5 weight loss teas that are better than green tea

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Sep 17, 2015 07:41 AM EDT

KYOTO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 25: Japanese green tea cup during the annual Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2014 in Kyoto, Japan. This annual event commemorates enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period, who died in the year 903. (Photo : Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

While green tea remains to be one of the most popular teas in the world, there are other kinds of tea that are more effective for weight loss.

1.) Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea and it comes from a flowering plant. Oolong contains catechins which can promote weight loss by helping the body use excess body fat. According to Yahoo, a study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that people who drank oolong tea regularly lost six pounds in over six weeks. Additionally, Oolong is a Chinese name that means "black dragon."

2.) Porangaba tea

This herbal tea is derived from a tree that grows in the Amazon forest. Porangaba tea contains appetite suppressant properties and helps improve blood circulation. In addition, it can also increase metabolism and raise energy levels so it can help you get through the entire day. According to Marie Claire, this is the tea that Brazilian hunks and babes drink by the beach of Rio. To drink this tea for weight loss, make a cup 30 minutes before a meal, three times daily.

3.) Dandelion tea

Dandelion tea is derived from yellow flowers that are known for its medicinal properties. According to Live Strong, the dandelion's roots and leaves which are used to make tea contain iron, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and D. Additionally, this tea may help with weight loss if drunk before meals because it can help reduce caloric intake as well as help break down fat and cholesterol in the stomach.

4.) Bilberry tea

Bilberries are in the same family as cranberries, huckleberries and blueberries. They are considered to be rarer but are equally as great in pies and jams.  When used in teas, bilberry is known to help improve vision, lower cholesterol and glucose levels, and reduce inflammation. According to bilberrytea.net, these berries can help aid the digestion and help relieve the digestive system. Bilberry tea is reportedly a milder remedy for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems for children.

5.) Rooibos tea

Rooibos is made from an African bush and is not actually a tea. The tea has a trademark red color and tastes fruity and nutty. According to Skinny with Fiber, rooibos is fat-burning because it contains catechins. It is also naturally sweet so those who like sugar in their tea don't need to add it in. Rooibos is also full of antioxidants, is caffeine-free, anti-inflammatory, and helps promote sleep. It is reportedly also good for the heart and protects and repairs the liver.

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