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December 31, 2008
White teas are one of the most popular type of traditional teas made from the leaves of Camilla Sinensis plant. Silver Needle, Snowbud, White Peony, White Cloud, Fujan, Bai Mu Dan, White Darjeeling, as well as various fruit-flavored White teas are among the best blends in modern tea culture. In contrast to Black teas, this type of tea comes from the buds picked right after they have opened. White tea is the least processed type of tea among all teas. The buds are unfermented, slightly air dried and sometimes a little steamed, that allows receiving a very gentle and a little sweet type of tea taste. White teas have a specific light color, a very delicate and silky flavor.
White teas have many advantages for our general health. First of all, they contain very high amounts of antioxidants (up to three times more than other types of teas) and have great refreshing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects. Being high in polyphenols, White teas are low in caffeine and astringency . White teas are very useful for our cardiovascular system and heart health, they normalize blood pressure and prevent the formation of clots. Besides, White teas can assist in improving our immunity. Finally, this type of tea has excellent anti-cancer properties (especially for preventing colon and skin cancer) and can substantially lower the chances of DNA damage.
Nowadays, the variety of therapeutic properties of White tea is expanding. In particular, specialists discovered the beneficial effects of White tea for skin, that is why young tea buds and White tea extracts are now used in cosmetics industry for skin creams and other beauty products. For their excellent anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, White tea extracts are used for dental hygiene as an ingredient of toothpastes which helps to reduce dental plaque and fight cavities. At the same time, there are a lot of ongoing researches and studies of White tea effects on our health which can find new scientific evidence for other therapeutic properties of this type of tea.
When you try a White tea for the first time, you should not be misdirected with its too light color caused by low chlorophyll content. The brew has quite a strong taste without the grassy bitter flavor characteristic for Green teas. Experts advise steeping White tea in water at the temperature a little below boiling point and using one tea bag for every cup (or one for the pot). Finally, White teas should be served without milk or sugar. Enjoy the benefits of this special and very useful tea, and be always in good health!Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.