We previously had a post on the green tea benefits and black tea benefits. Today, we will discuss the third member of this family and the associated benefits of white tea. All tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but the differences in white, green and black teas are in the processing of the leaves.
White tea comes from the buds and younger leaves of the plant which are lightly processed to avoid oxidation and fermentation. This procedure helps in protecting the high content of Polyphenols, a phytonutrient responsible for the health benefits of white tea however if you are comparing the price of white tea vs green tea this is the cause of why white tea is more expensive on average than its tea siblings.
When comparing white tea vs green tea, green tea has long been touted as having cancer-fighting qualities, but a test done at Oregon State University has shown that white tea has more of the polyphenols which are thought to be responsible for this quality. In the test it was determined that white tea inhibited the mutations which cause cancer more efficiently than the green tea and so in effect may have more potential to prevent cancer. Also, white tea contains less caffeine than green tea, about 15 mg per serving instead of 20 mg. Also, if you were wondering black tea contains 40 mg. For some less caffeine might be a benefit of white tea vs green tea.
Other white tea benefits include:
- Lessening atherosclerotic plaques and lowering blood pressure
- Reducing carcinogens which are any substance directly related to causing cancer
- Reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure by lowering levels of bad cholesterol and increasing levels of good cholesterol
- Reducing the risk of diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels
- Protecting the skin from damage from ultraviolet light by boosting the immune system when exposed to harmful UV radiation
- Slowing down viruses and bacterial growth thus protecting against infections such as staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumonia, fungus growth and even dental plaque
- Reducing risk of cancerous tumors associated with colon, prostate and stomach cancers
- High in anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-collagenase, and anti-elastase properties, also helping in the fight against heart disease and cancers as well rheumatoid arthritis. These properties may also help slow down the aging process by slowing down the breaking down of elastin and collagen by enzymes.
- Along with a healthy diet and exercise program my help accelerate metabolism in the battle for weight loss (see our other post on green tea weight loss & oolong tea weight loss using a green tea diet for more information)
- Potential for improving bone density
Drinking a cup of white tea at meals or between is a relaxing way to enjoy a break, and will help promote good health. While the white tea benefits seem superior to green tea, this is a slight advantage and realistically your preference for which tea tastes best should be the only factor in deciding which one is the winner. One thing is for sure, white tea is a healthy, delicious and enjoyable choice, so give it a try, there are multiple white tea health benefits and no known noteworthy side effects.