What is Green Tea?
Green Tea has been a feature in Asia since time immemorial and it is greatly respected for its medicinal properties, but what actually is Green tea?
All tea leaves, white, black or green are from the same tea plant the Camellia Sinensis. The difference between the teas comes from the drying process and where the plants are grown. Black strong teas are dried for longer than Green Tea hence why the leaves are green.
Green Teas are also grown in higher altitudes, in the mountain regions of East Asia. Some of the highest regarded Green Tea is grown in Japan. Matcha is produced from the ground up Green tea leaves. Matcha is well known for its energising properties and is widely used in smoothies and health drinks.
In 2019 Green Tea actually outsold Black Tea and is one of the fastest growing teas on the market. If projections prove correct then by 2027 it will outsell its black leafed counterpart.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
The are many health benefits, aside from fat burning, that Green Tea has to offer. It is said to lower your cholesterol and improve blood flow. It can aid in staving off serious health conditions such as, Type 2 Diabetes and Cardio-Vascular Disease. Not only that but studies have shown that can improve brain function and reduce stress.
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What makes it so special?
What is the magic that makes this possible, I hear you ask. Well, a good quality Green Tea leaves are naturally high in POLYPHENOLS, Polyphenols are micro-nutrients that are found in plants and are powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help free your body from toxins or free radicals as they are known. When you are clearing all these harmful elements from your body regularly it can help prevent against disease.
How does Green Tea Burn Fat?
Green tea has been shown to play a role in boosting your metabolism and that is how it burns fat from your body. It contains a compound called Catechin, which boosts the hormones in your body to help break down fat cells and get rid of them via your bloodstream. It also contains caffeine which can increase your energy and subsequently burning more fat.
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If you are wanting to lose weight safely, the best way forward is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and be consistent. By adding a daily cup of Green Tea to your diet you can assist with fat burning and optimise your efforts.
Best Green Teas to Try
Here are some top-quality Green Teas to sample
- Mariage Freres – Sweet Shanghai
- Tea Pigs Mao Feng Green Tea Bags
- Taylor’s Green Tea with Jasmine Tea Bags
- Rare Tea Company – Loose Green Tea
- Clipper Organic Fairtrade Green Tea