Introducing Pique Fasting Tea

I’m excited to share some developments from a project that’s been on my mind for about 5 years, since Megan Ramos and I started the Intensive Dietary Management program to help people lose weight and reverse type 2 diabetes by focusing on dietary methods rather than medications. One of the innovative features of the IDM program was the addition of intermittent and extended fasting as a therapeutic option for weight loss, and with that key factor, success rates improved dramatically.

At the time, no decent reference books on fasting and very little good information was available anywhere even on the Internet, which has information on everything. With nothing available, I had to write ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting‘ to provide a trustworthy, reliable source of credible information. The same problem exists for fasting aids. There is simply nothing available for people who have trouble dealing with hunger pangs and other issues while fasting. If nothing was available, then I would need to create it from scratch. Sure, some people take to fasting like a duck to water, but others have issues, and there is nothing designed specifically to help them. Until now. I’m thrilled to be able to offer a new line of Fasting Tea in collaboration with Pique Tea.

I’ve always encouraged drinking green and black tea during the fasting period for a number of reasons. Successful weight loss depends NOT on counting calories, but upon controlling the body’s hunger mechanisms and energy expenditure. As weight loss progresses, hunger increases and basal metabolic rate decreases. This compensation may lead to weight regain.  Many clinical studies support the weight loss benefits of green tea. The compounds responsible for the benefits are thought to be the green tea catechins (GTC), of which EGCG is the main one.

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activates the so called ‘fight or flight’ response. When confronted with a lion, for example, the SNS is stimulated, and the body prepares for upcoming action – to either fight, or run really fast. Hormones such as noradrenalin increase awareness, arousal and increase availability of energy (glucose). SNS activation plays a big role in overall energy expenditure and lipolysis (burning of fat for energy). In 1975, researchers found that green tea catechins (GTC) blocks COMT, the enzyme that degrades noradrenalin and thus GTC could increase noradrenalin levels and increase energy expenditure. Caffeine operated by blocking phosphodiesterase and increases cyclic AMP which had the same effect of increasing noradrenalin. Since green tea contains both GTC + caffeine, this could work together to increase the calorie expenditure by up to 4%, a rather significant amount of energy if sustained daily.

Increased breath hydrogen indicates intestinal glucose malabsorption

Activation of the SNS increases lipolysis as the body pushes stored energy (glucose and body fat) into a readily usable form (blood glucose) to prepare for the upcoming fight or flight. Certain areas of body fat, the abdominal areas are more sensitive to the fat burning effects than others. For example, one study in type 2 diabetes showed that green tea could reduce waist size even though body weight was unchanged, indicating a decrease in the dangerous visceral fat.

The other big problem of long term weight loss is that hunger increases over time, and thus controlling hunger is a hugely important factor in long term success. Studies suggest that high dose GTC lowers ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and thus can suppress hunger pangs. Further, GTC interferes with normal nutrient absorption by inhibiting the enzymes (amylase and glucosidase) needed for proper glucose absorption. In diseases of excess nutrition, anti-nutrients (like fiber) can be valuable tools. Taking GTC with food (meals) may lead to malabsorption of up to 25% of the glucose load. GTC blocks the enzymes needed for carbohydrate absorption, and some of it passes right through our bodies. In one study, participants were given a carbohydrate rich meal (rice) with a mixture of green tea, black tea and mulberry, and the amount of breath hydrogen measured. When carbohydrates are eaten, but not absorbed, they ferment in the intestinal system and produce hydrogren, which can then be measured. The tea mixture clearly blocked the body from absorbing all the available carbohydrate – exactly the effect we want for weight loss and type 2 diabetes.

So, the potential benefits of using tea as an aid to fasting is very promising. In medicine, every potential therapy must be evaluated according to the benefit/risk ratio. The benefits are relatively small, but the risks are almost non-existent. Tea has been used without major health issue for millennia. If there was going to be a problem, we, as humans would have known about it a long time ago. Thus, the benefit/risk ratio is very high for the use of tea. The two big problems of long term weight loss (hunger and decreased metabolic rate) are remedied to some degree by green tea, a completely natural substance. Awesome.

However, there were some problems with just telling people to drink green tea. The doses of green tea catechins (GTCs) studied is quite high often requiring upwards of 5-10 cups per day. In Asia, where people often drink this amount, it may be acceptable, but elsewhere 3 cups would be a more reasonable amount. Further, if you are drinking 10 cups of tea per day, then you would need to be concerned about the purity of the product (pesticides and mold) that may be on the tea leaves.

Since no line of fasting tea on the market was acceptable, I realized that I would need to create an entirely new category to help people with their weight loss and fasting. So I worked the cutting edge folks at Pique Tea (from California – where else?) on a potential solution. Pique Tea is not your usual blend of tea leaves and offers a unique solution to the two problems of GTC dose and purity.

First, the single plantation, high-altitude green tea is grown in a family owned tea garden in the Zhejiang province of China. Instead of merely packing the tea leaves into teabags for traditional steeping, the tea undergoes a cold brew process for up to 6 hours.

The more familiar cold brew process in coffee allows for better tasting coffee for several reasons. Coffee contains many aromatic chemicals that are water soluble. Hot water brewing extracts these solubles quickly and releases them into the air, which is why there is such a nice smell in the room. However, the high temperature can cause oxidation (the same process as rusting) and degradation of these compounds, giving coffee a more sour and acidic note. Brewing in colder temperatures is slower, so extraction of these compounds takes hours or even days.

Using this same idea, cold brew tea is able to extract more fully the delicate polyphenols and catechins that are thought to be responsible for much of the metabolic benefits of green tea. This patented Cold Brew Crystallization process extracts up to 6 times the amount of GTCs from the green tea, compared to hot water brewing. You could drink 2-3 cups per day of Pique tea to obtain the equivalent amount of catechins used in studies (5-10 cups per day). Third party testing confirms the higher doses of fat-busting GTCs.

I believe the Pique approach is superior, because those studies used an industrial method of enriching green tea with catechins rather than this ‘whole foods’ method of cold brewing tea that preserves all the natural elements in its natural balance. The cold brewed tea is then dehydrated and crystallized so that it is available in a convenient form that can be dissolved in hot or cold water. You can take this small packet anywhere and brew a full bodied cup of tea. Pique Tea is essentially dried crystals of concentrated tea with none of the industrial processing used in catechin enrichment of green tea extracts used in studies.

Regarding purity, all Pique tea is organically grown and triple checked for purity.  There are three levels of pesticide screening – at the time of purchase of tea leaves, at the time of delivery and the final product. In addition, Pique performs in house testing of heavy metal, bacteria, and mold toxin to ensure the highest purity on the market. This combination of purity and flavour allowed Pique to capture 3 gold medals (out of 3 categories entered) in the 2018 global tea championships, that is judged purely on flavour.

With all these advantages, Pique tea is a great solution to the ‘fasting aid’ problem. This is an organic, whole foods, Keto-friendly tea that contains high levels of the GTCs. But we can do better. The new fasting line of teas contains two additional elements to help. We blended the pure green tea with organic matcha – the ground up leaves of green tea. This energizing blend gives the tea a slightly heavier body that further helps suppress the appetite during fasting. The other blend is designed to be a calming mix of citrus and ginger – essences designed specifically to deal with hunger pangs and stomach gurgling.

The two Fasting Teas will be available shortly and you can find more information here. I understand fully that fasting is not always easy, and I’m hoping that this Fasting Tea will be the difference that allows people to harness the healing power of our own bodies. This new fasting tea can help reduce hunger pangs and increase energy expenditure. In almost every other pursuit in life (like golf) there are aids. Finally, we have something to help people with fasting. If people are better able to deal with hunger, then they can allow their own bodies to ‘eat’ their own body fat – the precise reason why it is there in the first place.

Full disclosure – I do consulting with the Pique Tea company to create the Fasting Tea line, and am compensated for it.

2018-05-10T15:23:06+00:00104 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Fung is a Toronto based kidney specialist, having graduated from the University of Toronto and finishing his medical specialty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. He is the author of the bestsellers ‘The Obesity Code’ and ‘The Complete Guide to Fasting’. He has pioneered the use of therapeutic fasting for weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal in his IDM clinic.

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I am a coffee drinker ut the wife drinks tea. Always on the lookout for an advantage and having reviewed three of the linked articles I can find an associational reason for experimenting with this product ourselves as an n=1.

What I really do like is that the Dr. Fung does admit a profit motive as a potential for his recommendation. This type of disclosure is improtant.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

lifestyle.mark Dr. Fung did not say this was a *motivation* for him, you are assuming that. Please be careful about assuming such things. His motivation is to help people improve their health. The compensation is only fair for his time spent in helping develop this particular tea product.

Norma
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Norma

How much does the tea cost

BobM
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BobM

If you want to have hot tea, do you have to keep the temperature below boiling, as is the recommended brewing temperature (150-160F) for green tea? How much caffeine do these have?

Alyssa
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Hi Bob, yes we do not recommend boiling water. The ideal temperature is 170 degrees for green tea, 180 degrees for black tea. All measurable caffeine, l-theanine and antioxidant levels are displayed at the back of every flavor packaging.

JohnM
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JohnM
Hans
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Hans

I’ve heard green tea and black coffee enhances autophagy, but does that mean consumption prior to fasting enhances autophagy or can they be consumed during fasting without halting autophagy/fasted state? I was always unsure so I drink ground black coffee and green matcha tea only during my eating window and only drink water during fasting.

Tammy
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Tammy

When will Dr Fungs fasting tea be available?

Alyssa
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Dr. Jason Fung’s Fasting Teas will be launched in the summer. Please sign up to our email list here (https://goo.gl/kSJiYp) to be the absolute first to get updates as soon as they launch. You can also join our private Facebook group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/teaandbreathwork/) for access to the launch. We are just as excited as you are and can’t wait to get these amazing teas into everyone’s hands and help them crush their health goals!

Michael Stickland
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Michael Stickland

When will this be available?

Queen
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Queen

Click on the link where it mentions the tea. It will be released this summer – you can sign up for notification when the tea is released.

Ileana Forment
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Ileana Forment

I’m looking forward to trying this T out. One of the benefits of reading this article is that I found out something that I have experimented in my own Weight loss journey that I’m hungrier are now than when I 1st started. I have struggled to do 16:8 fasts when I have done up to 72 hours in the past. I’m looking forward to trying this T so that I can get back to the levels of fasting I had been doing before.
Thank you Dr Fung

Joann T
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Joann T

I can’t wait to buy this tea. It sounds amazing

Alicia Olmoz
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Alicia Olmoz

Please keep us posted on where to purchase this tea. Thank you for your passion re: the subject of weight reduction and insulin resistance. As a healthcare provider, I am saddened by the obesity epidemic and our general lack of knowledge on how to truly help people. I intend to follow your research closely.

Alyssa
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Hi Alicia, Dr. Jason Fung’s Fasting Teas will be launched in the summer. Please sign up to our email list here (https://goo.gl/kSJiYp) to be the absolute first to get updates as soon as they launch. You can also join our private Facebook group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/teaandbreathwork/) for access to the launch. Thanks!

Feroz
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Great job Dr Fung…. Lost almost 40kg now and looking.slimmer..thanks for your imspiring work….this tea will help people and thats what matters…

Chris McLaughlin
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Chris McLaughlin

Thank you for this new product, I am one who struggles with hunger pangs, I am excited to try it. I hope you put this product on Amazon.

Beth
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Beth

Looking forward to trying it!

Misty
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Misty

What about matcha? How many catechins does it have compared to loose leaf green tea?

Jeanne Trespicio
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Jeanne Trespicio

Can’t wait to try it

Larry Berg
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Larry Berg

Just used store locator and was pleasantly surprised that local Wegmans carries it so I will not have to order online. Map looked like quite a few stores make it available! Wegmas had details that said should brew with water at 175 degrees.

Robin earl
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Robin earl

FYI- pique is sold at wegmans. But it is little less expensive through Thrive Market, if you are a member.

BobM
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BobM

The tea by Dr. Fung cannot be ordered until the summer. That’s normal tea from the same company.

Robin
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Robin

Yes, that’s right.

MARG MURRAY
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I WOULD LIKE TO BUY THIS TES WHERE CAN I FIND IT THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE MARG AND KEN

Alyssa
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Hi Marg and Ken, Dr. Jason Fung’s Fasting Teas will be launched in the summer. Please sign up to our email list here (https://goo.gl/kSJiYp) to be the absolute first to get updates as soon as they launch. You can also join our private Facebook group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/teaandbreathwork/) for access to the launch. Excited for you to get the Tea Crystals!

MARG MURRAY
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yes

gerald rivet
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gerald rivet

Dr. Fung is legit!

Kathryn
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Kathryn

Would drinking these teas affect autophagy?

divingtech
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divingtech

Beyond psyched. Love tea and just really getting into fasting. Thanks Jason!

Abdulrazik Ibrahim
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Abdulrazik Ibrahim

Great job thank you dr jason fung. Iappreciate your effort to help us to gain our health.

Christine Burroughes
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Christine Burroughes

I am excited to try this tea and really hope that I shall be able to aquire some living here in Saudi Arabia. I also admire Dr Fungs open and honest comment about receiving compensation, this only serves to make me trust in the man and his science even more.

Joahna koning
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Joahna koning

Are these caffeinated teas? I am allergic to caffeine but would love to try these teas? If they are caffeinated will there be a decaf version?

Saba Imran Mall
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Saba Imran Mall

Where we can order this? Online?

Alyssa
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Hi Saba, thanks for writing in! Dr. Jason Fung’s Fasting Teas will be launched in the summer. Please sign up to our email list here (https://goo.gl/kSJiYp) to be the absolute first to get updates as soon as they launch. You can purchase Pique’s existing teas on the page but these are not the Fasting Teas. You can also join our private Facebook group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/teaandbreathwork/) for access to the launch. We are just as excited as you are and can’t wait to get these amazing teas into everyone’s hands and help them crush their health goals!

Rui Valente
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Rui Valente

I would like drink green tea, but when i do, my stomach is upset, and i have headache.
Any solution for these green tea side effects?

NJM
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NJM

I think it’s funny that Dr. Fung has repeatedly said in his books and lectures that there is no profit to be made by fasting, no supplements or special foods to be sold, and that’s why various industries won’t get behind it. And now here we are, he’s selling fasting “aides”. Sigh.

Francisco Arango
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Francisco Arango

I think your stretching the meaning of “no profit, and various industries won’t get behind”. Selling teas and is a lot less profitable then selling supplements, gym equipment, pre-made meals, gym memberships, packaged meals, etc. Also, he isn’t trying to say you can’t make money from this movement, he’s saying that’s why there’s not a ton of reattach,media, and products on the subject. He not saying no one should make money from it. He was making money from this at his clinic, were you rolling your eyes then? The only difference here is that its a physical product rather than… Read more »

Chris Valiante
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Chris Valiante

Even the greatest of artists get paid, dead or alive!

corrie
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corrie

Is the caffeine concentrated and higher in this form?

Gloria
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Gloria

When ordering the tea it added shipping. I thought shipping was free?

Roger Mahler
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Roger Mahler

How many LG’s of catechins (GTCs) are required to obtain the effect?

Chris Valiante
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Chris Valiante

My dentist had diabetes. She went under Dr. Fungs’ care on a 14 day fast and now no longer has it. Bravo Dr. Fung. Bravo

Paul
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I love the transparency and disclosure at the end, definitely breeds trust

Denise
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Denise

Please address the questions about caffeine content in the new teas. I avoid caffeine due to atrial fibrillation and need to know this information. Thanks very much!

Nadine
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Nadine

This sounds very interesting and I already drink regular, green tea regularly but I have to be careful about vitamin K because I take Warfarin. Do you know how much vitamin K there is in it per dose? Thank you. ^_^

Hilly
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Hilly

“When carbohydrates are eaten, but not absorbed, they ferment in the intestinal system and produce hydrogren”

I might be wrong but, I thought fermentation in the gut was a key problem in IBS.

CSue
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CSue

I’m hoping we’ll be able to buy individual flavors.

Thomas
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Thomas

Seeing as this is not technically “tea” per say, but is ground up tea, why not just take a green tea extract? Seems allot cheaper.

Jane Jrideh
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Jane Jrideh

Even with disclosure of your financial gain/interest in this I am very sad to see you using the blog to promote this. It was one of the things I totally admired about you. I feel by this you have sold out.
very sad.

Luis
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Luis

Dear Dr Fung, as a physician and a long term user of fasting with excellent results, I was also saddened by the abrupt appearance of a commercial. Suddenly I had a flashback of Dr Mercola and his many health products. I would assume that there are many producers of tea equal to the one you are promoting for a profit, by the way, now days we are encouraged ethically to provide full disclosure. Nevertheless, I greatly appreciate your contribution to science and to treatment.

Marsha
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I can’t believe how ungrateful some of you are for all that Dr. Fung has given! Why should you care if he makes a little money from this tea? If you were he, would any of you naysayers spend even one-tenth of the time it has taken to do the research for any formulation like this–and then make sure it’s done correctly, to his standards, for our benefit and health? It’s so easy to sit in your chairs, do nothing yourself, yet criticize those who do. No matter how much Dr. Fung might make on tea, it will never be… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

Ditto! NO ONE could have said it better!

Sammy
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Sammy

You are a beautiful soul. Many of us on here are so grateful to him, he’s changed our lives and saved them too. It takes balls of steel to go up against the Nutritional Authorities who are BS artists. People will always find negativity even in philanthropists. Oprah gets called A Fat Whore on youtube despite everything she has done for people, Ellen gets called A disgusting Lesbian despite everything she has given to others. People are idiots, they take advice, their lives change but they are still assholes. Others are jealous they never received something. Misery is caused in… Read more »

John Kellett
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John Kellett

It is a little unfortunate that the reference that Dr Fung chose to back up his statement that
” Many clinical studies support the weight loss benefits of green tea.” actually concluded that ” There are FEW studies, however, on the effects of catechins on body fat reductions.”
This paper was, however, published in 2005 and there have been several papers and systematic reviews subsequently. In general, these research papers do support the benefits of green tea and caffeine in particular, on fat reduction.
eg https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28627214

Bill O'Leary
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Bill O'Leary

Dr. Fung’s dietary advice has saved my life and probably hundreds, if not thousands of others lives. All for free on the internet and in his books and articles. He’s a true hero of our times and I hope he’s already a multimillionaire many times over. He and the other doctors on dietdoctor.com are up against big food and big pharma who are not interested in the greater population fasting and getting off prescription drugs because there’s no money in that! Agree some of us can fast really easily but others can have a terrible and painful time – at… Read more »

Ronald C.
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Ronald C.

I had had a Liver transplant. I have taken green tea extract. I believe it raised my Liver function tests. Any thoughts ?

jaz
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jaz

Green tea on an empty stomach has always given me nausea. It is not the caffeine as I have no problem with coffee, and it seems that some people do suffer this side effect from GT. Will this crystallized form of GT be less likely to cause nausea?

Janni
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Janni

Is it about the same as Matcha powder ?

Sherry
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Sherry

In the chart showing the effects of Green Tea – how does Race / Ethnicity, Habitual Caffeine Consumption and COMT Activity – play a role?

Leslie Marrion
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Leslie Marrion

What about the impact of such high levels of catechins on the liver?? I have read that liver counts can get very high as a result of high catechin consumption. I am wondering about balance – what would the dose/impact be of drinking this tea over months? How much wold you recommend when fasting 3-4 days per week (during the fast time) and on the other days when eating ketogenic? There is lots of literature about people consuming too much inadvertently by drinking strong, powdered green tea (some containing catechins) bought from various places advertised as supplements for losing weight.… Read more »

M Batt
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M Batt

Dr. Fung has GIVEN so much of himself, his time, compassion, logic, intelligence, and no doubt, his own money to support this passion of his to solve a problem that is killing people everywhere, so slowly that they don’t realize it. To be of the mindset that if someone is a giver, they must give EVERYTHING away or they are a fraud, is immature and selfish. He deserves, far more than most, to make a profit that is commiserate with his efforts, however, he does not ask for that. Anyone willing to pour their time into creating a product that… Read more »

Chintan
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Chintan

I fully agree and support your view. Guys, there was not a single product we could use during fasting – HE IS DOING IT FOR OUR BENEFIT. Dr Fung has done a lot for a cause which is bogged down by incorrect information. He has saved countless lives and given hope to everyone who fears this seemingly incurable disease. For this reason alone, i highly respect him and will follow his directions. I pray and wish him even more success, good health and good fortune. He has provided the foundation blocks for reversing this disease free of cost via his… Read more »

Kathryn
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Kathryn

Have to laugh. Read about this tea on another site and ordered their variety pack around Valentines Day. Will have to keep posted for these new blends. Very handy to take to work.

Lisa BBB
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Lisa BBB

How many of these does he recommend we drink per day? 5-10 cups like mentioned or is this a concentrated formula? Then since there’s caffeine I supposed we must drink it all until 2pm or so… I signed up for more info but looking for more on dosage right now. Thank you.

Fasting Fan!
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Fasting Fan!

I bought The Complete Guide to Fasting and read it cover to cover. I’m delighted it exists. I wish I had it when I started fasting four years ago!!!! As a long time low carber, I read about the benefits of fasting through Thomas Seyfried’s work on a low carb blog in 2014. I started with 2-3 days fasts and worked up to a 6 day fast. I found it so beneficial to my overall health that I continued fasting regularly for the next 2 years. I also found that 2-3 days of fasting could stop depressive feelings from developing… Read more »

Denise
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Denise

First, let me say that I am very grateful for the information provided here; it is truly a great service. But I have to wonder about this product. From this blog: “We marvel at how conceited we were to believe that we could make a better baby milk than Mother Nature. Yet, here we were, trying to come up with a healthier fat than fat.” So now – a better, healthier tea than natural tea? This seems strange coming from such a strong advocate for natural, unprocessed foods.

dpittsmd1985
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dpittsmd1985

Thanks Dr Fung! Just ordered some of the teas and am looking forward to having them help supplement my longer fasts!!