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White tea. The new Green?
Posted on Jul 30, 2015
I’m hooked. On white tea that is! Most of us are aware of green tea’s status as a super healthy drink of the last decade, but how many of us have ever heard of, let alone tried, white tea?
White tea is the tea drunk by Chinese royalty and although both teas come from the same plant (camellia sinensis), white tea is much less processed than green tea which means it contains more of the healthy antioxidants and anti-ageing properties. In fact, some would go so far as to say that it is the “supreme drink of health”.
So why is white tea so good for us? Because it contains tannins, fluoride, and flavenoids such as catechins and polyphenols, in other words, nutrients, in higher levels than other teas, that protect the body against various diseases. Health benefits include reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disorder and improvement in oral health. White tea can help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and so reduce the risk of stroke. The fluoride rich white tea helps to prevent the growth of dental plaque which is the chief cause of tooth decay, and it can help the kill bacteria living in the mouth and so abolish bad breath. The antioxidants and anti-ageing properties help to maintain good health and keep skin looking younger for longer and protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV light. Extracts in white tea inhibit wrinkle production by stimulating elastin and collagen to help guard against fine lines and wrinkles.
Recent studies have shown that the anti-bacterial properties in white tea can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi in the body with more success than other teas. So drinking white tea can boost the immune system and help guard against the common cold, flu and pneumonia. Flavenoids, which are a class of antioxidant, found in white tea, also inhibit the growth of cancer cells and help protect against cancer.
And there’s more! Drinking white tea regularly may have beneficial effects for sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis as it can help to strengthen bones. It may reduce blood sugar levels and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. And research has found that people who drink several cups of white tea a day are 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack.
White tea is truly a remarkable tonic for all sorts of ailments! If you’re feeling stressed and fatigued it can help you get up and going again.
Loose leaf white tea is best.
Drinking tea brewed from high quality loose leaves guarantees the presence of nutrients. Much better than tea bags which have undergone processing and so lose some of the precious benefits.
So which tea to buy? They are all good. It is all down to your own personal taste.
White tea has a delicate, sweet, floral, soft taste, as compared to green tea which has a more intense flavour. White tea is a light, silky, subtle refreshing tea perfect for drinking at any time of the day, and, like a fine vintage wine, should be sipped when you have the time to enjoy every moment.
Why not start with some of the tea Taster Packs on offer to buy online.
An ideal way to try out the different white teas that are available. Because the tea leaf is larger and has undergone less processing it contains much less caffeine per cup than green tea and so may be quaffed all day long, like water.
It is no wonder that white tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Why not add some white tea to your daily regime today, just 2 -3 cups a day can help you to live longer and have better health. Not only does is taste superb it also offers some seriously fabulous health benefits!