The valued effects obtained from Silver Needle tea come from the antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols which are embedded within the camellia sinensis plant.
Silver needle tea is one of the two major types of white teas, the other being white peony tea. Silver needle tea is considered to be among the most revered of Chinese teas. It is largely produced in Fujian province, in the Fuding and Zhenhe districts. Silver needle tea is harvested for only 2 to 3 days each spring. Due to this, only a limited supply of this white tea is available.
Silver needle tea is typically handpicked from the first unopened flower buds of camellia sinensis tea plant. These are immediately dried, and undergo very minimal processing. This allows silver needle tea to retain much of its antioxidant content and thus contributes to white tea’s reputation as the healthiest of all teas.
Silver needle tea is said to contain ten times the antioxidant power of vitamin E and high concentrations of polyphenols and catechins that may help fight the oxidative damages caused by free radicals. As such, silver needle tea has been used for medicinal purposes throughout the ages
Silver needle tea possesses delicate white hairs, and smooth texture. When brewed, they yield a light golden colored beverage with a soft fragrant aroma. The taste of silver needle can be described as mildly sweet with a floral touch. It contains caffeine and has pronounced and lingering flavor.
To properly brew silver needle tea, heat water to about 185 to 190 degrees F. Use 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of dried silver needle tea per 8 ounces of water. Let the mix stand for about two minutes.
Among some health benefits of Silver Needle tea are:
- Could help prevent the formation of tumors and cancer.
- Claimed to lower bad cholesterol levels and therefore aid in cardiovascular disease prevention.
- May improve immune system functions and thereby help fight illness caused by viruses and bacteria.
- Thought to assist in enhancing bone density.
- Believed helpful in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
- Linked to decreasing blood sugar levels and thus alleviating symptoms associated with diabetes.
- Often used to assist in promoting healthy skin.