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    White tea and its health benefits

    White tea and its health benefits

    White tea comes from the young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It has antioxidant properties similar to green and black tea, but contains less caffeine. Many people, including pregnant women, enjoy drinking white tea because of its nutritional benefits. Although white tea has many health benefits, pregnant women must limit their intake of white tea because overconsumption can negatively affect an expecting mother and her unborn child.
    Health Benefits Of White Tea

    Tea has been used as medicine for centuries. Now modern science is discovering what people in China and throughout the world have long known: tea is good for you. While green and black tea are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels. It may be the supreme Drink of Health.
    White Tea Antioxidants
    Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are nasty things that go around wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.
    Cancer Prevention
    White tea may have profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. In some cases, white tea has been found to work as well as prescription drugs, but without the side effects.
    Lower Blood Pressure
    Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintain a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
    Lower Cholesterol
    Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and white tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.
    Heart Protection
    By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic.
    Stronger Bones
    Studies have found that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers. White tea may also have beneficial effects for sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis.
    Antibacterial & Antiviral
    White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. Its helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV.
    Healthy Teeth and Gums
    White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
    Healthy Skin
    Free radicals from staying out in the sun too long, stress, and a poor diet can damage the skin and cause it to prematurely age. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage. Drinking white tea promotes healthy and radiant skin.
    Other Health Benefits
    White tea has many other benefits to offer. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. It reduces stress and increases energy.
    White tea may or may not aid in weight-loss. Studies suggest tea may increase metabolism and encourage the body to burn more fat, but a balanced diet and regular exercise are more likely to produce results. Still, adding white tea to your weight-loss plan can't hurt.
    Tips for drinking white tea
    1.Buy High-Quality Loose-Leaf White Tea

    The best white teas come in loose-leaf form. They have far superior quality and flavor than bagged tea, which usually comes from dust at the bottom of the tea bin.
    2.Brew 3-5 Minutes In Very Hot Water

    Like green tea, white tea is best brewed with pure water that is very hot, but not boiling. For stronger flavor, steep for a few minutes longer. Use 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea per cup.
    3.Drink 2-4 Cups Of White Tea Daily

    Studies show that 2-4 cups of white tea a day yield greater health benefits than only one cup. To stretch your tea supply and your money, simply resteep the leaves once or twice to extract all the nutrients.
    When reusing tea leaves, brew for several minutes longer than the first steeping.
    4.Create Your Own Daily Tea Ritual

    Set aside a few minutes every day for your own Tea Ritual. Spend a few quiet moments just relaxing and enjoying your tea. Breathe deeply and easily, sit back in a comfortable chair, play some relaxing music, do whatever works for you. Not only are you getting health benefits from the tea, but also from the stress relief. It's one of the favorite parts of our day and a great way to enjoy white tea.
    5.Give The Gift Of White Tea

    White tea makes a great gift for tea lovers. It has a light, refreshing taste, and the Silver Needle varieties are strikingly beautiful. It's also the Gift of Health. You'll feel good knowing you're enriching someone else's life. Plus, a small bag of loose-leaf white tea can last for weeks.
    6.Try New Varieties Of White Tea

    It's good to try new things. The world of tea offers a vast range of choices. If possible, try the higher grade white teas, like the Silver Needle. Try a new tea or new variety every month, or every 2 or 3 months. Set aside a certain amount per month for "Tea Exploration".
    With each new tea, you'll know a little more about the world and about yourself. Good Tea is a journey for a lifetime. Explore. Experiment. Be Bold.

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    Re: White tea and its health benefits

    Good article

    Last edited by rifan; 27th Jul 2012 at 02:47 PM.



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