Overcoming Tea Queasiness

Q I’ve been using both TurboBLAST II and Ascend ’n See intermittently, but I’m reluctant to continue, because they often make me nauseated. I have used FastBLAST without problems, so I’d like to know what you recommend.

MARLENE, Penn Valley, CA

A The problem is probably caused by your sensitivity to the green tea polyphenols that TurboBLAST II and Ascend ’n See (but not FastBLAST) contain. However, TurboBLAST II contains only 63 mg/serving, while Ascend ’n See contains 280 mg/serving, so there is a big difference. I am sensitive too, and drinking either of these formulations, as well as green tea itself, gives me the same feeling of nausea.

You might consider imbibing more slowly—sometimes that works for me. We have received feedback that taking a capsule of either 3-Way Calcium Complex or On Target Magnesium Plus can counteract the queasiness, possibly because they reduce the astringency resulting from the polyphenols in Ascend ’n See, or the astringency caused by the polyphenols, along with the acidity from the organic fruit acids citric, malic, and fumaric acids, in TurboBLAST II. I take calcium and magnesium supplements throughout the day, yet I still get nauseated from taking too much, too fast of these formulations. Most people are not bothered. I use BLAST or WOW and take my tea in capsule form.

Finally, ginger has traditionally been used in China for gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, but the effects have not been scientifically substantiated, as far as I know.

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