White Tea Is Beneficial To Your Health
Are you a tea drinker? Everyone knows about black tea (regular tea bags) and green tea, but what about white tea? It is said that white tea has more health benefits than either black or green tea.
White tea is not an urban legend but a kind of tea that has silvery white hairs on the buds giving it its name. White tea is highly revered in the Orient, having particular ways that it is produced for maximum effect. White tea buds are picked in the early spring and care is taken to pick the best leaves and buds for the tea production. Picking is prohibited during inclement weather.
There are several white tea varieties, each of a different quality. The best is Silver Needle. Other types include White Peony, Long Life Eyebrow and Tribute Eyebrow. The process to create white tea involves much less processing than either black or green tea so it maintains more of its health benefit. Drinking a daily cup or two of white tea is said to be filled with life-preserving antioxidants. Also, the tea has a naturally sweeter taste than the other types.
One of the reasons that people drink green tea is its antioxidant properties and its contributions to weight loss. White tea is filled with many kinds of antioxidants like catechins and flavonoids. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radical damage in the body.
Free radicals are produced from pollution, exposure to the sun, the foods we eat and chemicals. They attack healthy cells and cause premature aging as well as diseases like cancer. Antioxidants surround free radicals and neutralize them before they can do any more damage to your body.
White tea uses these antioxidant properties to promote health in the body. For one, the flavonoids in white tea work to prevent the growth of cancerous cells. Antioxidants boost the immune system so that invading viruses, bacteria and other organisms are defeated by immune system cells.
White tea antioxidants also protect the heart and circulatory system. They lower cholesterol levels and prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). A heart that has to pump harder to move blood throughout the body is at increased risk for heart attacks.
Catechins help by lowering the level of bad LDL cholesterol; they eliminate the formation of hard cholesterol plaques which narrow blood vessels and lead to blood clots. Strokes are a possible result of blood clots that break off and travel through the body and lodge in a vessel in the brain.
In keeping with its high level of antioxidants, white tea contains minerals that help build healthy bones and teeth. Both of these are important as we age. Women can develop brittle bones during menopause. There is less caffeine in white tea which is good for everyone.
If you are drinking coffee, a switch to tea may be in order. White tea is full of antioxidants for your health and has a pleasant taste.