Du-Zhong tea, which can be found at most pharmacies in Japan, is a kind of green-tea which is made in Japan but originally came from China. Du-Zhong grows in the cold weather and so part of its appeal is that “while the other plans are dying, Du-Zhong tea grows so why not absorb its vitality into our bodies?”
The main components of this tea that speed up weight loss are catechins and Geniposhid acid. Catechins are a component of all green teas and promote fat metabolism and control the fat levels in the body. The Geniposhid acid enhances our blood vessels. I wasn’t exactly sure how enhancing my blood vessels was related to weight loss but I wasn’t going to argue with anyone about it.
Not only did Du-Zhong claim that I would lose weight, it also claimed that the tea would prevent aging, viruses, allergies, and even hangovers! This was exactly what I had been looking for all along, a miracle drink that would fix everything.
All that was needed was to drink 2L a day, the pharmacist explained to me. If I followed this one rule, I would be slim in two weeks.
So I started drinking Du-Zhong tea religiously, 2L each day. I counted my calories each day to make sure that they remained the same as before. Two weeks later, I was exactly the same size. Du-Zhong had done nothing for me.
So, I consulted a Japanese friend who was trying a different product, a carb-blocker pill which you dissolve into water and drink before every meal. She claimed the pill was all natural and was made from herbs.
“Are there any side effects?” I asked, suspicious.
“Just diarrhea,” she answered simply, shrugging her shoulders.
I decided in the end, it just wasn’t worth it.