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05 Nov 2006

most effective green tea?
i know green tea is very beneficial in weight loss but which brand is the most beneficial?is it better to drink the tea or take green tea supplements?how many cups per day are recomended?are there side effects eg. constipation for IBS sufferers?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Viv
You can drink any brand of green tea that you find is pleasant or palatable. There is also a new product on the market in SA called Supradyn WeightSmart. According to the label this product contains a mixture of vitamins and minerals of which chromium may well assist with weight loss, plus green tea extract (EGCG) that has been found to promote weight loss, and a small dose of caffeine which also has weight loss potential. However, unless used with an energy-reduced diet a supplement on its own will not promote significant weight loss. Because you evidently suffer from IBS you will need to experiment with the green tea and/or WeightSmart to see if your symptoms worsen. If they do, then your best solution for weight loss is to see a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will work out a diet for you that promotes weightloss but also does not exacerbate the IBS.
Best regards
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