White tea health benefits are numerous but because of a limited number of white tea producers (only a few select growers in China and India), the relatively small popularity of white tea has yet to bring to light the results of studies on these health benefits.
Some common types of white tea include:
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White tea is not steamed or pan-fired, so it is the least processed of all teas. White tea is only made from the best leaves and buds from the tea plant at harvest time. White tea has the lowest content of fluoride and highest content of the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) when compared to the other types of tea.
Because white tea offers a higher count in antioxidant than its green tea partner, white tea health benefits are expected to be similar and perhaps even higher than the health benefits of green tea.
Some research suggests that 2 to 4 cups of white tea per day are beneficial to our health.
A laboratory study was conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute on the effects of green tea on animals. The growth of cancer cells was inhibited and the number and size of tumors were reduced. According to Santana-Rios et al in their research entitled Potent antimutagenic activity of white tea in comparison with green tea in the Salmonella assay Mutation Research, 495 61-74 (2001), white tea could be even more effective.
Way to boost white tea health benefits!
Before you get all excited about white tea health benefits and go shopping for bottled white tea and powdered "ready to mix with water" tea that has appeared on the shelves of the major supermarkets, you need to keep reading. While these teas sound appealing in principle, you should be aware that most of these are made from concentrate and/or are packed with preservatives and sugar.
They do not offer the same extent of white tea health benefits that you would gain from brewing your own cup of tea. If you prefer iced tea, you can also brew your own iced white tea at home.
Simply use twice the amount of tea while steeping, then add the equivalent amount of water as ice. Bottle it yourself and take it to work!
When making white tea, do not bring the water to the boiling point. Rather, heat it up to 80C (180F). Using boiling water can decrease the benefits and flavor of the delicate white tea leaves. You should use 5 ml of tea leaves (1 teaspoon) per 250 ml (1 cup) of water. For iced tea, this would be 2 teaspoons of tea for 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice. Let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
Learn more on how to make herbal tea and other types of tea. You can also visit the comfort food page to find great recipes to enjoy at home while sipping your cup of white tea.