Grown and harvested almost exclusively in China, white tea comes from the delicate buds and younger leaves of the tea plant, which are allowed to oxidize naturally.
The least processed of all tea types; white tea is closer to the plant’s natural state, increasing the tea’s antioxidant properties.
White tea has long been prized for its delicate flavor and aroma.
However, at least for now, white tea is rarer than black and green teas, and therefore more expensive.
a) Research in animals has shown that white tea has large amounts of cancer-fighting antioxidants. But listen carefully: White tea is no cure-all. The studies are still preliminary, and the ready-to-drink, bottled white teas actually seem to eliminate some of the health benefits. So, if you do drink white tea, brew your own.
b) White Tea extract is a natural source that effectively inhibits adipogenesis and stimulates lipolysis-activity.
Need another reason to drink white tea?
c) A 2004 study at Pace University concluded that white tea can help your body's immune system fight off viruses and dangerous infection-causing bacteria.
The same study concluded that fluoride-rich white tea helps prevent the growth of dental plaque, the chief cause of tooth decay.
Other benefits of white tea:
d) Lower Blood Pressure: By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
e) Lower Cholesterol: Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and white tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.
f) Heart Protection: By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack.
g) Stronger Bones: Studies have found that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers.
Tips to drink white tea:
be absolutely certain your white tea purchase is fresh.
Select the water: Choose good quality water. If you live in an area with hard water, filter it before you use it to brew.
Heat water to boiling, and then let it cool for five to eight minutes.
Test the water temperature: If the water is too hot, the tea will be scalded, causing it to become bitter and astringent.
Select your method for brewing the white tea: Use a tea infuser basket, a tea ball, or a teapot.
Add two teaspoons of white tea leaves per cup.
Steep for 7 to 10 minutes.
Use the same leaves for steeping several cups of white tea, with steeping times increasing as needed.
Serve: White tea should be served as it is, unadulterated.
You may choose to pour milk or sugar in the white tea, but the already subtle flavor of the tea will be drowned out.
White tea is one of Nature's great gifts; we encourage you to add it to your life for a good health.