6 White Tea Health Benefits Backed By Science
Learn everything you need to know about white tea health benefits in this article.
Antioxidants: While Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white teas’ benefits since the Ming Dynasty, until recently it was virtually unknown in the West. Recent studies find that white tea is in fact better for you. Because of its unique production process, the tea leaves of white tea are close to their natural state meaning that white tea contains more polyphenols, the powerful anti-oxidant that fights and kills cancer-causing cells, than any other type of tea.
Immune system & dental health: 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.
Caffeine content: All teas contain caffeine to some extent, but white tea contains less than others teas. The exact concentration of caffeine in the brewed tea depends on many factors, but when white tea and green tea are steeped for three minutes in water at 175 deg F, the green tea is measured to hold about 20 to 30 mg per serving, while white tea contains about half that. Black tea, on the other hand, contains 40 to 60 mgs. For comparison, black coffee contains about 120 to 150 mgs.
Weight loss: Because in addition to all the health properties of tea, white tea contains the least caffeine of all teas. If you drink too much green tea, black tea or coffee, you will experience some of the negative effects of caffeine, like trembling, anxiety, headaches, and so on. White tea contains just the right amount of caffeine – enough to burn calories at maximum efficiency, but not so much that you will feel any of the ill effects, even if you drink white tea throughout the whole day.
Skin: Yes, sipping white tea is a great option to keep your face skin smooth and firm. According to a recent lab study, extracts in white tea exert an anti-inflammatory effect that slows the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers - those super-supportive intracellular structures that skin needs to stay firm and wrinkle-free.Mental health: Scientific studies find that the L-theanine (which is named after tea, where it occurs most frequently) contained in white tea is an amino acid that can enter the brain, and that's why it has psychoactive properties. Studies show that L-theanine can reduce mental and physical stress. In addition, it has numerous other heath properties including: lowering blood pressure, diminishing symptoms of PMS, promoting concentration, and improving learning performance.