Green Tea Leaves

The most popular tea variety in the world is green tea. There are tea blends, like Earl Grey, that are very popular also but the highest selling non blend is green tea. Tea is sold two ways; in a bag which are lower quality teas and in leaves which are generally higher quality teas. Mixtures of different teas or teas with additives like herb, fruits or flowers are blends or herbal teas. The simple reason for this is the great many health benefits of green tea. Green tea has been used for at least 4,000 years and there is some archeological evidence that green tea leaves have been brewed in China for more than 50,000 years. The Chinese have used green tea as a medicine for at least three millennia.

The health benefits of green tea leaves are well known. Clinical studies in both the West and all through Asia have shown conclusively that green tea leaves can reduce the risk of cancer by up to 60% with some cancers and inhibits the growth of cancers already present. Green tea leaves has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and improving HDL cholesterol.

Green tea has also been shown to help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and help alleviate already present symptoms. When prepared in different ways it can be shown to help reduce stress and have a calming influence. If green tea is mixed with various herbs and spices, not only will the taste become brand new but the health benefits will be multiplied.

When you are buying green leaf tea you should be aware of the several different types. You can also blend green leaf tea with most other teas and change both the tastes and the medicinal properties of your green leaf tea.

Green leaf tea can be found almost anywhere tea and coffee is sold. Your local grocery stores will all of the more common varieties but if you are looking for something more exotic or special blends of green tea you will have to find a specialty tea store, if you are in a larger metropolitan area or, if you live in a small town, go online and shop at one of many of the tea distributers or specialty stores available on the Web.