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11/18/2007- Apart from water, Green Tea is a beverage that is more widely consumed than any other in the world today. In fact for centuries now this particular beverage has been part of both the dietary habits of Japanese and Chinese cultures. However in recent years more and more people have begun to see what health benefits they can gain from drinking it as well.

Today if you want there is not just green tea a person can choose to consume but there are many other varieties as well including Darjeeling etc. However many prefer to consume green tea simply because the taste is far more subtle and refreshing than others. But what you should also know is that the green teas produced in Japan and China are made in very different ways which results in their flavors being different as well. In Japan the tea leaves one they have been picked will be steam dried in order for them to retain their flavor and the essential properties that makes this particular beverage so healthy. Whilst in China they prefer to dry their tea leaves once picked in an oven.

Although there are many benefits to be gained from drinking green tea it is important to note that there are some disadvantages as well. The main disadvantage to drinking large quantities of green tea is that for some people it can cause problems with their sleeping patterns and they may end up suffering from insomnia due to the amounts of caffeine contained within it. However this is the only disadvantage to be had from drinking this particular beverage and as long as person does not drink too much of it then the benefits actually outweigh any disadvantages.

Many people drink green tea simply because it contains high levels of minerals and vitamins as well as being a great anti-oxidant agent. Whilst the thiamine found in this particular type of tea is that it seems to have a calming effect on the brain and would make a much better beverage to drink than coffee. This is because although it does contain caffeine the levels in green tea are not as high as those in coffee.

It is because it contains high concentrations of vitamins and minerals as well as polyphenols (chemical which has good anti oxidant properties) it has been found to be useful in helping people to lose weight. The reason why this tea is so effective in not only helping people to lose weight but has high anti oxidant and anti cancer properties is because it is unfermented.

In order to get the most out of your green tea it is best to buy the packs of the tea leaves rather than those that come in tea bags. Simply because by placing the leaves directly into the water you are allowing the tea a chance to release all the properties that are beneficial to your health and well being. Today however the biggest challenge a person will be faced with when it comes to drinking green tea is choosing which variety they wish to consume. As you will soon discover there is not just one type of green tea a person can use instead there are many.

When initially choosing to include green tea into your dietary requirements it is best to start with one such as Sencha from China. This is the most popular of all the green tea types and not only is it affordable but it has a taste that everybody can easily recognize.

However if you want something which may provide a little bit more robust flavor than the Sencha you should consider trying Myou-Kou which is produced in Japan. As well as having a much stronger flavor to it this particular tea from Japan actually produces a much thicker liquid once the leaves have been infused with water. But at the end of day which green tea you choose to drink will come down to the taste and look of the tea that you prefer. It therefore may be wise to try out several different types before making your final decision.

(If you are looking a much more healthy and refreshing drink you may want to try Green Tea instead. At our site find out about the health benefits of drinking other Speciality Teas that are popular)