White tea has come a long way in its long history. It was largely unknown outside China and the Orient until recently. Now, with a renewed interest in fine tea and remarkable discoveries about its health benefits, white tea is being discovered and enjoyed around the world.
Growing White Tea
This tea requires great care and effort to produce. Special varieties of the tea bush are selected and tended for several years before yielding their first harvest.
Early spring provides the best white tea. When the time is right, the workers carefully hand-pick the silver buds and select leaves.
There is no picking on rainy days or when frost is on the ground. It can only be picked for a short time each year, making it rare and precious.
The buds and leaves are then steamed and slowly dried. Unlike black or green tea, white tea is not rolled, and only slightly oxidized, making it the least processed tea. This may account for its powerful health benefits.
Climate, altitude, and soil must be right. All this work, just so we can enjoy a cup of tea!
Discover The Health Benefits
It has a great range of effects on the body and a tremendous number of benefits to your health. Its supreme power is in preventing disease and disorder.
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.
Health benefits include improvement in oral health.The presence of polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins help in inhibiting growth of various bacteria that may cause plaque formation. The fluoride content found in white tea may also be effective in reducing risk of dental caries or tooth decay/cavity.
Healthy Young-looking Skin
It also helps in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. Usage of this tea is recommended due to its antioxidant properties which help in quick repair and recovery of damaged skin. It is also beneficial in protecting skin against effects of ultraviolet light.
Presence of free radicals in the body is what leads to damage of different body organs including the skin. These radical elements highly contribute to accelerated aging process that again comes with other challenges that are associated with advancement in age. White tea contains polyphenols which helps in of neutralizing these free radicals making them less destructive to the body.
White tea may have profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. In some cases, white tea has been found to work as well as prescription drugs, but without the side effects.
Lower Blood Pressure
Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintain a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and this sort of tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.
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. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic.
Studies have found that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers. White tea may also have beneficial effects for sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis.
Antibacterial & Antiviral
White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. Its helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV.Consumption of white tea helps in protecting our body from infection causing bacteria and other microorganisms.
Healthy Teeth and Gums
White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Free radicals from staying out in the sun too long, stress, and a poor diet can damage the skin and cause it to prematurely age. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage. Drinking white tea promotes healthy and radiant skin.
Other Health Benefits
White tea has many other benefits to offer. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. It reduces stress and increases energy.
It may, or may not aid in weight-loss. Studies suggest tea may increase metabolism and encourage the body to burn more fat, but a balanced diet and regular exercise are more likely to produce results. Still, adding this tea to your weight-loss plan can’t hurt.
Six “Before-Buy” Tips
1.Buy High-Quality Tea
The best white teas come in loose-leaf form. They have far superior quality and flavor than bagged tea, which usually comes from dust at the bottom of the tea bin.
2.Brew 3-5 Minutes In Very Hot Water
Like green tea, white tea is best brewed with pure water that is very hot, but not boiling. For stronger flavor, steep for a few minutes longer. Use 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea per cup.
3.Drink 2-4 Cups Daily
Studies show that 2-4 cups of white tea a day yield greater health benefits than only one cup. To stretch your tea supply and your money, simply re-steep the leaves once or twice to extract all the nutrients.
When reusing tea leaves, brew for several minutes longer than the first steeping.
4.Create Your Own Daily Tea Ritual
Set aside a few minutes every day for your own Tea Ritual. Spend a few quiet moments just relaxing and enjoying your tea. Breathe deeply and easily, sit back in a comfortable chair, play some relaxing music, do whatever works for you. Not only are you getting health benefits from the tea, but also from the stress relief. It’s one of the favorite parts of our day and a great way to enjoy white tea.
5.Give A Gift Of White Tea
White tea makes a great gift for tea lovers. It has a light, refreshing taste, and the Silver Needle varieties are strikingly beautiful. It’s also the Gift of Health. You’ll feel good knowing you’re enriching someone else’s life. Plus, a small bag of loose-leaf white tea can last for weeks.
6.Try New Varieties Of White Tea
It’s good to try new things. The world of tea offers a vast range of choices. If possible, try the higher grade white teas. Try a new tea or new variety every month, or every 2 or 3 months.Explore!
It is a superb tonic and one of Nature’s great gifts. We encourage you to add it to your life to your good health!