Wu-Yi Tea Side Effects

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Wu-Yi Tea has been marketed for years as a diet drink and general aid for good health. It is a trademark oolong tea product touted for oxidizing fat. Chinese medical practitioners are said to prescribe it in conjunction with other practices for obesity. This tea derived its name from Mt. Wuyi and contains concentrated amounts of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide potential health benefits. However, it has potentially dangerous side effects and is not a panacea. It should only be consumed in moderate amounts.

Claims

  • The product's manufacturers claim possible benefits through regular consumption of Wu-Yi Tea, which include clearer skin, a stronger immune system, healthier teeth and overall general well-being. Some Wu-Yi Tea enthusiasts claim it can prevent heart attacks and cancer. They also maintain that regular consumption of this tea can slow the aging process and help prevent the diseases that come with growing old.

The Diet

  • The Wu-Yi Tea diet: Consume two cups per day; one before the first meal of the day and the second one an hour before the noonday meal, with best results when combined with a balanced diet and exercise.

Side Effect of Unwanted Weight Loss

  • Depending on the person, the side effects could be life-threatening. Those who use Wu-Yi Tea may experience undesired weight loss and a dangerously high rate of metabolism. Since it is a natural diuretic, consuming more than the recommended two cups per day can cause dehydration. Potassium levels may drop to a dangerously low level.

Other Dangerous Side Effects

  • Anyone who has an adverse reaction to caffeine should avoid Wu-Yi Tea. Caffeine can increase the heart rate as well as create a spike in blood pressure. Consumers need to be aware that the amount of caffeine in Wu-Yi Tea is higher than that of many other teas. Overindulgence can also cause heart palpitations and irregular heart rhythms. Too much caffeine can cause resistance to insulin for diabetics. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not use Wu-Yi Tea. Anyone with kidney disease or stomach ulcers should avoid the use of this tea.

Advice

  • An occasional cup of Wu Yi tea isn't likely to have harmful side effects. However, people who use it as a diet aid should consult their doctors first.

References

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