White tea gets its name from the way the tea is handled. The tea’s leaves and buds are harvested before they become fully open, at an earlier age in their growth, when they are covered in white hairs. White tea comes from the same plant as green and black teas. White tea is the least processed of the three, in that is rapidly steamed and left to dry naturally whereas green and black teas aren’t. This is why white tea retains a higher amount of antioxidants than green and black teas.
And antioxidants is the keyword here.
White Tea is full of plant-based molecules called Polyphenols that act as antioxidants inside the body. Antioxidants are compounds found in certain foods (especially plants) that delay or stop damage to cells, they are released through digestion and travel through the bloodstream and straight into the cells. Antioxidants combat free radicals that area waste products in our cells and which can damage our body for instance develop into cancer. Smoking and external toxins can cause free radicals, but normal metabolism can also to a certain degree. Antioxidants aids in that they bind to free radicals, thereby reducing the harm they cause to molecules.
Many plants and vitamins contain compounds that act as antioxidants
- Essential nutrients: Vitamin A and C
- Vegetables: Tomatoes, carrots, beans, nuts, broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus and sweet potatoes
- Fruits & berries: apples, oranges, grapefruits, blueberries and strawberries
- Other: green tea, red wine
White Tea Benefits*
- May help fight off skin aging (antioxidant property)
- May reduce risk of heart disease (antioxidant property)
- May be good for weight loss (antioxidant property)
- May help fight cancer (antioxidant property)
- May lower risk of insulin resistance
- May help protect your teeth from bacteria
- May help protect against Osteoporosis
- May help protect against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
*Some of these views are not medically proven, but if you are not allergic to Goji berries is worth while checking it out on your own body.
For enthusiast tea drinkers out there, white tea is perfect, because it never gets bitter like green tea.