What are the Health Benefits of White Tea?

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White tea may have a subtle and delicate flavor, but don’t be fooled, the benefits of white tea are just as robust as other varieties.

What is White Tea?

White tea is made from immature tea leaves. These leaves are picked before the buds have had a chance to fully open. The buds are covered in a silver fuzz that turns white when the tea is dried, hence the name. White tea is the least processed of every type of true tea. That means that it’s the highest in levels of antioxidants and it retains the fullest amount of health benefits. This also results in a tea that has lower levels of caffeine. Altogether you get a tea that is less processed with a pale color and a sweet and silky flavor.

The natural sweetness makes white tea ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth, but still wants to go sugar free. It’s also the perfect tea for anyone who wants to cut back on their caffeine intake. The lighter flavor of white tea makes it a good option for those who don’t like green tea. White tea is completely free of the “grassy” aftertaste that many have complained is present in green tea. You’ll be able to get a lot of similar health benefits with an entirely different flavor.

White tea is generally considered an up-scale tea, and the prices that it goes for certainly reflect that. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it. If you love the taste and you’re looking for something extra healthy, then it certainly is.

White Tea Antioxidants
If you’re drawn to the allure of antioxidants, then white tea is for you. As mentioned before, white tea is the least processed tea so it’s holds most of its antioxidant properties. One of the types of antioxidants in white tea are polyphenols. These can help neutralize free radicals.

White Tea Health Benefits

Anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
White tea is even more powerful than green tea when it comes to defeating bacterial viruses. This leads to an overall more effective and healthy immune system. White tea will help protect the body from bacteria that may cause infections. Additionally, consuming white tea while suffering from the flu or a cold can provide great relief. White tea kills bacteria that causes plaque, tooth decay and bad breath. You’ll have great oral health.

Weight loss and management
White tea contains small amounts of caffeine but large amounts of antioxidants which can enhance weight loss by boosting metabolism. Some research has shown that white tea can prevent new fat cells from developing while also breaking down existing fat cells.

Minimal caffeine
White tea does have some caffeine, but the amount is very low when compared to most other similar beverages. and most especially when compared to coffee. White tea will give you the benefits of drinking a beverage with caffeine without the afternoon dip. No headaches, anxiety, or any of the other bad caffeine side effects.

Heart health
White tea does many good things for the heart. It can improve your circulatory system by thinning the blood, thus improving blood vessel function. Blood pressure levels can also be brought down to a healthy level. One study showed that two cups of white tea daily could reduce the chance of death from a heart attack by 50%.

Cancer prevention
A study showed that white tea is high in catechins. This antioxidant can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Drinking white tea regularly may in fact reduce the chance of many different forms of cancer. Additionally, according to the American Cancer Society, white tea may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrance in survivors.

Bones and teeth
As mentioned before, white tea is good for fantastic oral health. It’s high in flouride so it can strengthen your teeth and bones while also preventing cavities.

White Tea Benefits for Skin

Anti-aging 
White tea has antioxidants and anti-aging properties that can protect and reverse damage to skin. Over time enzymes breakdown the elastin and collagen in the skin, causing wrinkles. The results of a study showed that white tea could prevent these activities.White tea can also help skin build resistance to stress so that you’re left with skin that is firmer and more radiant and just plain healthier.

Applied topically
When using white tea on the skin in the form of substances like white tea extract, it can improve the skin cells immune function.

White Tea Benefits for Hair

As a beverage 
White tea is good for the hair in the same way that it is good for the skin. It may not completely reverse all damage, but it can certainly prevent future damage by getting rid of toxins in the body that cause lackluster hair. Adding tea into a healthy diet will improve your overall health and overall good health means better hair. In general, most tea will be very good for the hair and white tea makes the cut as well.

Applied Topically
When white tea is applied to the hair, it can act as a a protectant against UVA rays and other sun damage. White tea can also bring a shine to dull hair.

It’s obvious that white tea is a wonderful beverage that can enhance your life in many ways. Add a cup of white tea to your daily diet and reap the benefits and delicious flavors.