The primary benefit of white tea is that it is less processed than the other teas from the Camellia sinensis plant. White tea is harvested early in the Spring while the tender young buds and leaves still have a fine silver fuzz on them. The white appearance gives this specialty crop its name.
Because it is not fermented like black tea or oolong tea, white tea retains more of the natural polyphenols (potent antioxidants).
White Tea vs Green Tea
The Benefit of White Tea - If you are one of those people who want the health benefits of green tea, but you just don't care for the taste, you should check out this benefit: white tea doesn't have that "green" or "grassy" flavor. It is mellow, but crisp, with a slightly sweet tone.
When compared with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which can sometimes be risky, white tea showed reduction in pain and swelling without the negative side effects of the anti-inflammatory drugs. Interestingly, when used together, white tea and NSAIDs seem to synergize one another and increase the effectiveness of both.
Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, another medical benefit of white tea is its ability to kill germs. In fact, it appears to be a stronger anti-microbial than green tea. Viruses and bacteria were obliterated when white tea was applied in vitro.
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Consider the levels of caffeine in the different varieties: there are about 40 mg of the stimulant in a cup of black tea, while green tea has 20 mg, and white tea has only 15 mg of caffeine per cup. This makes it a better selection for a soothing, after dinner brew.
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If you're looking for an alternative to your regular beverage, and you want to see a health benefit, white tea can be a great choice.