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Meet the supreme drink of health
We keep hearing about the well lauded health benefits of green tea tea but there is another kind of tea that has as many properties to offer -if not more- and deserves our attention. White tea, the rarest type of tea, comes from the youngest tea leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis bush and is the least processed of all teas since the tea leaves are simply steamed and then dried. It originated in China and was the preferred drink of the ancient Chinese royalty. White tea is known for its subtle, delicate and naturally sweet taste but is also a very healthy beverage with some believing that it is healthier than any other kind of tea. In this post, www.1001TeaFacts.com will teach you about white tea’s amazing benefits and why it may be the supreme drink of health.
- Antioxidant powerhouse
Due to its very minimal processing, white tea is rich in antioxidants which are present in much greater quantity than in more processed teas such as green or black teas. White tea is abundant in polyphenols and catechins. Up to 20% of the white tea leaf is made up of catechins. The most important antioxidant found in teas -but especially white tea- is EGCG, a potent catechin that fights harmful free radicals in the cells which can cause aging and other undesired ailments such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
- Youthful skin
Too much sun exposure, poor diet and stress can cause premature aging to skin. White tea’s potent antioxidants can helps scavenge these free radicals and reverse this skin damage. Sipping white tea will protect your skin and help it stay healthy, firmer and radiant. White tea can also be used topically to promote youthful skin and can be found in many beauty products.
- Cancer prevention
Just like green tea, white tea may be beneficial in preventing and fighting different types of cancer, such as lung cancer, stomach and colon cancer. According to research, the flavonoids in white tea inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. It is believe that white can can work as well as prescription drugs, but without the unpleasant side effects. Of course further research is required to confirm its anticancer properties.
- Anti-bacterial & anti-viral qualities
White tea also kills the bacteria that cause plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath. White tea can naturally kill bacteria, viruses and fungi that can attack our immune system and cause various diseases. The abundant antioxidants have the ability to tone and strengthen the immune system and protect you from the harmful pathogens. Consuming white tea regularly can help guard you against the flu and other common illnesses and even ease the symptoms of them.
- Weight loss
White tea contains antioxidants and caffeine that can boost your metabolism and help with weight loss. Additionally, research has shown that white tea can encourage breakdown of fat in existing fat cells, a process known as adipogenesis, and also inhibit the development of new fat cells. Drinking white tea on a regular basis will help you manage your weight successfully by curbing your appetite and burn energy faster. Of course it should combined with a heathy diet and exercise for more effective results.
- Cardiovascular health
The flavonoids of white tea have blood thinning effects, can help decrease blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. Therefore, drinking white tea can improve heart function and reduce risk of various cardiovascular disorders, such as stroke and heart attack. Also, studies have concluded that consumption of 2 cups of white tea daily can even reduce the risk of death after a heart attack.
- Bone & Oral health
White tea consumption is associated with stronger bones and teeth also. It contains fluoride -an active ingredient found in toothpaste too- that has strong antibacterial properties. The polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins and fluoride of white tea kill bacteria that cause plaque, tooth decay and bad breath contributing in healthier gums and teeth. In contrast to other types of tea or coffee, white tea does not stain teeth. Also, studies have shown that regular intake of white tea may improve bone density and strength and even benefit sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Stress reduction
White tea contains only a minimal amount of caffeine (about 1-2% of the amount found in coffee) so drinking it will increase alertness and energy without the negative side effects of higher caffeine intake. Also, another great compound of white tea is L-theanine, a powerful antioxidant that encourages relaxation is known for many health benefits – it is a powerful antioxidant that is known to encourage relaxation, improve concentration and relieve anxiety. The combination of L-Theanine with caffeine can help you stay alert and And L-theanine combined with caffeine (which white tea has) has been shown to significantly enhance alertness and even help with depression and relaxation.
Are you interested in experiencing white tea’s lingering fragrance and delicate, floral flavor? It is really worth taking a few minutes out of your busy day to enjoy this luxury which also has the added benefit of remarkable health effects.