White tea – what is it? It might sound like a milky cup of English Breakfast, but White Tea is actually a particular strain of green tea made from the Camellia sinensis plant, that gets its name from the ripeness of the leaves; picked just before they fully open, they are covered in tiny white hairs. It was supposedly discovered by accident in China approximately 5,000 years ago when Emperor Shen Nung was given boiled water to quench his thirst – leaves from nearby trees and plants kept floating in – and after enjoying the flavour the Emperor ordered a search for its origin and white tea was born! Intrigued? Read on for our Top 5 Health Benefits of Drinking White Tea!
1. Improves Memory Function
Due to the fact that white tea is absolutely brimming with antioxidants (it’s the least processed of the green tea family) as well as catechins, it is great for improving and strengthening memory power, and actively fights against memory decline including diseases like Alzheimer’s (because of its polyphenol EGCG compound content). In fact, an analysis of more than twenty-five studies involving over 52,500 human participants suggested that drinking white tea daily correlated with a 35% lower risk of memory-related brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Fat Burning
When considering what tea to drink for weight loss, white tea is probably not one that immediately springs to mind, however it ought to be! White tea is quite the miracle worker when it comes to burning fat due to the presence of caffeine and catechins within it. Together with a healthy diet and frequent exercise, these help your body to process fat breakdown and avoid the formation of new fat cells, whilst also boosting your metabolism.
3. Dental Care
Since white tea contains such chemicals and compounds as fluoride, catechins and tannins, it can help to strengthen your teeth. Fluoride is widely recognised for its dental value and is a fundamental ingredient in many toothpaste and dental care products.
4. Skin Care
It has been suggested that white tea contains properties that could help in the treatment of acne, as well as prevent signs of internal and external aging. A study carried out at Kingston University in London seems to point toward the antioxidant content of white tea having antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Iit is also a popular belief amongst dermatologists and skin experts that high antioxidant levels can protect your skin from damage.
5. Protects Against Parkinson’s
Certain studies have pointed toward white tea’s ability to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease due to its containing that magical polyphenol EGCG – helping to avoid the folding and joining of proteins in your body that produce inflammation in the brain.
As well as being healthy and a delight to taste – white tea is also very simple to make; once the leaves and boiling water are combined, simply allow it to steep for five-eight minutes and voila! White tea is typically pale with a lighter, subtler flavour in comparison to green and black teas – it can be enjoyed hot as a winter warmer or iced, for those extra-hot summer days as a refreshing beverage. Been drinking white tea for a while, what effects have you noticed? Tell us in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Want to discover more teas? Slurp away with these other delicious tea articles as well as these other Top 5’s to activate YOUR Fit YOUR way!)