Alpine tea made from Rhododendron caucasium is enjoyed daily by residents of the Republic of Georgia, well known throughout history as some of the healthiest and leanest people in the world. Rhododendron caucasicum is high in polyphenolic antioxidants (40% polyphenols), which specifically inhibits the action of the lipase enzyme that interferes with fat metabolism. Unlike the standard pharmaceutical fat blockers like Orlistat (Xenical??) and other dietary formulas such as Chitosan, Rhododendron caucasium does not bind with fat or remove important fat soluble vitamins. In fact, Rhododenron caucasicum exerts a profound antioxidant effect in the body which many experts believe is several times more bioavailable than pine bark or grape seed extracts.