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Fighting cancer and aging.. Here are the benefits of white tea

White tea is not   as popular as  green and black tea  , although it is the least processed and richest in antioxidants.

White tea is extracted from the Camellia sinensis plant, made from  carefully selected buds and leaves , and has many  health benefits  thanks to its flavonoids, which are antioxidant compounds.

In this report, we learn about the benefits of white tea.

What is white tea?

White tea is made  from the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant that green tea and black tea are made from, however, different processing methods give them their unique flavors and aromas. 

White tea is the least processed of the three teas, and for this reason, it  retains  a high amount of antioxidants.

This is thought to be one of the reasons why studies have linked white tea to many health benefits. For example, white tea may help reduce the risk of heart disease, fight  skin  aging  , and even aid in  weight loss .

White tea offers the least amount of caffeine compared to green tea and black tea, however, the  actual caffeine content  in white tea can vary based on the plant and the region where it was grown.

how to prepare

Measure out about 2 grams of tea leaves per cup of  water , given its delicate flavour. White tea is best brewed in water with a temperature of 170 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit (76 to 85 degrees Celsius).

Many sources state that steeping white tea for a little longer than other teas can make the flavor stronger. You can only let it steep for 2-3 minutes, while some recommend up to five minutes.

Both can be experimented to find the steeping time that provides the flavor you enjoy, and because of the delicate flavor of this tea, it is recommended that you enjoy it without  milk  , cream,  sugar ,  or  honey .

Health benefits of white tea

The benefits of white tea have been proven by numerous scientific studies, including: 

May reduce the risk of heart disease

Heart disease is closely related   to chronic inflammation, which is linked to many factors, including: diet, exercise  , and unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking.

Polyphenols like those found in white tea may help   reduce the risk of  heart disease  in several ways, for example,  by relaxing blood vessels  and boosting  immunity . Other  studies have found  that polyphenols may prevent the formation of  harmful LDL cholesterol  , another risk factor for  heart disease. .

Rich in antioxidants

White tea is rich in a type of  polyphenol  called catechins. Polyphenols  are plant molecules that act as antioxidants within the body. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals .

Free radicals  cause a lot of damage to the body such as the effects of  aging ,  chronic inflammation , a weakened  immune system  and a variety of   other diseases .

According to studies, white tea is one of the best types of tea for fighting free radicals.  A study found  that white tea extract can help protect animal nerve cells from damage caused by free radicals called hydrogen peroxide.

Helps lose weight

Green tea is often the first tea that comes to mind when you think of tea for weight loss, however, white tea may be just as  effective  when it comes to burning  fat .

Both teas contain similar levels of caffeine and catechins such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound in green tea linked to fat burning.

For example,  a study found  that white tea extract was able to stimulate lipolysis and prevent the formation of new fat cells, and this was largely due to EGCG.

A review of a number of studies also suggests   that white tea may help boost metabolism by an additional 4-5%, which could be the equivalent of burning an extra 70 to 100  calories  per day.

It contains compounds that may fight cancer

Several studies have found that white tea may have anti-cancer effects. In one study  , white tea extract caused cell death in several types of  lung cancer . 

Other studies have looked   at the effects of white tea on  colon cancer cells, and studies have discovered that white tea extract suppresses the growth of colon cancer cells and prevents them from spreading, and the antioxidants present in white tea protect normal cells from damage caused by harmful molecules.

Helps protect teeth from bacteria

White tea is a great source  of fluoride and catechins. This combination of molecules can help strengthen teeth  by fighting bacteria and sugar. Fluoride can help  prevent  tooth decay  by making the surface of teeth more resistant to acid attacks that occur from bacteria and sugar.   

Catechins are plant antioxidants that are abundant in white tea and have been shown to inhibit the growth of plaque bacteria.

Reduces the risk of insulin resistance

Insulin is a very important hormone. It helps transfer nutrients from the bloodstream to cells for later use or storage. However, due to several factors, including high sugar consumption, some people stop responding to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. .

Insulin resistance is very common and is linked to many chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Studies have found   that polyphenols in white tea may reduce the risk of insulin resistance, and animal studies  have also found that EGCG and polyphenols in white tea may enhance the effects of insulin and prevent high blood sugar levels. 

Helps combat skin aging

Extrinsic aging occurs when environmental factors damage  the skin  and promote aging, for example, the  sun's ultraviolet rays  can   damage the skin over time by causing inflammation.

Intrinsic aging is natural aging, caused by damage from a variety of factors within your body, such as free radicals and certain enzymes.

Compounds in white tea may help protect  your skin  from the effects of both internal and external aging. In one study , scientists discovered that applying white tea extract to the skin helped protect against the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. 

May protect against osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a health condition in which bones become hollow and brittle. Studies  have shown that free radicals and chronic inflammation may accelerate osteoporosis. These two factors may suppress cells that help bone growth and promote cells that break down bone. 

Conversely, the catechins in white tea have been shown  to fight these risk factors. They are thought to suppress cells that break down bone. Catechins are more abundant in white tea than in other types of tea.