The question is, can an infusion of weight loss ingredients ever be as good as a diet pill?
Craving Crush Pros
- Green tea and ginger may aid weight loss
Craving Crush Cons
- May work out expensive
- No company details
- No ingredient quantities given
- No money-back guarantee
Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Review
Craving Crush Facts
- Made by Reduxa Inc., USA
- 30 tea bags per pack
- No money-back guarantee
Craving Crush is a weight loss tea that is sold primarily through Amazon. It makes claims about how it works in several ways to aid weight loss attempts, by boosting the metabolism, suppressing appetite, and flushing excess water out of the system.
Plenty of people, according to the reviews, have felt that as they have been urinating more since taking the product, that this is clearly good for you, detoxifying the body. However, it is the general consensus amongst doctors that there is no need to take substances in order to detoxify the body, as the body does this process effectively on its own.
We make no secret of the fact that we dislike detox products as the medical community discount this a valid and healthy approach. It also seems like a fairly pointless practice to try to eliminate excess fluids from the body by consuming three mugs of tea-infused hot water each day.
The ingredients will help to reduce bloating and fluid retention, but the best way to achieve this naturally is just to ensure enough water is being consumed throughout the day.
How to take Craving Crush Tea
Each bag contains 30 teabags, making enough for 10-15 days of use, if the directions provided are followed.
Directions for use are: Pour 8 oz freshly boiled water over one (1) tea bag in a cup; cover cup and steep for 3-5 minutes; let stand for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy 2-3 cups per day, especially between or after meals.
The manufacturing company, Reduxa Inc., has no contact information and no official website, but is reported to be based in the USA. Whilst we are unable to find out any negative information about Reduxa Inc., and they are currently not linked with any scams, we are also unable to locate any positive information about the company, as they have almost no internet presence.
Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Concerns:
- No official website exists for the manufacturer
- Ingredient amounts are not disclosed
- Diuretic and Laxative ingredients
What Does Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Claim To Do?
Craving Crush claims to do a number of different things to help facilitate weight loss. These include being a natural appetite suppressant, helping to purify the body from toxins and waste and release excess water, and boosting the metabolism.
So What Is Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea and What Are The Ingredients?
Obviously, Craving Crush is a tea, and so the end product is an infusion from the active ingredients. It is possible that not all of the active ingredients are water soluble, and so may not transfer from the contents of the tea bag into the actual tea very well.
- Green tea: Numerous studies have focused upon the weight loss potential of green tea; studies have typically found that the catechins (a type of antioxidant) present in green tea increase the thermogenic output of the body for a short period of time, typically around 4 hours. This increases the amount of calories burnt by the body, by a fairly small but consistent amount, which with regular use, can lead to weight loss.
- Papaya leaf: There is no clinical evidence to suggest that papaya leaf plays any role in weight loss.
- Ginger root: A number of studies suggest that ginger is a thermogenic agent that can help burn fat. One study used dried ginger powder to make a tea that participants drank with breakfast. Researchers found that satiety levels were much higher when the tea was consumed with breakfast, rather than just the breakfast on its own.
- Orange peel: Bitter orange oil is made from the peel of a bitter orange. This oil contains synephrine, a stimulant that seems to boost the metabolic rate temporarily. It is typically cold-pressed from fresh peel, and is insoluble in water, suggesting that it may be ineffective in tea form.
- Rose hip: This is often used to treat both constipation and diarrhoea, but in terms of weight loss, one study found that rose hip had no effect upon weight loss.
- Hibiscus flower: This is sometimes used to treat a loss of appetite, making it an unusual addition to a weight loss tea. It may be that hibiscus has a slight laxative effect, which may lead to some water weight loss.
Source: WebMD Resource
- Fennel seed: Fennel and fennel seeds are often used to treat loss of appetite, bloating, gas and other stomach problems.
Source: WebMD Resource
- Lemon balm: Lemon balm is used for digestive problems, including upset stomach, bloating, intestinal gas and vomiting. It may help to reduce side effects from other ingredients in this weight loss tea. It has no effect upon weight loss attempts.
Source: WebMD Resource
So What Does All This Mean?
Looking at the ingredients profile, it is clear that many of the advertised ingredients actually play no role in weight loss.
Ingredients with diuretic and laxative ingredients will eliminate water from the body, but this is temporary, and will not affect weight in the long term. Whilst synephrine, an active ingredient in bitter orange extract, has been found to play a role in weight loss, it is unlikely to be effective here, as the oil is not soluble in water, and is usually extracted through cold pressing the fresh peel, whereas in the tea the dried peel is stewed in hot water.
Green tea and ginger appear to be the only ingredients that will have any effect upon weight loss. Ginger may have appetite suppression qualities, or at least, increases the satiety of meals, when drunk as a tea. Green tea is well-known as a metabolism booster, thanks to its high levels of catechins and caffeine content, which both stimulate the central nervous system, to increase the body’s thermogenic output over the course of a few hours. The effects of both ginger and green tea are noticeable but moderate.
Does Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Have Any Side Effects?
Because several of the ingredients are diuretics and laxatives, increased urination will be a noticeable side effect. Dehydration may occur if the user is not careful to drink enough water throughout the day.
Some side effects are associated with the consumption of ginger, including heartburn, belching, stomach upset, diarrhoea and irritation of the mouth. Ginger may also lower blood sugar levels, and as such should not be used as a weight loss aid by diabetics, without first consulting a doctor.
Caution: Avoid if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Any Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Reviews From Customers?
There are numerous reviews of craving crush weight loss tea on Amazon, with many of these being positive reviews.
One reviewer wrote:
My experience with Reduxa products has been by and large positive, especially when I use them to help in my bodybuilding goals. I began using Craving Crush during my cutting phase in order to try and neutralize the voracious appetite I developed while bulking. In my first week of using this product I encountered a considerable reduction in my hunger, so this product does deliver what it promises. While I was substantially less hungry when drinking the 3 cups per day as directed, I still was getting carb cravings here and there.
But also added advice against drinking more than three cups a day, as the constant need to visit the toilet outweighed the benefits.
Another customer gave a 5 star review and wrote;
So far I have been able to loose about 11 lbs in just about two weeks. I order my second batch and have replaced a few of my coffee rounds for this mix that is working perfectly. The taste is also up my alley and to make things better it is both cost effective and keeps me up during the day.
There are also some negative reviews of Craving Crush weight loss tea, although not nearly as many as positive reviews. One customer wrote:
This tea does not suppress the appetite. And its also overpriced. All the ingredients listed can be bought for a fraction of the cost, and it doesnt even work. Plain coffee with sweetener works better to suppress my appetite.
One customer even suggested that the tea’s positive reviews may be faked, a problem that we have found with another of Reduxa Inc.’s products, Reduxa Fat Burner. They stated:
I read a few of the 1 star results but was swayed by the 5 star results. Just click on a few of the 5 star results and check out the other items they have reviewed. You will find they are all similar with many reviewers have “used” 4-5 weight loss products in the past month with all of them “works great”. Sorry to say that for those of us looking for help losing weight, this is not the product.
Customers all seem to disagree about the taste, with some calling it bland, whilst others dislike the ginger aftertaste. Other customers claim to like the taste. One customer pointed out that using freshly boiled water can burn the tea leaves, causing the product to taste bitter, and recommended letting the kettle cool for a few minutes before actually making the tea.
So Does Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea Work?
Based upon the reviews, it seems that many different people have felt that craving crush weight loss tea has helped them to lose weight. Ignoring all of the possible weight loss attributes that the ingredients may have, there is a simple explanation for this.
Many of this customers mention that they have substituted their regular cup of tea or coffee for craving crush. People often forget to count the calories consumed from drinks, and then wonder why they are struggling to lose weight. Considering that a large takeaway cappuccino from a coffee shop contains over 200 calories before adding any sugar, it is easy to see that replacing this with a calorie free drink, even once a day, can significantly boost weight loss efforts. The same effect could be seen from replacing the same drink with a fruit tea or green tea, both of which contain zero calories, if no sugar is added.
What is open to debate is whether or not craving crush actually aids weight loss by either suppressing the appetite or boosting the metabolism. Ginger does appear to suppress the appetite, at least in satiety perception tests, but this may vary between individuals, and there are no long term studies to show what effect this can have upon weight loss. Whilst green tea has been proven to be a metabolism boosting ingredient, its effects are still relatively small, and may only be noticed after a prolonged period of use.
Where Can I Buy Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea?
Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea can be bought from the Reduxa Inc. Amazon store, for a price of $24.75 for 30 teabags. Amazon offers free shipping on this product to the US.
Caution: Be aware that you may require 2 to 3 packets for one month’s supply, drinking at the recommendations of the manufacturer.
What About A Guarantee
Reduxa Inc. offers no money back guarantee of any of its products at this time.
Overall it is not possible to recommend Craving Crush Weight loss tea, as there we have too many concerns about the product. The ingredients leave a lot to be desired, especially as regularly taking laxatives and diuretics increases the amount of electrolytes being flushed out of the body, and can also lead to dehydration. The amounts of each ingredient are not made public, and so it is impossible to know if the tea will be effective at all. It is our suspicion that customers may lose some weight initially, which will be water weight from the diuretics, and that over a few weeks of use, small amounts of weight could possibly be lost, if the customer uses their reduced appetite as an opportunity to eat fewer calories each day.
Considering that two or three packs are needed per month, this is an expensive investment, especially for a type of tea that has no clinical evidence to separate it from other weight loss teas.
Finally, the manufacturer, Reduxa Inc., is a matter of concern. Their lack of official website, contact details or internet presence does not make it easy to trust this company. If a customer wanted a refund or exchange, they would need to contact the third-party distributor, which in this case is most likely to be Amazon.com. Reduxa inc. do not have the set-up to provide any customer service, and they offer no money-back guarantee.
With all these factors taken into consideration we can only reject Craving Crush Weight Loss Tea.