White Tea and It's Health Benefits

White tea health benefit
White tea health benefit. Flavia Morlachetti

Chinese tea drinkers have been hip to white tea’s benefits since the Ming Dynasty. Today, everyone from chefs to medical researchers, praise white tea’s flavor and it’s purported health benefits. Market researchers have shared their enthusiasm, turning white tea into one of the hottest new food trends.

But What is white tea? Most tea aficionados know that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush.

Whether a tea leaf winds up in a cup of green, black, or oolong tea depends entirely on what happened after it has been plucked.  This means the various kinds of tea available really depend on the methods of the tea making process. Black tea, for example, gets it’s dark colour and full flavour from a complex fermentation process that includes exposing crushed tea leaves to air for a strictly defined amount of time.

Green tea, on the other hand, isn't fermented at all, but merely withered in hot air and quickly steamed or pan-fried. Gently rolling and a final heating stabilizes the tea’s natural flavors. Oolong tea falls somewhere in the middle. It’s partly fermented which gives it a reddish color and a “flowery” flavor.

So where does white tea fit into the greater tea picture? White tea comes from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant (some people simply describe this as the “hair” of the immature tea leaves).

White tea usually requires only minimal processing so the procedure of making white tea is as follows. The immature leaves from the tea bush are plucked fresh, withered by drying the tea leaves by air, solar or mechanical drying then you’re left with white tea.

The white tea beverage itself is not white or colorless but has a slightly yellow or very pale yellow color.

The flavor of white tea is very light compared with black tea and green tea. Some people describe the taste of white tea as sweet and silky. Some people who have tried both note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste so often associated with green tea. I personally think green tea has a much stronger taste than white tea.

Antioxidant:

White tea contains the same type of antioxidants as green tea. Some studies have suggested that white tea may increase antioxidant effects of your bodily organs as well as increase your plasma.

Anti-aging:

White tea can slow down the aging process and also reduce the risk of premature aging.

Healthy and smooth skin:

Because of the high percentage of antioxidant properties, white tea can also help to repair and maintain your skin and protect the skin against the effects of ultraviolet light.

Oral health:

White tea can help to reduce the risk of getting dental decay or cavities. Also because the color of white tea is a lot lighter than black tea and green tea it won’t cause your teeth to change color.

Some study results have suggested white tea can also have a positive effect on diabetes. White tea may provide some kind of relief from diabetic symptoms and decrease your plasma glucose levels and increase insulin secretion.

Other health benefits of white tea are similar to green tea’s health benefits. These including reducing the risk of various cardiovascular disorders, provide natural anti-bacterial properties, help with weight loss, lower bad cholesterol and much more.

But as always, please consult a medical professional if you have any health issues. This article just provides suggestions. You may drink white tea, green tea or black tea but remember a balanced diet, not just a tea diet, is the best. Don’t overly consume any type of food or beverage and remember no single food or drink is 100% perfect.

Edited by Liv Wan