White tea is the mightiest of the teas. One could go as far as to call it the ultimate health tea as it prevents cancer; lowers blood pressure and cholesterol; protects your heart; builds stronger bones, teeth gums and skin and also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits – wow!. This very special tea is the least processed form of tea and thus contains more nutrients than black or green tea, and like green tea is a natural source of anti-oxidants. It is made from beautiful silver buds and select leaves which have been steamed and dried. It also has less caffeine than its black or green cousins and of course far less than coffee.
White tea has a light, delicate, slightly sweet flavor that sharpens the senses without overwhelming the tongue.
Rare, striking in appearance, and pleasant tasting, white tea gets its name from the fine silvery white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant. Highly prized in China, it requires great care and effort to produce. Special varieties of the tea bush are selected and tended for several years before yielding their first harvest. And then the tea can only be picked in optimal conditions – usually early spring and picking never happens on rainy or frosty days. The tight time frame in which the tea can be harvested only makes it more precious.
It is a superb tonic and one of Nature’s great gifts. We encourage you to add it to your life. To your good health! And not just one cup per day folks – studies have shown that 2-4 cups of white tea a day yield greater health benefits than only one cup. To stretch your tea supply and your money, simply resteep the leaves once or twice to extract all the nutrients.
Our white tea is of course certified organic and comes in two varieties – plain or blended with invigorating peppermint.
If you’re in need of more convincing, here are some of the benefits in more detail:
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are nasty things that go around wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.
White tea may have profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. In some cases, white tea has been found to work as well as prescription drugs, but without the side effects.
Lower Blood Pressure
Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintain a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and white tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.
By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic.
Studies have found that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers. White tea may also have beneficial effects for sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis.
Antibacterial & Antiviral
White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. Its helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV.
Healthy Teeth and Gums
White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath.
Free radicals from staying out in the sun too long, stress, and a poor diet can damage the skin and cause it to prematurely age. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage. Drinking white tea promotes healthy and radiant skin.