Best Green Tea to Reduce Weight and Blood Pressure

by Julie E.
(Milwaukee, WI, USA)

Ok...let me begin by admitting that I am a total tea 'virgin'..seriously, the only tea I've ever really drunk is (please don't cringe)Crystal Light, which I know resembles Kool-aid more than real tea. So please forgive my ignorance in advance.

A little background to give you an idea of the concerns I have. I am a 34-year old woman who has narcolepsy, and I have been taking medication for my condition for the past 15+ years. I am a highly educated person and try to stay as well informed and up-to-date on scientific and medical research about my condition as possible.

Recent research suggests that narcolepsy is caused by the destruction and cessation of hypocretin (orexin) producing neurons. (I also read with interest you comments about Parkinson's as new research suggests these two conditions may be related in pathology). Not only is hypocretin responsible for regulating your sleep cycle, but also (sigh) is responsible for regulating metabolism.

As a result, despite my best efforts, I have put on a ridiculous amount of weight, which, as someone who was always very athletic, active, and in-shape, frustrates and absolutely disgusts me (I'm being honest).

I take a ridiculous amount of medication just to be functional (80mg of amphetamines for sleepiness, 50mg of imiprimine--an antidepressant--to control the cataplexy). And now with my last visit to my doctor, my blood pressure is starting to get alarmingly high...obviously because of all the stimulants and weight gain.

I am absolutely desperate to lose weight, but at the same time, am very interested in the improved health benefits (specifically EGCG's and improved brain cell regeneration). So having bored you through half my life story (lol), here's my question(s):

Which kind of tea would you recommend as being most beneficial to me...I keep reading that Oolong is more effective for weight loss, but green tea and white tea has more EGCG's. Keeping in mind my blood pressure, the less caffeine the better.

I am also looking for the highest quality possible because I just don't see the point of drinking commercial/processed tea that has questionable origins (of course, don't forget that I have absolutely no knowledge experience with drinking tea so I have no idea what I might like). So any thoughts or advice? Thank you in advance for your help.

P.S. Feel free to cut and paste parts of this question if you want to post it...don't want to bore the entire world! lol Thanks again.

Answer:

Julie, my sympathy to your recent weight gain. My wife has the same problems after the birth of our first child. I would do my best to help (have to say I am not a doctor so I am not giving any medical advice.)

So let me summarise, you want high EGCG, something that increases weight gain and reduces your blood pressure, right?

Let's start with a product that contains high amount of EGCG and near-zero caffeine. Decaffeinated green tea is not great because the process either strips out too much tea nutrients or make the tea tastes flat. So you are really looking into a tea supplement such as Teavigo ...

DSM is a reputable company so I am comfortable recommending. The disadvantage with Teavigo is that it is pure EGCG. There is no evidence that this product can promote significant weight loss (but may help with your brain healing).

Teavigo - Best Tea Supplement?

In the realm tea beverage, you may find it surprisingly to know that the higher the tea quality, the more caffeine it contains. However, these high grade teas are much more soothing to drink, because they contain even more of another compound called theanine, which is naturally decaffeinating.

A known relaxant, theanine promotes alpha brainwave. There is emerging evidence that it normalises blood pressure.

Theanine Health Benefits

For weight loss and health, I recommend a high grade tea which contains high level of theanine and EGCG. Further information on how to have an effective tea diet can be found at

Green Tea Diet - How To Become A Successful Loser

I hope this reply helps. I will soon be publishing a beverage review guide. Do come back and visit often by subscribing to my RSS feed!

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