Latin Name : Camelia Sinensisς
White tea is made from Camellia sinensis. What makes this particular tea unique is the processing method. The leaves are naturally withered and dried in the sun. So this particular tea is actually lightly oxidised because the oxidation starts immediately after the leaves are harvested. This tea normally has a lower caffeine content and contains more antioxidants than green tea.
Some of the most important potential benefits of white tea include:
– Boosting immune system: Just like green tea, white tea is also rich in EGC, an important catechin linked to many health benefits. Polyphenols in white tea may help fight free radicals and prevent the cell damage.
– Anti inflammatory properties: White tea might reduce the risk of inflammation and risk of other diseases related to inflammation.
– Anti aging properties: White tea has gained popularity as a beauty tea. This tea type may have a ”potential anti-ageing activity via inhibition of collagenase and elastase” and may help to protect the skin cells from the sun damage.
– Benefits for oral health: Drinking white tea in the absence of toothbrush could be a good way of preventing bacteria from invading the mouth. Moreover, white tea is less likely to stain teeth because it contains less tannins than black or green tea, a compound responsible for staining teeth.
– Helps You Lose Weight: The caffeine and catechins in white tea help burn fat. White tea extract was able to stimulate fat breakdown and prevent new fat cells from forming. This was thanks to the EGCG (a type of catechin) in the tea.
– Helps Fight Cancer: White tea’s antioxidants and polyphenols help fight cancer cells. They attack cancer cells but also protect the healthy cells from DNA damage.