The secret to green tea is not its divine taste but in the beneficial properties it contains that help the body function and stay youthful and healthy. Green tea has been researched extensively and only positive results have come out of it. Among the numerous benefits that drinking green tea has, the most interesting for those of us who are trying to lose weight is its weight loss and body fat burning properties. Out of the four different types of tea; oolong, black, white and green, green tea is the least processed tea which comes from the Camellia sinensis bush. The unique thing with green tea is that it is steamed in order to lock in vital antioxidants it holds, before being dried and ready for consumption. If searching for quality, the highest you can get is produced in China and Japan. Chinese popular varieties of tea include; Dragon Well, Hui Ming, Long Ding, Hua Ding, Qing Ding and Gunpowder. The most popular Japanese types of green tea include; Sencha, Gyokurocha, Bancha and Mat’cha. Green tea is known to also come from popular places such as Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka. A recent, yet interesting discovery that has been made about green tea is its uncanny ability to help with weight loss. Much study has been made into this and the following results obtained that by drinking green tea the metabolism increases meaning more calories are burnt throughout the day. It also increases out body’s ability to burn fat, also known as fat oxidation. While some of the green tea’s effect comes from the caffeine it contains, green tea has much less caffeine than coffee, thus helping us understand that the effects of this super food do not come from the caffeine levels. As well as helping with weight loss green tea helps with a number of health problems, minimizing and cutting the risks of many harms. Among all those the most impressive ones are its ability to reduce the risk of cancer development, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower total cholesterol levels, improve the ratio of good and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease, treat impaired immune function and help prevent tooth decay. Correct storage of green tea is also of utter importance, in order to get the most benefits from your tea it is important to invest and reflect upon the quality of the tea. Proper storage and preparation helps with this. It is recommended that the tea is stored in an airtight tea tin, which can be found in the product list, in a cool and dark environment and away from aromatic foods as you do not want cross-contamination of flavours. Green tea is best kept for 6-8 months, when it is at its freshest, thus buying smaller quantities, more frequently are the best way to go. If drinking green tea is new to you, then the green tea range at Tea Blossoms is perfect, by which you can match the descriptions to what you are looking for. A good herbalist can also recommend a tea which is best suited to you and your lifestyle. For something slightly soft and more traditional opt for the Jasmine Green Tea, whereas if you’re feeling more experimental, perfectly blended Fairytale mix could be you’re match. Or a Japanese Sencha Tea is sure to excite your taste buds, whatever you choose we guarantee you will be hooked on its divine taste and quality and will never look at boring tea bags again.