For centuries, tea has been used by many cultures to cure a number of ailments. People in China have been drinking green and black tea for ages and even modern science is now of the opinion that tea can be very healthy. While most of us are familiar with black and green tea, not many of us have heard of white tea. Well, it gets its name from the fine white hair, which covers the leaves that are harvested before the leaves are fully open. Studies also show that white tea has the highest antioxidant levels compared to other teas. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits associated with this health beverage.
Some studies show that since white tea contains a large amount of flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant, which may inhibit the growth of cancer-causing cells. It also acts like a blood thinner and improves artery function and reduces one’s risk of getting a stroke. White tea also contains the antioxidant catechins, which can reduce bad cholesterol, while increasing good cholesterol, thereby preventing the hardening of arteries.
Research shows that white tea contains small amounts of fluoride, which kills plaque causing bacteria and prevents tooth decay and bad breath.
Since white tea is high in antioxidants and low in caffeine it protect the body from damaging free radicals. It also protects the skin from sun damage, thereby preventing wrinkles and fine lines. White tea drinkers swear that it promotes healthy and radiant skin. So, if you want young-looking skin, give white tea a shot.
REVOFIT TAKE: If you are taking blood pressure medication, blood thinners or are pregnant or a nursing mom, it is best if you consult with your physician before you add white tea to your diet. Also, if you want to avoid caffeine, stay away from this tea as it does contain small amounts of caffeine.