Shows the packaging for this product. Highlighted sections suggest it can help with "weight management" and detox, and that "for maximum effect" it should be taken for 2 weeks.


Claim made by: Holland & Barrett
Location: on their website
Spotted on: 2014-11-03

That Holland & Barrett Bootea 14 day Teatox can help with weight management and dextoxification, and that "for maximum effect" it should be taken for 2 weeks.

Update 2014-11-24

"Dear Mike,

Thank you for your enquiry relating to the Bootea Teatox product we sell. I am sorry for the late reply to your email.

The ‘Ask Us Anything’ campaign is an on-going store based promotion only (as stated in the terms and conditions). Questions posed directly by email, phone or by social media are exempt from this campaign specifically. However, the Nutritionists at head office are of course always more than happy to answer any questions customers may have at any time.

The Bootea Teatox product contains a blend of herbs which have been traditionally used to aid weight management and to promote regularity of bowel movements. Many of our customers have reported good results from the use of the types of active ingredients provided by products of this nature.

A main ingredient in the Bootea Daytime tea is oolong tea, a type of green tea derived from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Some evidence suggests that the combined effect of phytochemicals called catechins alongside naturally occurring caffeine provided by teas made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant may aid weight loss. Since green tea typically contains higher levels of catechins compared to black tea this type of tea has been the main focus for studies examining this issue. I have provided a link to a meta-analysis on this subject published in the International Journal of Obesity which I hope you find useful:-

Please do not hesitate to contact me again if you have any further questions.

Kind regards,

Alexander Thompson, BSc (Hons)


I wasn't sure about whether the study cited does indeed backup the claims so through Ask for Evidence i contacted Professor Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor, University of Exeter. he said as follows:

"This product contains Chinese Oolong tea, Maté leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemongrass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, and Nettle leaves at non-disclosed dosages. The cited meta-analysis is on green tea only and thus totally irrelevant. As far as I can see, there is no proof that this product generates weight loss. If that is so, the claims made for it are not backed up by evidence."


It's nonsense

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