Green Tea Supplement Capsules

Hey…I don’t like the taste of tea! You’re asking… “What can this website do for ME?”

Wait! Don’t leave yet…

Maybe you don’t like the taste of green tea or you simply don’t have the TIME to brew 4-5 cups of tea a day. Many folks don’t, especially if you travel a lot ( Nothing against antioxidant rich green vegitables but they’re kinda hard to eat while your driving…) .

You don’t want to miss out on the terrific health benefits gained by adding green tea to your diet such as: Cell defense, great antioxidant source, calorie burning effects, cancer defense, heart health benefits etc…

The best alternative to drinking green tea is to take green tea supplement capsules daily.

Green tea supplement capsules give as much or MORE antioxidant than drinking 4-5 cups of green tea daily. Typically, green tea supplement capsules contain between 150 – 300 mg of the polyphenol EGCG (the powerful antioxidant in green tea).

It’s an extremely simple and inexpensive way to get the antioxidant you need to stay healthy. I’ve taken this one for years and really like it – Vita base Green tea extract, it contains 300 mg of standardized green tea extract which is rich in Catechin Polyphenols. 2 capsules a day is like eating a few large servings of steamed green vegetables.

As for side effects, Green tea supplement capsules are pretty safe almost worry free… green tea capsules do contain caffeine and fluoride ( very low amounts ) so if you are sensitive to these take note. – Kerry Mott

Great teas UNDER $10.00

Hopefully, we can save you some time and direct you right to the source of some really great teas. The quality of these are excellent, sold in various packaging quantities.

If you’re on a budget these all are great tea choices with the same antioxidant and calorie burning properties of the more expensive teas.

“…Tastes are very subjective regarding wu-long teas. Descriptions such as “spicy”,”smoky”,”bakey”,”nutty” or “woody” are all rather subjective but will give you an idea of how different peoples pallets judge flavors. This is what makes Wu-long teas special!

The variations in taste and fragrance keep tea lovers interested – try some out in small quantities, that’s the economical way to do it. Soon you’ll stumble onto one that you really enjoy!”

Organic Tieguanyin – Generation Tea

This tea can compete with some of the best Taiwanese oolongs, but with a distinctly spicy mainland China bouquet. It can be infused 4-8 times.

2oz – $8.00, which yields about 30 cups – many more cups with multiple infusions (about $0.26 / cup)
– Kerry, webmaster

Organic Wuyi Shuixian – Generation Tea

A nice bargain wu-long tea! Best for about 2-3 infusions. This tea I noticed has a bolder taste ( still flavorful but do not overstep it may be bitter!) so it makes a great “wake up” coffee substitution. Try it!

2oz – $6.50, which yields about 30 cups – (about $0.21 / cup)
– Kerry, webmaster

Formosa Wu Long – Dragonwater Tea Company LLC

The firing and oxidization of this wu-long give it a ‘bakey’ taste with rich amber liquids.

1/4lb – $5.50, which yields about 50 plus cups. Can be infused several times. steep for approx 3 minutes. – (about $0.11 / cup)
limited availability…they can notify you when it becomes available
– Kerry, webmaster

Organic Wuyi Oolong Teabags

It’s difficult to capture the subtle taste of Wu-Long tea in a tea bag however after trying this tea I was impressed.

Flowery with a hint of cinnamon like aftertaste, it has an amazingly complex flavour for an inexpensive tea. If you want the convenience of making tea on the spot, try this! It is far superior to the grocery store tea bag “dust” found in commercial grade brands.
– Kerry, webmaster

Types of Wu-Long Tea

Formosa oolong which is considered the finest variety of wu long (oolong) tea. The has a peach-like bouquet with an amber colour liquor. It is grown in Taiwan.

Other Types of Wu-Long Tea

  • Ti Kuan Yin – Delicate flavor and aroma, described as peachlike and nutty
  • Tieguanyin – Smooth and naturally sweet to the taste
  • Shuixian – A bit spicier and darker richer flavor
  • Da Hong Poa – Delicate, floral and light tasting
  • Fenghuang Dancong – Sweet and flowery
  • Darjeeling – A version of traditional Black tea which is semi-fermented

The difference in the price between wu long tea varieties has to do with the complexity of taste resulting from the varying degrees of fermentation or the “firing process” – much like the aging and fermentation of fine wines.

Each particular batch of wu long tea will be graded on taste, the color of the leaves, fragrance, and color of the liquid… all playing a combined role in determining uniqueness and price. Some can be very expensive. However, you needn’t spend a fortune to enjoy really good wu long tea, many good varieties are priced around 10.00 per 2oz. (yields about 28-30 servings).

Just as you can find a half-way decent Merlot for $12.00 a bottle, wu long tea can be purchased just as well. We include links to some very good online tea stores, which is the way to buy wu long tea (avoid the grocery store!).

Taiwanese Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

1990 Aged Alishan Oolong

For those that want the best and the oldest, this roasted oolong is classic. It can be steeped up to 10 times and still delivers flavor. This tea presents a full sweet taste and a lingering tingly aftertaste. The dark black leaves give off an intoxicating aroma. Circa 1990 tea.Remarks: “Recommended – a bit pricy but worth it if you are an experienced wu-long tea drinker you’ll savor the complexities in flavor.”

Alishan Spring High Mountain

This amazing a coveted Formosa tea is totally hand done and consists of the best full, ripe and tender leaves. It has the subtle sweetness and creamy aftertaste that is so desired by oolong fans. Spring 2006. 2006 Alishan Spring High Mountain

Lishan High Mountain Spring Oolong

A real sweet and creamy taste that the best Taiwan oolongs have. This tea can be steeped a few times and the leaves and buds are really something to look at when wet. A smooth in the throat feeling emerges when the light green tea is enjoyed.

Spring Buds Green Jade Oolong

This spring crop is greener and less oxidized than the Winter crop of this Four Season oolong. It has a really spicy and sweet taste and will be a great morning tea. Small leaves tightly rolled deep green color are this tea’s distinguishing traits. Remarks:“If you are looking for a spicy fresh tasting Formosa tea, I recommend this one – great hot or iced. Usually about $12.00 2oz. “

2006 Winter Buds Green Jade Oolong

The cooler weather yields a sweet and balanced brew that leaves its lasting, lightly roasted taste. CCOA certified organic.

Flowery Golden Buds Oolong

Taiwan is known for producing some of the most flavorful and flowery wu-long teas. The high altitude and ocean air combine to create optimal growing conditions for oolong teas.

Formosa Golden Buds Oolong

This favorite is the sister of the “Jade Green”. The Golden Buds have a more full-bodied oolong taste with a hint of spice.

Formosa Green Jade Oolong

If you like a naturally smooth and sweet taste (along with a fresh aftertaste) consider this tea. This is a classic green oolong with mild oxidation and a lot of sweetness. A very good tea made from single leaves and tightly rolled. Typically inexpensive and a good value.

Golden Amber Oolong

These leaves are fine and well processed to a perfect rich aroma. Not as flowery as the greener oolongs, this tea leaves a satisfying aftertaste.

Oriental Beauty Oolong

This is a unique wu long grown on Er Mei Mountain, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan at about 2500 feet. It is a special production tea which is quite limited. This white-haired tea is 60% oxidized which delivers its honey-like flavour. Queen Elizabeth II called this tea an ‘Oriental Beauty’ when she first tasted it.

Wu Long Tea – contains natural anti-aging ingredients

Polyphenol – Natural Antioxidant in Wu-Long Tea

Some of the most notorious signs of aging such as dark spots on the skin, wrinkled skin, rough skin and memory loss have been reported to diminish with regular consumption of wu long tea.

Wu Long tea is rich in biological compounds called ‘polyphenols’, which make up much the tea’s weight composition. These compounds are powerful antioxidants, which have been reported to reverse the effects caused by environmental elements as well as internal elements of aging to the body. It truly has natural anti-aging properties.

The primary polyphenol found in Wu-Long tea is called ‘Catechin’ which makes up about 30%-40% of the teas weight composition.

Catechins act as a defense by destroying free radicals (damaging forms of oxygen) in our bodies. These free radicals are responsible for cell damage that cause many ailments and also the visible signs of aging.

Wu-Long tea with Polyphenol – Destroys Free Radicals

These free radicals are caused by many things in our environment such as pollution, cigarette smoke, eating processed food and taking prescription drugs. Even exposure to sunlight generates free radicals that age the skin, causing roughness and wrinkles. They’re everywhere and their damage is unavoidable!

One of the most abundant Polyphenols in Wu-Long tea, called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) is about 25-100 times stronger than vitamins C or E. EGCG is reported to destroy free radicals in the body thus naturally defending and reversing the visible signs of aging.

Two other powerful antioxidants unique to wu long tea are theaflavin and the arubigin. These occur in wu long tea as a result of the unique oxidization process performed specifically on loose leaf wu long tea.

One cup of Wu-Long tea has about 10-40 mg of polyphenol which is more than a serving of broccoli or spinach, which are considered high in antioxidant.

Wu Long tea -A Great way to start feeling better

There are several delicious varieties of wu long tea. The health benefits that come with drinking wu long tea which ‘defend against the visible signs of aging’ are about the same with all types and varieties of wu long teas. Experiment! Typically 2 oz. of loose tea will yield 28-30 cups as a rule.

Weight Loss with Wu Long Tea

Natural Calorie Burner

Are you looking for a natural, healthy drug-free way to slim down and lose weight? Adding Wu-Long Tea to your diet may help! Asians have been enjoying the health benefits for a long time, especially the slimming effect that drinking Wu-long tea seems to have with repeated regular consumption.

“When I hear somebody sigh that “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'”
– Sydney Harris

A substance called “Polyphenol” in Wu-Long tea is known to effectively control obesity. Specifically speaking, it activates the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglyceride. It has been confirmed that the continuous intake of oolong tea contributes to enhancing the function of fat metabolism and controlling obesity.

If you are curious about Wu Long and have never purchased it before, you may want to visit this link – Nobel Beauty Tea This particular Wu-Long tea is an excellent introduction into wu long (oolong teas) with its Licorice and Sweet Osmanthus (Orange Blossom) overtones. It is a nice digestive tea and is a good choice for tea weight management. A 2 OZ. a sample will yield about 28 cups for around $10.00.

So…does it really works? Here are some studies:

2003 Study – Journal of Medical Investigation

A study published in 2003 in the Journal of Medical Investigation by entitled “Oolong Tea Increases Energy Metabolism in Japanese Females” which studied the effects of Wu-Long tea drinking on women showed a high correlation of weight loss and wu-long tea consumption.

The actual study group was 120 Japanese women who drank wu-long tea for 6-weeks as opposed to traditional green tea, typically after a meal.

What the study found was that the women who consumed the wu-long tea directly after the meal increased energy expenditure by 10 %. The energy expenditure of women who consumed the traditional green tea was only 4% and those who drank water was 0.

2001 Study – The Journal of Nutrition

Here is some more evidence supporting the calorie burning effects of Wu-Long tea…

This is an excerpt from – The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 131, 2001…

“It is clear that consumption of oolong tea stimulates both energy expenditure [thereby burning calories] and fat oxidation [also helpful] in normal-weight men. This raises the possibility that tea consumption could have some beneficial effect on the individual’s ability to maintain a lower body fat content. However, any beneficial effect would only be realized if the effect was sustained on [substantial] consumption of tea and the individual did not compensate with greater food intake in response to tea consumption. Emphasis added.”

In: The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 131, 2001. [Note: In 2003 we reported on the effects of green tea on weight.] By:Tsui, Kasai, Kondo, et al., Div. of Health Care Science Res., Nisshin Oil Mills, Kanagawa 239-0832, Japan, Kagawa Nutrition U., Saitama 350-0288, & Inst. of Environmental Science for Human Life, Ochanomizu U., Tokyo 112-8610.

How Much Weight Can I Lose Drinking Wu-Long Tea?

It has been reported that consistent consumption can trim of 10 – 15 pounds off your regular body weight, simply by drinking 3-4 cups a day. How much weight you lose is dependent on many factors mainly your overall food intake, types of foods you eat, exercise, etc.. but it seems clear that including Wu-Long tea into a diet plan can only expedite your weight loss results. Some are claiming it a Miracle weight loss drink!.

This is anecdotal at best as there is no FDA approval for tea as a medically prescribed weight loss aid.

Nonetheless, studies have shown that there is a high correlation between wu-long tea consumption and increased metabolism and calorie burning. It has been part of the Chinese culture as a healing supplement for centuries, which is strong enough evidence supporting the use of Wu-Long Tea.

Adverse effects of Wu-Long Tea

Wu-Long Tea – Caffeine

All Teas naturally contain “caffeine” so if caffiene intake is an issue you may want to know how drinking Wu-long tea can effect you regarding caffeine consumption.

Wu-Long tea typically has about half the caffeine content of the same amount of coffee.

The following is the approximate caffeine content of various beverages:

Beverage Milligrams of Caffeine
AVG per serving Per OZ.
Coffee 5 oz. cup 80 13.00
Cola (12 oz. can) 45 3.75
Black Tea 40 5.00
Wu-Long Tea 30 3.75
Green Tea 20 2.5
White Tea 15 2.00
Decaf Tea 2 .50
Herbal Tea 0 0.00

Summary – Tea and Adverse effects regarding Caffeine

During the past decade, extensive research on caffeine in relation to cardiovascular disease, fibrocystic breast disease, reproductive function, behavior in children, birth defects, and cancer has identified no significant health hazard from normal caffeine consumption.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has conducted research and reviewed the extensive scientific literature on caffeine. In a Federal Register notice published in May 1987, the FDA stated that the agency had reviewed ” studies on teratology, reproduction behavior, carcinogenicity, and cardiovascular disease…but found no evidence to show that the use of caffeine in carbonated beverages would render theses beverages injurious to health.” The American Medical Association has examined the research on caffeine and came to a similarly confident position on its safety. A 1984 report from AMA Council on Scientific Affairs stated, ” Moderate tea or coffee drinkers probably need to have no concern for their health relative to their caffeine consumption provided other lifestyle habits (diet, alcohol consumption) are moderate, as well.”
 (Ref.: International Food Information Council)

Other Health Concerns Regarding Tea Consumption

If you have Hyperthyroidism – Graves Disease – consult your physician before consuming any food or drink that may aggrevate this condition. This includes all teas .

In general, people should consult their physician prior to consuming tea if they suffer from these conditions:

  • stomach ulcers
  • heart problems
  • hyperthyroidism
  • psychological disorders

Pregnant women should also avoid tea and/or consult their physician prior to consuming tea or tea products

Green tea should also be avoided if one is taking any of the following medications:

  • anti-biotics
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Beta blockers
  • blood thinning medicines
  • chemotherapy
  • oral contraceptives
  • lithium

Tea and Thyroid Conditions

We cannot provide specific medical advice regarding your specific condition as it relates to tea or any tea related product as we are not physicians however we can recommend some online sources that deal specifically with thyroid conditions: related to tea consumption:

Benefits of Wu-Long Tea

Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. For centuries people have been enjoying the taste and health benefits (knowingly or unknowingly) of wu-long and other teas, maybe you have too!

Majority rules! the health benefits simply cannot be ignored. Due to its overwhelming popularity, serious research has been conducted in the last 30 years regarding the many health claims of wu-long tea, mainly as a weight loss aid and antioxidant. Many links to technical abstracts supporting health claims have been included so if enjoy reading” technical or medical” journals you can find many in this website.

Wu-Long Tea Burns Calories

If your looking for a way to shed some pounds drinking Wu-Long tea may be just what your looking for!

Here is one study that validates the powerful calorie burning effect of Wu-Long tea…

Based on a study in Japan, the metabolism of Japaneese women that consumed Wu-Long tea increased twice as much as those that drank the traditional green tea. That is.. twice as many calories were burned by the Wu-Long tea drinkers.

Wu-Long Tea Blocks Fattening Carbs

Researchers in Japan discovered that drinking Wu-long tea before consuming carbs (15 minutes before) reduces the effect of the insulin boost usually associated when carbs are eaten. This means the carbs that are usually stored and converted to fat are blocked. You can eat cake, pasta, bread etc without gaining the weight associated with carb intake.

Wu-Long Tea Promotes Great Skin

In a new study published in the academic journal Archives of Dermatology, researchers from Japan’s Shiga University of Medical Science found that drinking Wu-Long daily had a dramatic skin clearing effect, within about 4 weeks of regular consumption.

Wu-Long Tea Reverses Signs of Aging

As we age the effect of stress, pollution, processed food additives etc.. take its toll on your body by creating free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for producing many of the visible signs associated with aging such as dark spots and wrinkling of the skin. Drinking Wu long has been proven to reduce and destroy 1/2 the amount of free radicals in the body thus may help reduce the visible signs associated with aging.

Wu-long Tea Promotes Strong, Healthy Teeth

A study from the Dept of Dentistry at Japan’s Osaka University concluded that routine and regular consumption of Wu-Long tea reduced the effect of plaque deposit thus preventing tooth decay. This is due to the anti-bacterial effect against oral streptococci.

Strengthens Your Immune System

Drinking Wu-Long tea can bolster the immune system as suggested by recent studies, probably due to the strong antioxidant properties inherent in all teas.

What Is Wu-Long Tea ?

All tea comes from the same species of plant Camellia Sinensis. It is in the fermentation process that produces the many wonderfully different tasting and fragrant teas.

” Wu-long tea has gained much popularity lately because of the many health benefits…”

Wu-Long ( ..or oolong, wulong… don’t get hung up on the two names they are EXACTLY the same tea!) is a partially fermented tea which is processed between the black and green tea families. The tea leaves are dried in sunlight and allowed to partially oxidize (20-80%) until leaf edges reddens. This gives oolong a a bit more body than Green tea but slightly less body than Black tea.

Wu-Long is grown in China, specifically, in the southern regions of China like Taiwan, Guangdong and Fujian. One of the most famous tea regions in Fujian is Anxi.

Demand for Wu-long tea has skyrocketed since 2003 when many of these studies were made public. People from all around the world who had never been aware of these amazing health benefits have been enjoying this refreshing and fragrant tea.

Wu-long tea possesses the best qualities of both black and green teas. It has the refreshing qualities of green teas while also has the fragrance of black teas. People are discovering that besides increasing your body energy, promoting metabolism and controlling obesity, Wu-long tea is tasty and never ceases to lose its appeal no matter how often you drink it.

Tea Tasting 101 – What Does Wu Long Taste Like?

Wu long (oolong) teas have been described as “flowery”, “smooth”, “spicy”, “sweet and creamy”, “subtle orchid tastes”, “full tasting with a mellow aftertaste”…

Hmmm…makes you want to try some Wu long tea yourself! These terms are a good guideline for judging wu long (oolong)tea tastes; you’ll see these terms a lot if you experiment with different tea varieties.

I’m sure once you’ve tasted Wu long (oolong) tea brewed correctly, you might find these terms very fitting .

“…With all the talk about the health benefits of tea drinking we can easily forget about one of the best reasons to we drink tea – the complex and amazing taste!”

Remember, tea processing is an art not a science, which is why the taste and the subtle nuance in flavor and aroma in each batch varies ever so slightly.

Why is this? Wu long teas vary in taste mainly because of the firing process.

The longer fired Wu long teas are considerd more “bakey”. Short fired are more “peachlike” or “fruity”.

Over-firing tends to create an undesirable tasting tea; a baked taste, destroying the complex mellow beauty of a good oolong tea

Not to be confused with “High-fired” which is similar to “over fired” or “dried”, but not bakey or burned. An indication of good flavor.

For a good example of a fantastic tasting – high fired Taiwanese Wu Long, my first impression was that it had “bakey notes”, but not a burnt flavor. It’s since become one of my favorites, always complex and full bodied.

One thing to remember is that these taste terms describe the flavor range and are not absolutely good or bad. For example “bakey” is usually a negative term meaning burnt because of over firing during processing. However a slightly baked taste from just the right amount of firing is extremely pleasant to the taste!

This is where choosing an experienced tea vendor online with knowledge and plenty of experience is critical! One of the best online tea vendors Generation Tea.

They know how critical it is to evaluate teas on a batch by batch basis. They do a great job! They have always delivered the highest quality wu long teas.

What Influences Tea Taste

Tea taste is influenced by many factors: The time of year it’s picked, which leaves are picked, the processing, the actual growing region, and the knwledge of the vendor. These are all major influences in the final taste of whichever tea you enjoy whether Wu-long, green, Pu-erh etc…

The good news is there are such a wide variety of amazing tasting teas to be discovered that understanding what words are used to describe the taste is a big help in choosing a tea.

Let’s talk about descriptive terms related to all types of teas

Remember, this is subjective and varies from person to person!

Here are some basic tea taste concepts:

  • Aroma: The odor of the tea as it steams from your cup. The more complex the better, often called a “bouquet”.
  • Astringency: the polyphenols in tea (the healthy antioxidants) create a “puckery” sensation usually on the side of the tongue.
  • Body: The sensation of weight experienced in the mouth. Usually, thin, medium, full.
  • Full: Describes liquor possessing color, strength, substance and roundness, as opposed to empty.
  • Thick: Describes liquor having substance, but not necessarily strength.
  • Thin/weak: Describes tea liquor lacking thickness and strength.
  • Toasty – describes the liquor of the brewed tea. Usually this term is used when the tea is “over fired” during the manufacturing process. (Can be bad but not always).

Terms Descriptive of Poor Taste – All Teas

Bakey: Usually occurs when a tea is subjected to higher than normal temperatures during the baking process. Typically unpleasant to the taste.

Cheesy: An undesirable character suggestive of slightly rancid butter, generally attributed to insufficiently seasoned or inferior chest battens.

Common: Inferior teas with little or no distingushing character. Plain. Grocery store teas fall into this catagory. Better worse than plain!

Earthy: Can also be described as moldy, musty, dank etc… Typically occurs when teas are stored under poor conditions.

Empty: When the tea liquor lacks body and substance, this term is appropriate.

Woody: Tea taster’s term indicating an undesirable grassy characteristic.

Terms Descriptive of Good Taste – All Teas.

Biscuity: Tea taster’s expression, often used with Assam teas that have been fired well but not overly so. A not unpleasant character reminiscent of biscuits.

Black Currant: An extremely desirable characteristic occasionally noticeable in the liquors and infusions of fine darjeelings, akin to the aroma emitted by black currant bushes.

Cream(y): Round, smooth the precipitate which is apparent when the liquor of a good strong tea cools. It is a combination of catechin with caffeine. This remains a solution in the hot tea infusions. On cooling, this is thrown out of solution and so remains suspended but after long standing settles at the bottom. A bright cream indicates a good tea, whereas a dull or muddy cream is indicative of an inferior tea.

Full: Strong tea without bitterness and possessing good color,

Fruity Flavor nuance found in quality teas such as oolongs and Keemuns. Also describes fruit flavored teas.

Remember the above are subjective taste characteristics that are “agreed on” in the tea drinking community at large.

So ultimately, it’s a matter of degree of flavor elements, which mainly influences the taste of wu long or any tea for that matter. You be judge…and enjoy!

History of Wu Long Tea

Wu long (also Wu-long, or ooLong) is literally ‘black dragon’ tea, but they say the name originally had nothing to do with dragons; rather, it was named after its discoverer Wu Liang.

Wu Liang was out picking tea one day. After collecting a good load his eye was caught by a river deer. He stopped to slay the beast and when he got home he got distracted by the preparation of it, quite forgetting to dry out his precious tea.

By the time he remembered about it a day or so later, the tea had started to change colour – he was worried that it might have gone bad, but he didn’t want to let good tea go to waste so he finished preparing it anyway.

When he got through with firing the tea he made himself a cup and found that he had stumbled on a taste sensation! His surprising new tea was mellow and aromatic, unlike anything he had tasted before.

Once he made the tea for his neighbours they all want to know how to make it, and he was happy to share the technique; before long Wu-Liang’s tea was known throughout the province. Through Chinese Whispers it eventually came to be known as Wu-Long cha, or Black Dragon tea.