Paiyouji tea is marketed as a weight loss formula. Manufacturers claim the tea will suppress your appetite and help you lose weight by controlling your blood glucose levels. The tea’s ingredients include konjaku flour, malt, oligosaccharide, chitin, and vitamins C, E and B-2, advises Diet Spotlight. Before drinking this tea, you should consult a doctor. Also be aware that drinking Paiyouji tea can have side effects.
The konjaku flour in Paiyouji contains glucomannan, a fiber that can absorbs many times its weight in water, according to Diet Spotlight. A clinical study by D. E. Walsh et al. published in the International Journal of Obesity, does confirm that this substance can help people lose weight. However, side effects from glucomannan can include abdominal pain and flatulence, advises Dr. Ray Sahelian of Los Angeles, author of “Mind Boosters.” Using large amounts of this substance also can decrease levels of some drugs in your body, Sahelian advises.
The oligosaccharide in this tea also may lead to gastrointestinal side effects, according to Leena Niittynen, lead author in a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Food Nutrition. Oligosaccharides act as soluble fiber. Using products with oligosaccharide can increase production of gases in your colon. This substance also causes a laxative effect.
The chitin in this tea is a synonym for chitosan. Chitin is a polysaccharide that found in crustacean exoskeletons that is purported to absorb six to 10 times its weight in fat and oils, according to Jamie Fritch of Vanderbilt University. This results in a "grease ball" that your body cannot absorb, so it is excreted in the stool. Chitosan might absorb minerals that your body needs in addition to fats, which can lead to your body being deprived of nutrients that it needs, Fritch advises.
Vitamin C Effects
Vitamin C, which is included in Paiyouji tea, can cause some side effects including kidney stones, reports Drugs.com. Other possible side effects with vitamin C include migraines, dizziness and nausea, according to Drugs.com.
- Diet Spotlight: Paiyouji Review
- “International Journal of Obesity;” Effect of glucomannan on obese patients: a clinical study; D.E. Walsh et al.; 1984
- Ray Sahelian: Glucomannan
- Vanderbilt University: Chitosan
- Pubmed: “Scandinavian Journal of Food Nutrition;” Galacto-Oligosaccharides and Bowel Function; Leena Niittynen et al.; 2007