White tea leaves come from the Camellia Sinensis plant native to the tropical and subtropical climates of southeastern China. Leaves and buds are harvested before they unfurl, and while there are still fine, tiny, white hairs on the young stems. These little white hairs are where 'white' tea gets its name.
White tea is the least processed and least oxidized of the different tea blends, resulting in a high content of antioxidants, and the highest amount of the amino acid of all the teas.
Amino Acid L-theanine
This amino acid can be taken for anxiety and stress, depression, schizophrenia, for preventing Alzheimer's disease, for treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and improving mental performance and attention. In some cases it has even been able to relieve anxiety attacks. When combined with a small amount of caffeine, it reduces tiredness, lowers your levels of anxiety, calms the mind and boosts energy levels.
These micronutrients can be found in white tea. They're packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits. It's thought that polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease (specifically Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease), and cardiovascular diseases.
These strong antioxidants strengthen hair, prevent hair loss, prevent acne, increase the skin's elastin and collagen strength, slow the aging process (internally and externally), help prevent allergies such as eczema, dandruff, and scalp seborrheic dermatitis.
Additional benefits of white tea include:
*increase to the body's metabolism, burning up to 100
calories a day, aiding in weight loss and fat burning.
*suppress the spread and growth of colon and lung cancer;
protecting healthy cells from damage.
*beneficial to kidney and liver function - reducing environmental
pollutants from the body. Aide in kidney stones elimination.
*compounds protect against osteoporosis
As a natural source of fluoride, white tea strengthens tooth enamel. The antioxidant agents also prevent the overgrowth of oral plaque bacteria.
Due to the levels of caffeine found in white tea, it is recommended to drink in the morning hours only to prevent sleeplessness in the evening hours.
White tea is not just healthy and satisfying,
it is also very easy to prepare.
Ideally, the water used should be around 185° Fahrenheit. Using boiling water can ruin the delicate flavors of white tea. Water should be steaming but not to the boiling point.
White tea generally has a subtle and refreshing taste and can be enjoyed hot or cold. For a slightly stronger tea, you can add additional dry leaves before brewing. It is usually advised that you experiment with the amount of tea used until you are completely satisfied with the results, but typically you will use
1 tsp of tea leaves for every 8 ounces of water.
White tea is a delicious and healthy drink when consumed in moderation. The only actual side effects that can be considered negative are experienced when you drink white tea in excessive quantities or too close to bed time.