I really enjoy drinking green tea because of its flavor and its numerous health benefits. However, I also enjoy the taste of white tea and like to drink that on occasion as well. White tea has less caffeine than green tea even though both are derived from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis. White tea is quickly steamed and rolled while green tea is steamed, fired, rolled and slightly fermented.
White tea has a nice subtle taste and a pleasant aroma. Don’t let the tea’s subtle flavor fool you. It is full of antioxidants and very beneficial to your health. White tea and green tea come from the same plant but white tea leaves are harvested earlier than green. White tea can also be more expensive than green because it needs more special handling. The health benefits of white tea are:
- White tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. Because white tea leaves are processed only minimally after they are harvested, they hold onto most of their naturally occurring antioxidants. Antioxidants are so important for good health – they protect us from free radicals, fight harmful inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, reduce our risk of chronic disease (like cancer and diabetes), encourage a healthy immune system, and much more.
- White tea has impressive anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities, which means it can deactivate bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In fact, white tea is even more powerful than green tea in disarming bacterial viruses! White tea also kills the bacteria that cause plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
- The health benefits of white tea include weight management. White tea has caffeine, which may enhance weight loss, and white tea’s high levels of antioxidants can help to boost your metabolism and curb your appetite. Even better, research about white tea and weight loss has shown that white tea can prevent new fat cells from developing and encourage the breakdown of fat in existing fat cells, as well. (Just remember, if you’re thinking of adding white tea to your overall weight loss plan, be sure to check with your healthcare provider first.)
- White tea’s anti-inflammatory properties may reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. For those already suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, white tea may reduce inflammation and joint damage, and ease some of the aches and pains of arthritis.
- White tea has minimal caffeine as compared to coffee, energy drinks, and other highly caffeinated beverages. So, while drinking white tea will provide you with the benefits of caffeine (such as increased alertness and energy), it is unlikely to leave you with the typical caffeine side effects (like insomnia, irritability, anxiety, dizziness, or headaches) that can occur with high caffeine intake.
- White tea contains high levels of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine is known for many health benefits – it is a powerful antioxidant, encourages relaxation, helps with weight management, relieves anxiety, improves concentration, and much more. And L-theanine combined with caffeine (which white tea has) has been shown to significantly enhance alertness.
Source: The Tea Talk
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