate, but also increased fat oxidation in its subjects.This study showed a 12% increase in fat oxidation over a 24-hour period after drinking the tea, and an overall significant increase in energy expenditure (EE). This is higher than green tea which only showed a 4% increase.

Another study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2009 reflected these results. When inducing a diet of oolong tea on overweight and obese subjects, researchers found that Oolong tea could decrease body fat content and reduce body weight through improving metabolism and that it might help to prevent obesity. In fact, they found that a total of 70% of the severely obese subjects showed a decrease of more than 1 kg in body weight, including 22% who lost more than 3 kg.

Conclusion

While more research is needed into the benefits of tea for weight loss, the most promising results are for oolong tea rather than green tea as a diet aid.

Regardless, there are many health benefits of tea, and it can be a great addition to any healthy diet plan.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.