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{"id":555788468297,"title":"Dr. Ming Tea Review: Why It Won't Help You Lose Weight","created_at":"2021-08-16T20:11:45-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Dr. Ming Tea Review: Why It Won't Help You Lose Weight\",\n \"keywords\": \"dr ming tea review, dr ming tea, dr ming tea reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD breaks down the ingredients in Dr. Ming's teas and explains why they're not going to help you lose weight. We also explain some of the deceptive marketing the company engages in.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/dr-ming-tea-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Ming Tea is a brand which claims their products cause weight loss. They state it’s the “Number 1 slimming tea in ​​the world.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t be​​lieve these claims and in this article we’ll do a research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-based review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethe ingredients in Dr. Ming Green Tea and Dr. Ming Pineapple Tea, and explain why we believe their health claims are misleading. We’ll also explain why we believe some of the medical language on Dr. Ming’s site is deceptive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDeceptive Medical Marketing\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/DrMingClinicalClaims.png?v=1629159498\" alt=\"Dr. Ming Tea clinical claims\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe homepage of Dr. Ming’s website features a section claiming “Clinically Proven Results” which include “eliminated excess weight” and “reduced appetite” amongst other benefits.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe term “clinical” has a pretty clear definition in the medical community of a research trial which is published in a scientific journal. When we link out to scientific studies in our research articles, we're linking to clinical trials published in medical journals. If you get five friends together and have them sample your product and claim it’s good, that’s not a clinical trial in any medically accepted sense.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t seen any published research on Dr. Ming products, and they don’t link to any on their website, so it seems as though they’re using this term deceptively to make it seem as though there is medical research backing their product, which there doesn’t appear to be.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir site even states that a “test group of 3\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e5 subjec\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ets” tried their products and that’s how they’re reporting the data. Again, telling a group of people to try your product and report back is very, very different from a controlled medical trial with a placebo.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find this marketing tactic to be a huge red flag and would recommend avoiding this brand for this reason alone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLack of Published Dosages\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is no published dosage or Nutrition Facts label anywhere on their website, which is another red flag. Consumers deserve dosage information for health products so they can determine if they’re receiving an effective dose, especially if specific medical claims are being made like increased weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTo simply not publish any dosage information for a product making such aggressive health claims is simply unacceptable. What if there is 1 mg of each active ingredient and the rest is rice flour? Without dosages, we can’t determine whether the product is likely to work.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDr. Ming Green Tea Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Ming’s Green Tea contains six ingredients: citrus sinesis, green tea, senna, peppermint, licorice root, and uva ursi.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitrus Sinesis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the botanical name for oranges. One specific type of blood orange called “Moro” has been studied in some preliminary research and shown positive effects for weight loss as we discussed in more detail in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/it-works-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt Works review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a weight loss product that’s a lot better formulated than Dr. Ming's tea.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBecause Dr. Ming uses the generic botanical family name, we can’t determine if this ingredient would be effective. Moro may help for weight loss but there’s no reason to believe a standard orange would. It’s a sign of poor formulation quality in our opinion when the ingredients aren’t listed in a specific and botanically accurate manner.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGreen Tea\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the second ingredient, and there \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23235664\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis some research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggesting that green tea may aid in weight loss. Because Dr. Ming doesn’t publish the dosage of green tea in their formulation it’s hard to assess whether it’s likely to be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSenna\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the third ingredient in the formulation, and we haven’t come across any research at all suggesting it’s effective for weight loss. It’s commonly used as an herbal laxative, so there may be a transient weight loss effect but that’s not fat loss. Taking laxatives may make you lose water weight short\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eterm but has no impact on long term fat loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePeppermint\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the fourth ingredient in Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, and again we can’t find any research studies even suggesting it’s effective for weight management. Even Dr. Ming’s website only states that peppermint “aids in digestion.” Well then what’s it doing in a weight loss formulation? This is just more evidence that whoever was formulating this product was incompetent.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eLicorice Root\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the fifth ingredient and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/14594116\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been associated\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e with reduction of body fat mass in medical research.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eUva Ursi\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the final ingredient in Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, and we haven’t come across any research suggesting it’s effective for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, only two of the six included ingredients seem to make sense for a weight loss product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMisleading Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Ming’s website claims their products are effective for a variety of health concerns such as appetite and weight, without any proof. Their site publishes no research that their products are effective, so there’s no reason to assume they are.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUnfortunately many companies make claims that their teas will be effective for weight loss without much evidence. Even \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/herbalife-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHerbalife\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e does it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe believe that a company making health claims should either have funded clinical trials proving those health claims, or link out to existing medical research showing their ingredients are likely to be effective. One company which does this is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/gorilla-mind-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eGorilla Mind\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which we thoroughly reviewed in the linked article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Their Pineapple Tea Better?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ve thus far reviewed Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, but they have another product called Pineapple Tea. Three of the Pineapple Tea ingredients (senna, licorice root, green tea) are the same ones in the previous formulation so we don’t need to review those again.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients unique to this formulation are: alfalfa leaf, rose hips, orange peel and pineapple.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAlfalfa leaf\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is typically taken for kidney and prostate issues, and no​​t primarily for weight loss. We haven’t seen any medical research proving it works as a weight loss aid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eRose hips\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are typically taken for blood pressure concerns (and are quite effective to that end), but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com\/articles\/10.1186\/s12986-016-0151-5\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ethere are medical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e showing rose hip supplementation can increase energy expenditure and increase fat loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOrange peel\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is generally used for skin benefit. We can’t find any medical studies showing it’s at all effective for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePineapple\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has been associated in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6170270\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eone rodent study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e with anti-obesity outcomes. This is a weak standard of evidence for inclusion in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we don’t believe Dr. Ming Pineapple Tea is likely to be more effective than Dr. Ming Green Tea for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDr. Ming is not a brand we would recommend, because they make misleading health claims and sell what we believe to be poorly\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e-formula\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eted products. The brand also has a “Clinical Research” section which we believe to be intentionally deceptive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a brand that doesn’t publish their ingredient dosage, or any medical research to prove why their ingredients should be effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA review of medical research tells us that many of the ingredients in Dr. Ming’s teas are unlikely to be effective for weight loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-13T12:00:02-05:00","updated_at":"2022-02-03T12:25:53-05:00","summary_html":"We review Dr. Ming tea produc\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003ets and explain why \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003ethey're unlikely \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003eto help wi\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003eth weigh\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003et loss. We also cover some of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003etheir misleading heal\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan\u003eth claims and produc\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003et research.\u003c\/span\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"dr-ming-tea-review","tags":"_related:tea, _related:weight-loss"}

Dr. Ming Tea Review: Why It Won't Help You Lose Weight

Dr. Ming Tea Review: Why It Won't Help You Lose Weight


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Dr. Ming Tea is a brand which claims their products cause weight loss. They state it’s the “Number 1 slimming tea in ​​the world.”

We don’t be​​lieve these claims and in this article we’ll do a research-based review of the ingredients in Dr. Ming Green Tea and Dr. Ming Pineapple Tea, and explain why we believe their health claims are misleading. We’ll also explain why we believe some of the medical language on Dr. Ming’s site is deceptive.

Deceptive Medical Marketing

Dr. Ming Tea clinical claims

The homepage of Dr. Ming’s website features a section claiming “Clinically Proven Results” which include “eliminated excess weight” and “reduced appetite” amongst other benefits.

The term “clinical” has a pretty clear definition in the medical community of a research trial which is published in a scientific journal. When we link out to scientific studies in our research articles, we're linking to clinical trials published in medical journals. If you get five friends together and have them sample your product and claim it’s good, that’s not a clinical trial in any medically accepted sense.

We haven’t seen any published research on Dr. Ming products, and they don’t link to any on their website, so it seems as though they’re using this term deceptively to make it seem as though there is medical research backing their product, which there doesn’t appear to be.

Their site even states that a “test group of 35 subjects” tried their products and that’s how they’re reporting the data. Again, telling a group of people to try your product and report back is very, very different from a controlled medical trial with a placebo.

We find this marketing tactic to be a huge red flag and would recommend avoiding this brand for this reason alone.

Lack of Published Dosages

There is no published dosage or Nutrition Facts label anywhere on their website, which is another red flag. Consumers deserve dosage information for health products so they can determine if they’re receiving an effective dose, especially if specific medical claims are being made like increased weight loss.

To simply not publish any dosage information for a product making such aggressive health claims is simply unacceptable. What if there is 1 mg of each active ingredient and the rest is rice flour? Without dosages, we can’t determine whether the product is likely to work.

Dr. Ming Green Tea Ingredient Review

Dr. Ming’s Green Tea contains six ingredients: citrus sinesis, green tea, senna, peppermint, licorice root, and uva ursi.

Citrus Sinesis is the botanical name for oranges. One specific type of blood orange called “Moro” has been studied in some preliminary research and shown positive effects for weight loss as we discussed in more detail in our It Works review, which is a weight loss product that’s a lot better formulated than Dr. Ming's tea.

Because Dr. Ming uses the generic botanical family name, we can’t determine if this ingredient would be effective. Moro may help for weight loss but there’s no reason to believe a standard orange would. It’s a sign of poor formulation quality in our opinion when the ingredients aren’t listed in a specific and botanically accurate manner.

Green Tea is the second ingredient, and there is some research suggesting that green tea may aid in weight loss. Because Dr. Ming doesn’t publish the dosage of green tea in their formulation it’s hard to assess whether it’s likely to be effective.

Senna is the third ingredient in the formulation, and we haven’t come across any research at all suggesting it’s effective for weight loss. It’s commonly used as an herbal laxative, so there may be a transient weight loss effect but that’s not fat loss. Taking laxatives may make you lose water weight short-term but has no impact on long term fat loss.

Peppermint is the fourth ingredient in Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, and again we can’t find any research studies even suggesting it’s effective for weight management. Even Dr. Ming’s website only states that peppermint “aids in digestion.” Well then what’s it doing in a weight loss formulation? This is just more evidence that whoever was formulating this product was incompetent.

Licorice Root is the fifth ingredient and has been associated with reduction of body fat mass in medical research.

Uva Ursi is the final ingredient in Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, and we haven’t come across any research suggesting it’s effective for weight loss.

Overall, only two of the six included ingredients seem to make sense for a weight loss product.

Misleading Health Claims

Dr. Ming’s website claims their products are effective for a variety of health concerns such as appetite and weight, without any proof. Their site publishes no research that their products are effective, so there’s no reason to assume they are.

Unfortunately many companies make claims that their teas will be effective for weight loss without much evidence. Even Herbalife does it.

We believe that a company making health claims should either have funded clinical trials proving those health claims, or link out to existing medical research showing their ingredients are likely to be effective. One company which does this is Gorilla Mind, which we thoroughly reviewed in the linked article.

Is Their Pineapple Tea Better?

We’ve thus far reviewed Dr. Ming’s Green Tea, but they have another product called Pineapple Tea. Three of the Pineapple Tea ingredients (senna, licorice root, green tea) are the same ones in the previous formulation so we don’t need to review those again.

The ingredients unique to this formulation are: alfalfa leaf, rose hips, orange peel and pineapple.

Alfalfa leaf is typically taken for kidney and prostate issues, and no​​t primarily for weight loss. We haven’t seen any medical research proving it works as a weight loss aid.

Rose hips are typically taken for blood pressure concerns (and are quite effective to that end), but there are medical studies showing rose hip supplementation can increase energy expenditure and increase fat loss.

Orange peel is generally used for skin benefit. We can’t find any medical studies showing it’s at all effective for weight loss.

Pineapple has been associated in one rodent study with anti-obesity outcomes. This is a weak standard of evidence for inclusion in our opinion.

Overall, we don’t believe Dr. Ming Pineapple Tea is likely to be more effective than Dr. Ming Green Tea for weight loss.

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Conclusion

Dr. Ming is not a brand we would recommend, because they make misleading health claims and sell what we believe to be poorly-formulated products. The brand also has a “Clinical Research” section which we believe to be intentionally deceptive.

This is a brand that doesn’t publish their ingredient dosage, or any medical research to prove why their ingredients should be effective.

A review of medical research tells us that many of the ingredients in Dr. Ming’s teas are unlikely to be effective for weight loss.





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