First let me say that I am a seller of tea. I have done a bit of research into the different kinds of teas and their
properties and some things need clarification here that are being discussed about green tea and tea in general. It is not
surprising that confusion exists among consumers about the properties of tea since there is a good bit of misinformation
being floated out there.
The first thing that needs to be understood is that green tea is called "green" because the leaves of green tea are pretty
much as they come from the Camelia Sinensis plant except, of course, they are dried before you get them, as are all
tea leaves; but green tea does not go through the oxidation or "fermenting" process that other teas do. It has been said
that this leaves the green tea in a state which means that it has less caffeine and more phenols (an antioxidant)
than black tea or oolong which go through additional stages of processing.
Recent studies, however, are showing that it does not appear to matter if you are talking about black or green tea, both seem
just as effective and drinking any tea can help cholesterol levels and reduce cell damage caused by smoking, possibly
preventing cancer and heart disease. Phenols or polyphenols are natural chemicals found in most plant products and tea is no
exception. In general terms, phenolic compounds or polyphenols, have a similar basic structural chemistry including an "aromatic"
or "phenolic" ring structure. They are most abundant or concentrated in fruit, wine, tea, coffee and chocolate. These substances
have a bitter or astringent taste and are most noticeable when sugar is not present, as in dry red wine, baking (or cooking)
chocolate, or tea.
As a matter of fact, chocolate has more of these antioxidants than does tea but, let's face it, eating chocolate will
not help you meet your weight loss goals, now will it? That's because of the amount of sugar that must be added to overcome
the natural bitterness of the chocolate which most people find very objectionable (ever try eating any plain cocoa or baking
chocolate?) You can drink several cups of tea a day and not gain an ounce unless of course you load the tea with sugar.
To fully appreciate tea you should try to drink it with no sugar. If you do this, you will come to appreciate the whole experience
of the leaf to a much greater degree...I can personally vouche for that. Experienced tea drinkers learn with time, just as
wine afficianados do, to appreciate the differences in tea (which are much greater than is ever imagined by the casual tea
drinker) that exist because of the different growing conditions and climate found in the various tea growing regions of the world.
Some tips that reduce the bitterness in a cup of brewed leaves are: Keep the brewing time UNDER three minutes...even less for some
teas. If you still find the astringency of tea too much for your taste try a little milk as the British often do. The milk changes
the pH and smooths the flavor a bit. The three minute rule is very important as the longer the tea is brewed, the more bitterness
Anyway, to address the poster's questions, there is no "best" kind of tea for weight loss. Weight loss is a matter of reducing
the number of calories taken in and increasing the number of calories burned through activity. Some so called "diet teas" have
been touted as helpful to weight loss but you should be very careful that these do not contain ingredients such as Senna (a laxative)
or ma huang, a Chinese herb used for weight loss which is a natural source of ephedrine and has recently come under much scrutiny
because users of it may be at risk for heart attacks, sudden death and stroke.
As for the blood thinning property of tea there are many things, as well as tea, that can be added to the diet like broccoli, cauliflower,brussel
sprouts, kale, spinach, and many green leafy vegetables that are high in vitamin K that contribute to the body's
ability to thin the blood, but a person would have to have a steady diet of tea and practically nothing else in order to have
TOO MUCH vitamin K. Thinning the blood is actually a good thing for most people as it helps to reduce the possibility of deep vein
thrombosis (blood clots) that can be a cause of stroke. Though I am not a doctor and I don't even play one on TV, I suspect that
anyone having unusual "bruising" has a medical condition that contributes to this or is taking some kind of medication that can
also thin the blood, possibly even some sort of herbal product which many people take inadvisably because they think the herbs are
"natural" and can cause no harm. The taking of ANY medication or herbal should be discussed with one's physician who is in the best
position to be able to judge the specific needs of the individual patient.
I hope I have shed a little light on this question of tea and weight loss.