Sunday, October 10, 2010

White tea

Since I wrote about green tea being so good for you, now that I have been doing some research I have found that White Tea is even better!! This was a pleasant surprise for me because I drink white tea too, and frankly, I like it better then green tea!  I have been getting tea from my friend Chris, who has her own tea business called christiani-tea. I might as well put in a plug for her because she is the one that got me started on drinking tea in the first place! It's darn good tea too! Thanks Chris!
Anyway, apparently all tea~ Black, green, white, and oolong teas are all derived from the leaves of the warm-weather evergreen tree Camellia sinensis the difference is the processing. The more processing the tea goes through, the darker the tea becomes. For this reason we can see that the common black tea undergoes the most processing. Black and oolong teas are partially dried, crushed and fermented, while green and white teas are simply steamed. White tea is subject to the least possible processing. The tea is derived from the young plant in early spring and, since they contain no chlorophyll, has silvery white leaves.
So, because the white tea has the least amount of processing, it has the MOST polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants. (Which are very good for you).
Some of the benefits of white tea are~

~ Fighting problems that involve bacterial, inflammatory and viral elements.
~ Beneficial in influencing the health of the skin, heart, kidneys, circulatory system and brain.
~ Anti-aging benefits
~ Increased energy
~ Increases metabolism
~ Reducing stress 
~Prevention of many cancers, prevent the development of new cancerous growths while inhibiting the growth of existing growths. ( I like that!!)
~ Great for your skin, teeth and bones

As I was reading some of this when I came across the part about it increasing metabolism, I thought that was interesting because I've still been losing weight, about a pound a week, but not trying too. Granted, I am trying to eat "clean" these days, but I have to wonder, is it the tea that is causing the weight loss?

At any rate, this stuff is good for you! And if you get some good flavored white tea like peach, or pomegranate, and add a little honey to it,  it's really quite tasty!
I think I may go brew a cup right now. lol.

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