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White Tea Benefits

White Tea Benefits

Classic teas like green, black, and oolong are well known but white tea is the fourth true tea that recently got popularity and scientific acclaim. White tea has its first emergence in Asia and gained popularity in the West in the last 200 years only.

What Is White Tea?

White tea is the least processed, true tea with a lot of health benefits. White tea keeps you energetic, alert helps to promote healthy skin, hair, and prevents tooth decay. It also prevents things like the common cold and eliminates free radicals that can cause an array of ailments from acne to cancer.

Like other varieties of tea White tea also comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The main producers of white tea are China, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand.

As all true teas come from the leaves of the same plant, the key differentiating factors are territory and the production process. In the production process, the level of oxidation is the main differentiating factor.  

White tea is minimally processed with the least oxidation and dried in the sun or a controlled environment to preserve the garden-fresh nature of the herb. As it is minimally processed it has a finish and a pale-yellow color and a slightly sweet flavor. It can have different varietals, which have fruity, vegetal, spicy, and floral hints.

White tea is of mainly two types Silver Needle and White Peony. The Silver Needle is delicate and fine white tea among all other varieties. The other most popular and highest quality white tea has a mixture of leaves and buds.

Health Benefits of White Tea

Cancer Prevention

 The Antioxidants and polyphenols in white tea give it a true potential for preventing or treating cancer. Antioxidants can help build RNA and prevent the mutation of genetic cells that leads to cancer.

A study (2010) found that antioxidants in white tea make it more effective than green tea in preventing cancer than green tea. Researchers targeted lung cancer cells with white tea extract in the lab resulting in dose-dependent cell death. These results show that white tea may help in the death of mutated cells.

Skin Health

The common struggle of people in the case of skin is skin irregularities such as acne, discoloration, and blemishes. It is annoying and can lower confidence.

White tea with its antiseptic and antioxidant properties can help you achieve an even complexion.

A study by the Kensington University, London showed that white tea can protect skin cells from damage induced by hydrogen peroxide and other factors.

Antioxidants in white tea also eliminate free radicals responsible for signs of premature aging i.e. pigmentation and wrinkles. These antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce redness and inflammation caused by skin diseases.

The primary cause of acne is pollution and free radical build-up. Drinking white tea clears up skin. White tea is also used as a cleansing wash also speeds up healing.  

A 2005 study showed that white tea can be beneficial in skin conditions including rosacea and psoriasis. Epigallocatechin gallate present in white tea helps produce new cells in the epidermis. The high amount of phenols in White tea strengthen both collagen and elastin proteins that making skin smooth and gives a youthful appearance to the skin.

Weight Loss

Obesity shortens life span and if not shorten than it makes full of pain and misery. Not surprising that losing weight is among the top priorities for many.

White tea speed up metabolism, burn stored fats and also prevent the formation of new fat cells. It also helps the body to absorb nutrients more efficiently thus helps in weight loss.  

A 2009 German study found that white tea reduces weight by helping burn stored fats. The Study also concluded that it prevents the formation of new fat cells. Catechins in white tea also speed up digestive processes and help in weight management.

Hair Health

The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate helps in hair growth and prevents premature hair loss. EGCG has also shown promise for treating scalp skin diseases primarily caused by bacteria.

Improves Calmness, Focus and Alertness

White tea has the highest concentration of L-theanine amongst the true teas.

L-theanine improves alertness and focuses in the brain. It inhibits and calms down exciting stimuli that may cause overactivity. It also increases the production of the neurotransmitter GABA which reduces anxiety.

White tea also has a small amount of caffeine (28 mg/ 8-ounce cup) The lower caffeine content reduces the negative effect of jittery feeling or insomnia.

Oral Health

High levels of flavonoids, tannins, and fluorides in White tea help keep teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride prevents tooth decay and is an important constituent of toothpaste.  Tannins and flavonoids prevent plaque build-up of plaque which is the main cause of tooth decay and cavities. The antiviral and antibacterial properties of White tea also keep teeth and gums healthy

Help Treat Diabetes

The primary cause of Diabetes is genetic and some lifestyle factors. It’s becoming the biggest health issue in the modern world.

Catechins and other antioxidants in white tea may help prevent or regulate Type 2 diabetes. Enzyme Amylase breaks down starches into sugars which lead to blood sugar spikes. White Tea inhibits the activity of the enzyme amylase and regulates those spikes

In a Chinese study (2011), scientists found that Consuming white tea regularly increased insulin secretion and lower blood glucose levels by 48%. White tea also alleviates polydipsia (severe thirst caused by diseases such as diabetes).

Reduces Inflammation

Catechins and polyphenols in white tea have anti-inflammatory properties. This helps in relieving minor aches and pains.

An animal study (MSSE Journal) has shown that catechins found in white tea assist in quicker muscle recovery and reduce muscular damages. White tea also helps in treating minor aches and pains especially headaches as it improves circulation and oxygen supply to the brain and other body organs.

Heart Health

Chronic diseases impact most of the heart health besides diet, smoking, and environmental factors. White tea is helpful in preventing illnesses like stroke, blood clots, and heart attacks. It also helps to protect healthy heart functions.

Being the least processed true tea, it has maximum antioxidants. Catechins present in white tea lower blood pressure and lower heart disease risk. Antioxidants also lower cholesterol levels, especially bad LDL cholesterol.

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