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The Risks of Slimming Tea Outweigh the Benefits

Updated on July 31, 2009

The Benefits of Slimming Tea

There are a few health benefits of slimming tea, although the same benefits are found in pure teas such as green tea, white tea, black tea, wulong tea and others. It has been scientifically proven that tea contains antioxidants that aid in good health,

Teas also contain polyphenols that aid in the fat burning process, stimulating weight loss. Both pure teas and slimming teas contain these positive properties.

The Risks of Slimming Tea

Slimming tea has risks not associated with pure teas.  In fact, according to most studies and most labeling of ingredients on the sides of slimming tea boxes, slimming tea is usually less than 25% tea.  The other 75% of the so-called slimming tea, while hyped as all natural, is usually a combination of natural herbs, including natural laxatives.

One of the most common laxatives included in slimming tea is senna.  While the senna content in slimming tea may be all natural, it is still a laxative.  For that reason many people refer to the product as laxative tea.  Therein lies the greatest risk.  Laxatives should never be used as a diet supplement. 

The risks of using laxative teas or slimming teas are so great that most packages correctly have warnings against their use by pregnant women.

As Seen Below, Even Pure Green Tea Can Have Side Effects

Side Effects of Slimming (Laxative) Tea

While it may seem that the person using the slimming tea product has lost a few pounds initially, it must be noted that the high laxative content acts as a diuretic, which can cause dehydration in a healthy person. Dehydration can lead to other side effects such as

  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Cramps

Among pregnant women it is possible for slimming laxative teas to cause miscarriage.

Additionally, the use of laxatives as a diet supplement may cause diarrhea initially. However, after prolonged use the human body can become dependent on the laxative. Without the laxative dosage the person will begin to suffer chronic constipation.

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, and Slimming Teas

Of particular concern are the possible effects on those persons who suffer from anorexia nervosa or bulimia.  Many people suffering from anorexia nervosa have been known to use laxatives as a diet tool, and to a lesser extent those suffering from bulimia.

Extended use of slimming laxative teas among these cohorts can cause death if there is no intervention.  Unfortunately, many people do not realize that the consequences of prolonged use of these diet products can be deadly, especially for those who suffer from eating disorders.



The benefits of tea --- antioxidants and polyphenols --- can be found in pure tea.  The ingredients that come under scrutiny most often are found in products hyped as "slimming teas" and possessing "slimming" properties that set them apart from regular teas.

It must be noted that the manufacturers and marketers of slimming tea products do not advertise their products as laxative teas.  Obviously, they know that the product would sound less appealing to the consumer. 

Slimming laxative teas possess the same benefits as pure teas, but pure teas do not possess the risks associated with laxative teas.  The risks far outweigh any benefits found in slimming tea beverages or slimming tea pills.


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      jazzy 3 years ago

      I love this tea I haven't gotten an issue with it I actually lost weight

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      Serendib Tea 3 years ago

      Your argument is quite valid and accurate in terms of unorthodox teas, which does not support with modern scientific research or time tested holistic approach like Ayurveda. Never should use tea based on advertising, fancy colors of the packing and high price but be vigilant on safety and quality of the product.

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      JeenaBlogs 5 years ago

      This is a really great post. Sometimes we are focused on losing weight as women, and not remembering that there can be consequences. Just to note, apart from miscarriages, certain teas can contribute to birth defects especially in the brain. Also although moms are often anxious to lose weight immediately after birth, teas are not recommended if you are breastfeeding. For more on breast milk, visit

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      Leen 5 years ago


      I tried the extra strength dieters tea, I was up all night with stomach cramps. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

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      Duh Wain 6 years ago

      I gave the slim zin a week of my life and it tore my innards up. The tea had a bland taste (I think it was stale). I left it on the counter and saw some small bugs climb out. No quality control?

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      Trey 6 years ago

      I just drank slimming tea yesterday(it's my mom's)read the box and everything,didn't know it was that serious,my stomach started hurting really bad and I almost stomach still hurts today!I wouldn't have taken it, thought it was just like any other tea

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      Brice 7 years ago

      I tried Slimz zen and ended up with cramps and skin issues. I tried to contact the company to return it but the line was disconnected.

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      Alibaba 7 years ago

      It's great to see a page dedicated to health and this subject. For any of you wishing to either start your own business as a distributor of healthy teas or those of you wishing to buy in bulk thus cutting out the middle man and saving on your purchases you can go to the following link:

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      After getting somewhat sick from the tea I ended up having it analyzed and the content report showed trace amounts of rat feces. I will only stick with reputable suppliers with known brands to provide me with any future products.

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      Jason Cannon 7 years ago

      My name is Jason Cannon and I own SlimZen Tea. The above negative comments are fraudulent and made by one person. This person has never been a customer of my company. My attorneys are in the process of contacting as well as Mrs. Jackson to have these comments removed. I assure you my product is all natural with zero side effects of any kind. If anyone actually had a problem with my company they would reveal their contact information. All my employees are paid on time and all commissions owed to them. If there is any doubt of this, I will be happy to put anyone I contact with several of my employees and customers. I can be contacted directly at

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      Health Watch 7 years ago from Tyler, TX

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      MrsRenaldo 7 years ago

      I trie to seel this slimzen and get my monies from zenpaid but they no give me my monies. Tea make myb friends sick at stomoch now they blame me for losting they work. People at slimzen no call me back to help me or give me my monies from tea I sells

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      Mireck Ofyutz 7 years ago

      This Tea make house smell like gypsy! Give diareah and bad cramps all time keep me awake too long not fit for goat!

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      cannonfodder 7 years ago

      I'm sufferi g bad headaches and a form of ED with a festering rash after using slim zen for a week. I'm notsure what is in it but I'm allergic to it. My friends said it made my trailer smell like "feet"

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      Paul Mason 7 years ago

      I tried slim zen tea also. It gave me chronic diarrhea but the worst was irregular heart rhythm my doctor said it could be dangerous

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      Maria 7 years ago

      I tried slimzen and it caused chronic stomach pain. At first, I thought I had just eaten some bad tamales but soon I figured out it was the tea. Although I have stopped drinking the tea, I am still having issues with my stomach. My medical bills are adding up and I can't get the people at Slimzen to return my calls. What a scam!!!

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      Amanda 7 years ago

      I use SlimZen too. I'm very pleased with the results.

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      Health Watch 7 years ago from Tyler, TX

      I use an all natural slimming tea. I just checked and it is 100% tea. It's basically super concentrated green tea that works great. I will only drink suppliments that are 100% natural. It's called SlimZen Tea.

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      JennaJackson 8 years ago

      I think the problem can be found on the labels. Originally, pure green tea and pure oolong tea was described as a slimming tea because of the fat burning qualities. Then, manufacturers decided to capitalize on the "slimming" and to be able to say that they produced the best "slimming" tea, they began to add senna and other "natural" laxatives.

      I drink both green tea and Oolong tea. But, I am careful to check the ingredients. I want pure tea.

      As we have seen from recent FDA reports, too many of the so-called weight loss products sell like hotcakes before it is decided that the side effects outweigh the benefits.

      Thanks for your comment, Michelle.

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      Michelle Long 8 years ago

      Hi Jenna...great opinion is some of the slimming tea doesn't safe to drink...many people claim that slimming tea is herbs like...actually not necessary...slimming tea differing in the quantity of slimming agent inside....however, thanks:)

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I use to drink slimming tea when I was younger, and at times it did cause some of the side effects that you mentioned. Now that I'm older I tend to be careful, and not take chances with things that give me the slightest discomfort. However I do drink green and regular tea. Very good hub!

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      JennaJackson 8 years ago

      healthfreaked, slimming teas should never the consumed by pregnant women. In most cases, women who consume these laxative teas do not realize that only 25% of the ingredients in these teas are really tea.

      Consequently, many women actually abuse the slimming teas without realizing it. While the more dire side effects are somewhat rare, over consumption can suddenly create severe stomach cramps and spasms, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. Imagine tossing your body into such spasms while pregnant!

      I do not want to be an alarmist, but we should all be aware that just because something is labelled "all natural" or herbal does not mean it is safe. Many toxins and poisons are found "naturally" in our environment. Awareness and knowledge is the key to safety and good health.

      Thank you for the comment.

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      healthfreaked 8 years ago can cause a miscarriage..never thought it could be that dangerous...

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      Stowju 8 years ago

      Hi Jenna, I see you are new, I am new too. I like your hub, but I thought tea was good for you. All those people tell us it is good. I don't think we can lose weight with it, but some people actually believe it. This actually not regular tea, it is a laxative and that is a whole different game.

      Keep up the good work.


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