The health benefits of white tea have been creating a buzz of late as many tea observers have claimed that it possesses more health benefits than the better-known green tea, the only other type of tea that does not undergo oxidation and fermentation.
That claim may indeed have some basis as white tea comes from the uncured, unprocessed and unfermented leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. White tea is fast-dried while green tea is roasted in a pan. The fast-drying process traps a great deal of antioxidants in the leaves of the white tea, thereby potentially making white tea the “supreme” health drink.
White Tea BenefitsWhite tea gets its designation from the fine, silvery white hairs found in the unopened buds of the camellia sinensis plant. White tea leaves have a striking appearance.
Largely produced in China and deeply revered during the Song Dynasty that flourished from the 900s to the 1200s, white tea possesses a light, delicate, slightly sweet flavor that sharpens the senses without overwhelming the tongue. White tea may have lower levels of caffeine than green tea.
Some of white tea health benefits are as follows:
- White Tea may help prevent heart ailments.
- White Tea can fight stroke by reducing the accumulation of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
- White Tea can lower blood pressure and improve the function of the arteries.
- White Tea may help fight cancer by attacking the free radicals that inflict damage in the cellular level.
- White Tea promotes strong bones.
- White Tea contains high amounts of anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents thereby promoting general well-being.
- White Tea promotes healthy teeth and gums.
- White Tea helps in protecting the skin from damage and may even reverse some of the damage wrought by free radicals.
- White Tea may reduce blood sugar and help alleviate the symptoms of diabetes.
White Tea facts, did you know that:
- Antioxidants in white tea help fight the damages wrought by free radicals which are viewed as the source of many of today’s debilitating diseases. It is the least oxidized among the different teas that come from the camellia sinensis plant. As such, white tea retains most of its original antioxidant content. White tea is very popularly drunk in many parts of China.
- White tea has very high mineral content. Minerals are the chemical elements that support certain structural and functional roles in the human body. Among the minerals abundant in tea are phosphorus, zinc, potassium, magnesium and manganese.
- Due to its exceptionally high antioxidant content, many say white tea ought to be considered a ‘superfood’ similar to green tea, which generally retains less of its original antioxidant content due to the oxidation process. ‘Superfood’ is the term used to describe foods with high antioxidant and phytonutrient content. Go here to find a list of ‘superfoods’.
- White tea is said to be useful in helping achieve weight loss. Substances in this beverage are said to help in controlling the production of sugar in the body, increasing the body’s metabolism ratio, and in burning excess fat.
- White tea has a considerable content of the L-Theanine Amino Acid. It is an amino acid uniquely found in tea leaves. L-Theanine is derived from the amino acid L-Glutamic Acid and is believed to impart relaxing properties on the drinkers. It also has antioxidant qualities.
- White tea may be a valuable ally in preventing diseases such as cancer due to the immune supporting functions of its antioxidants. Check out other teas that may help in the overall fight against cancer.