White Tea Top Fighter For Reducing Inflammation and More
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White Tea Top Fighter For Reducing Inflammation and More

White tea is the potent new jewel of healthy teas, delivering anti-oxidants that help prevent inflammation, arthritis and other progressive diseases. With a mild delicate flavor and tinge of color, the charismatic tea will soon find its way to tea aficionados.

Topping the list for most popular beverage is black and green tea, but new studies just released shine light for a new favorite, exotic white tea, as the new star of tea due to its medicinal benefits and healthy supportive functions. Clinical trials reveal white tea is a potent anti-oxidant, reducing inflammation and preventing certain diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and headaches.

 White tea differs from other teas. Coming from young, fresh tea leaves, it is the least processed of all teas. White tea has been harvested in the mountainous, fertile Fujian region of China for centuries. Reserved for only emperors and royalty, the tea has been a rarity until now. Tea has always been known for its medicinal qualities and white tea was rare until the 19th century. White tea is derived from the same plant as black and green tea, the Camilla Sinensis, yet processed earlier from fresh leaves which are packed with potent anti-oxidants. White tea is steamed rather than air dried. White tea reduces chronic pain and reduces inflammation.

Inflammation is a process when the body fights foreign invaders from bacteria, infections and viruses. Many diseases stem from inflammation, so it is crucial to keep it under control. “Science Daily” recently reported that Professor Declan Naughton, School of Sciences at Kingston University, London researched white tea and found it to have very high levels of anti-oxidants. Dr. Naughton discovered that the tea extract holds properties that protect elastin and collagen responsible for repairing body tissues. White tea with its anti-oxidants prevents enzymes from breaking down elastin and collagen. Not only does white tea fight inflammation, it also prevents depression and anxiety and supports healthy oral health.

There are different varieties of white tea, depending on taste and price. All varieties hold the same healthful benefits:

  • Silver Needle--the highest quality available and hand picked first day possible in spring.
  • White Peony--the second highest quality, hand picked.
  • Song Yang--hand picked from the Song Yang region of China.
  • Tribute Eyebrow--leftovers from silver needle and white peony leaves.
  • Noble Long Life Eyebrow--harvested later than silver needle with a stronger flavor.

Prices vary on loose leaf white tea and look to purchase the leaves for around $25 or more per 2 ounces.

Taste and Where to Purchase

A cup of exotic white tea is pleasantly mild with a golden hue. It is a tad sweet in taste, but not as nutty as green tea. Besides herbal tea, it tends to have the least amount of caffeine of all teas. It is subtle, silky and delicate, making a nice after dinner drink. White tea is available online and can be purchased in most grocers. Flavored white tea is a popular option, like apricot white tea or white chai tea. It is best to purchase whole leaves, but tea bags are always second best. Use pure filtered water with white tea. Heat the water until boiling, then let it sit for a few minutes. Add tea leaves then steep for approximately 40 seconds. Use without sweetener since white tea has a naturally sweet flavor.

Sources:

Wikipedia.com

WebMD.com

whitetea.org

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Informative and well written read. Thanks

Great information!

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