When you are looking for support to weight loss, green tea is an ingredient that often shows up in a diet pill. The difference with Cha Yi is that it gets back to basics. This green tea herbal supplement is one that you drink in the way that nature intended.
Cha Yi Tea Pros
- Green tea is good for health and weight loss
- Easy to take this supplement. Just add hot water and drink
Cha Yi Tea Cons
- Ingredients lack clinical evidence
- May cause side effects
- No money-back guarantee
Cha Yi Tea Review
Cha Yi Tea Facts
- British supplement Cha Yi Ltd is based at a nature reserve in Kent
- Green tea supplement with added ingredients
- 1 month’s supply costs £32.00
Cha Yi Tea is a blend of green tea with herbs that you drink in the usual way as tea, although without adding milk. Simply add hot water to a tea bag and you have a healthy refreshing tea that according to the producers will help you lose weight.
The Cha Yi blend includes Oolong green tea but it also contains Chinese mushroom Poria, Lotus leaves, Jiaogulan, Alisma Rhizome and Cassia seeds – ingredients used in Chinese medicine.
There has been a lot of clinical research into green tea. The natural tea is high in antioxidants – molecules that neutralize the action of free radical cells – the dangerous abnormalities that cause disease and aging. Green tea has been investigated for its role in fighting cancer and other illnesses.
Green tea has also been investigated for weight loss and it is known to help increase the speed of the metabolism.
All tea is derived from the same plant type – Camellia Sinensis, but the basic difference between green tea and other teas is in the method of production. Unlike ordinary black tea, Green tea is not fermented and as a result, all the natural antioxidants and health giving polyphenols remain intact.
Green tea is the principle ingredient in Cha Yi. We love green tea but we are concerned about some of the other ingredients, including Cassia seeds known as a laxative and Poria known for its diuretic (increases urination) effect.
How to use Cha Yi Tea
To use Cha Yi, simply add boiling water to a tea bag and drink in the usual way once or twice a day when you feel like it.
Cha Yi Ltd the company behind this tea, describe it as ideal for detoxification. However according to medical advice the whole principle of detoxing is flawed. It is not good for health because it can lead to dehydration and other problems. It does nothing for long term weight loss either.
Cha Yi is British made diet supplement that appears to be fairly new on the market. The company is based in Kent and the business appears to be run from a nature reserve. The address is:
The Estate Office
Kent ME2 1LA
Cha Yi Tea Concerns:
- Customers may think that this is a simple green tea supplement, rather than a laxative
- No ingredient quantities information
- Lack of clinical evidence regarding efficacy and safety
What Does Cha Yi Tea Claim To Do?
According to the product information, this tea has key benefits to help you lose weight without effort.
- Aid in blocking the absorption of fat
- Relieve stress and anxiety
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Support the detoxification process
- Raise metabolism, thus aiding weight loss
- Soothe and ease bowel movements
- Raise energy levels
blended to an ancient Chinese recipe that has been used for health and wellbeing for many centuries.
(All supplements that use Chinese medicinal herbs claim this! )
The flavour is important: The advertising explains;
Cha Yi Tea’s unique and ancient recipe not only helps it to far surpass the benefits of green tea alone, but actually creates a flavour that is mild and delicious, so you not only get to feel amazing but enjoy every sip along the way!
The amount you can drink each day is mentioned too;
As some of the ingredients help to support bowel movements some people find that 2 cups a day is the perfect amount for them whilst other people prefer to drink more or less.
So What Is Cha Yi Tea and What Are The Ingredients For Cha Yi Tea?
Cha Yi is a supplement that you drink as a herbal tea. Contents of each teabag and amount quantities of individual ingredients are not specified.
- Oolong Tea: Green tea that is available to buy in health food shops and some supermarkets. With proven health benefits because of its high levels of antioxidants, green tea has been found to promote modest weight loss because it can help increase the speed the metabolism.
Despite the claims by Cha Yi that you do not need to increase exercise levels in order to lose weight, some clinical studies show that the best results come when combined with resistance training. Contains caffeine
- Poria: Traditional Chinese fungus also known as Fu Ling or Chinese Root. It is sometimes used to treat memory loss, anxiety, diarrhoea but it lacks clinical evidence for the claims and requires further testing. There is a lack of information regarding safety and side effects.
- Alisma Rhizome: Common water plant also known as Mad Dog Weed or Water Plantain. It is supposed to be effective for treating urinary tract or bladder diseases but it lacks evidence and there are concerns about possible side effects. Alisma Rhizome is toxic and just because it is a natural plant does not mean it is safe.
- Lotus Leaf: There has been some clinical testing regarding the use of lotus leaf for weight loss. Some clinical evidence suggests it may help prevent the formation of fatty tissue. Lotus leaves contain phytochemicals and are high in antioxidants. The downside is that all clinical testing has been carried out on animals so it does not necessarily follow that the same results will be seen in humans or if it is even safe. It may cause gastrointestinal irritation and increase risk of internal bleeding.
- Jiaogulan: Also known as Southern ginseng or Gynostemma, this plant extract is known as an adaptogen – a term for something that boosts general health, resistance and well being. There is evidence that Jiaogulan may help reduce cholesterol levels but it can cause unpleasant side effects such as diarrhoea and nausea
- Cassia Seeds: Chinese medical herbal extract that is used for problems related to intestine, liver, large intestine and vision and is supposed to ease bowel movements. No real evidence it is effective and should be used with extreme caution. It works as a laxative and is known for gastro intestinal side effects and for causing the uterus to contract.
So What Does All This Mean?
We are concerned about some of the ingredients in this tea. Just because these ingredients are natural, it does not mean they are safe. In addition, a Chinese medicinal plant may be appropriate if prescribed by a trained practitioner but does this mean it is suitable for everyone to take?
However, the major problem with Cha Yi is the high number of ingredients that have a laxative and diuretic effect. This does not equate to healthy weight loss and may cause you to become dehydrated. We love green tea and drinking more green tea will undoubtedly help weight loss and health. The trouble is that this supplement contains all these added ingredients, which do not look as healthy.
Does Cha Yi Tea Have Any Side Effects?
There may be potential side effects and although these may not be a problem for most people, it is important to be aware of risks when taking supplements.
Potential side effects may include;
- Stomach cramps
- Increased risk of internal bleeding
- Increase urine output
- Increase in menstrual bleeding
- Contractions of uterus
- Mild stimulant effect
Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you are trying to conceive or think you may be pregnant. One of the compounds in Jiaogulan is known for causing birth abnormalities in animals and cassia seeds can induce menstrual bleeding. Do not take if you have any health issues around the kidneys or liver. Speak to your doctor first if you are taking prescription medication especially warfarin or other blood thinking agents or anti depressants.
Cha Yi tea is not the same as ordinary green tea so may cause potentially dangerous side effects. There is also caffeine in green tea so if you are sensitive to caffeine this tea will not be suitable.
Any Cha Yi Tea Reviews From Customers?
Cha Yi is fairly new on the market so at the time of writing there is not much customer feedback. Opinion is mixed.
One customer was short and to the point giving the supplement five stars and proclaiming it “excellent”
Another customer was happy but had issues with the construction of the tea bags
Very good product and does what it says. But my only criticism is that some of the tea bags were not sealed properly and me waste some which I wasn’t happy about.
Another customer wrote;
Not as good as the ones in Holland and Barrett… Shop… Sorry..
So Does Cha Yi Tea Work?
It depends on what you are expecting it to do!
If you use it to support a weight loss diet and do some exercise, the green tea may help increase the metabolism slightly and in turn, we can see that this effect may help you lose weight.
The down side is that Cha Yi contains ingredients with a laxative and diuretic effect so you may be spending more time in the bathroom than usual. However it is possible that this may show up on the scales.
The major problem is that many of the ingredients have not been thoroughly tested.
Lotus leaf for example has been tested in the lab on fat cells and at a cellular level it may affect Triglyceride accumulation and lipolysis-activity in processes involved in fat metabolism. However, this has not been proven or tested in real terms on real humans and does not come with any guidelines about dosage or potential side effects. The other ingredients are also unproven.
Where Can I Buy Cha Yi Tea?
You can buy Cha Yi Tea direct from the product website.
1 pouch containing 30 teabags costs £19.99. Larger deals are better value. 1 month’s supply (2 pouches or 60 teabags) costs £32.00. Three month’s supply (6 pouches or 180 teabags) costs £90.00. Six month’s supply (12 pouches 360 teabags) costs £150.00.
UK postage is an additional £3.99 and international shipping is £9.00
Irish customers are advised to buy via an Ireland based health supplement website called Therapie. 1 pouch of 30 teabags costs €29.95. A 3 for 2 offer sees 3 pouches on sale for €59.90.
Orders cost an additional €5.25 shipping to addresses in the Republic of Ireland.
You can also find Cha Yi Tea on sale via Amazon.co.uk. 1 pouch of 30 teabags costs £16.00 with an added £4.99 for UK shipping.
What About A Guarantee
No money back guarantee on offer.
We are not very impressed with Cha Yi. It looks to be an ordinary green tea with added benefits but the problem is that these so-called benefits may cause side effects.
Detox teas like this do not have any advantage to losing weight because simply taking laxatives and diuretics do not lead to weight loss. In addition, the added ingredients lack clinical testing and long-term side effects are unknown.
Cha Yi is also expensive. Drinking ordinary green tea would be better for health and for your budget and at £32.00 for a month’s supply, this tea supplement is expensive.
We love green tea and including more natural green tea into your routine would help you lose weight , especially if you combined it with a diet and exercise plan. However Cha Yi is not just green tea and we are concerned that some people may not realise that some of the ingredients in Cha Li come with potential health risks.
In our opinion Cha Yi is not a special green tea. It is a green tea with added ingredients and at the end of the day, our opinion is that you would do better to stick with plain and simple green tea and pass on Cha Yi.
We cannot add this product to our approved list therefore; we have no other option but to reject Cha Yi weight loss tea.