Comparing Original Wu-Yi Tea to similar products

There are so many options out there, it's hard to know what's going to be right for you and your lifestyle. Original Wu-Yi Tea is so popular is because it not only does so many of the things people are looking for, it is also incredibly easy to incorporate into your life. If you are still considering another product for your weight-loss needs, please read the following paragraphs for a point-by-point comparison against some products our customers have reported considering or using before ordering our tea.

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Alli is the reduced-strength version of orlistat (Xenical), a prescription drug to treat obesity. It's approved for over-the-counter sale to overweight adults 18 years and older. Alli is meant to be used in conjunction with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise.

Alli, available from GlaxoSmithKline, has garnered a great deal of attention, due mostly to the large amount of money the company has spent on advertising. They have also gotten around their customers needing a prescription by making it half as strong as Xenical, a prescribed drug with the same ingredients.

These drugs are designed to deactivate lipase, a digestive enzyme your body needs to break down the fats in food. While this may seem like a simple solution, studies suggest the results for weight-loss are only 3 pounds per year more than dieting and exercise alone.

Beyond that, Alli prevents your body from absorbing fat-soluble vitamins like A, E and D. The company advises taking vitamin pills when you are not under the effects of Alli, but since you take Alli with every meal, this means you must take vitamins without a meal, decreasing their effectiveness.

Worst of all are the side effects. The fat that doesn't get broken up by your body works its way through your intestines and is ultimately passed. Since your body isn't set up to deal with this alteration of its natural processes, the results are extremely uncomfortable and can even be quite embarrassing.

GlaxoSmithKline's website for the product warns "you may experience oily spotting, lose stools and more frequent, hard-to-control stools."


Ephedra is both a stimulant and a thermogenic. Its biological effects are due to its ephedrine and pseudoephedrine content. These compounds increase heart rate and constrict blood vessels (increasing blood pressure). Their thermogenic properties can cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.

Ephedra has also been used for weight loss, sometimes in combination with aspirin and caffeine. Some studies have shown that ephedra, when taken in a regulated and supervised environment, is effective for marginal short-term weight loss, although it is unclear whether such weight loss is maintained. However, several reports have documented the large number of adverse events attributable to ephedra supplements.

In 1997, in response to mounting concern over serious side effects of ephedra, the FDA proposed a ban on products containing 8 mg or more of ephedrine alkaloids and stricter labeling of low-dose ephedra supplements. The FDA also proposed that ephedra labels be required to disclose the health risks of ephedra, such as heart attack, stroke, or death.


Hoodia a succulent plant in the Kalahari that resembles a cactus. It is supposedly consumed by the San Bushmen in the area to reduce hunger during hunting, a theory that sparked interest in using the plant for weight loss. There exists no conclusive evidence of hoodia being effective as an appetite suppressant, nor any that it contributes to significant, long-term reduction in weight.

Pfizer, once interested in developing hoodia as a drug, returned the rights after discovering "unwanted effects on the liver". There are also reports of hoodia effecting the brain to the extent that users nearly halted their metabolism (increasing weight gain) and even that some people consuming hoodia died of dehydration due to disfunction of chemicals in the brain controlling thirst.

Green Tea

Green tea is certainly healthy, natural and safe. On a basic level, it has some of the effects that you will see with our Original Wu-Yi Tea. It does not, however, undergo the careful oxidization process that our tea does, nor does it contain any of the natural herbs and seeds included in Original Wu-Yi Tea that increase its health benefits.

Green tea is categorically less effective, less flavorful and does not have as broad a benefit to overall health.

Another major problem with basic green tea is that its biochemistry makes it much more difficult to keep fresh, so there is even less of a chance of experiencing its full benefit. Unfortunately, even if you do find fresh, high-quality green tea it will not come close to the efficacy of our Original Wu-Yi blend.


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