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Many Benefits of White Tea
White Tea Health Benefits May Even Be Greater Than Green Tea Health Benefits.
I am an avid tea drinker. So, when I heard on a network news broadcast about the health benefits of white tea, I became very interested. This lens concerns my discoveries, the great taste and benefits of white tea. I include many links to resources tea lover will want to explore.
The Story of White Tea
Once upon a time thousands of years ago, in a land far away, a weary royal traveler, named Shen Nung, and his caravan of loyal subjects were roaming the countryside. The water was foul to taste so the emperor ordered it boiled to make it fit for drinking. Suddenly, out of the blue sky, floated gently by a breeze, a tea leaf landed in his cup of hot water. Curiously, the emperor allowed the leaf to steep. The brew had an aroma that attracted Nung and he drank it. Tea was born. Tea became a royal delight.
Later, a new powdered form of the tea emerged. Tea leaves were picked and quickly steamed to preserve their color and fresh character. After steaming, the leaves were dried. The finished tea was then ground into fine powders that were whisked in wide bowls. The resulting beverage became highly regarded for its deep emerald and iridescent white appearance and its rejuvenating and healthy energy. Drinking tea became now considered stylish. They would read poetry, write calligraphy, paint, and discuss philosophy while enjoying tea. White tea became revered by China's Song Dynasty (920-1279) it became the choice of royalty and was given as a tribute to the emperor. This was the inspiration for the famous Japanese Tea Ceremony. White tea became the rave of royalty. One Song Emperor was renowned for his love of white tea. Hui Zong (1101-1125) became so obsessed with finding the perfect tea that he lost much of his empire.
Over the next several centuries, powdered white tea and the Song Tea Ceremony were abandoned for loose-leaf tea. In 1885, select varieties of the tea plant were developed for white tea.
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HOW IS WHITE TEA PRODUCED?
White tea requires immense care and skill to create. Special varieties of the tea bush are chosen and tended for a number of years before yielding their first harvest.
Early spring provides the finest white tea. When the time is correct, the workers watchfully hand-pick the silver buds and select leaves. There is no picking on rainy days or with frost is on the ground. White tea can only be picked over a small time each year, making it uncommon and precious. The buds and leaves are then steamed and slowly dried.
Unlike black or green tea, white tea is not rolled, and only slightly oxidized, making it the least processed among the major teas. This may account for its powerful health benefits. Climate, altitude, and soil must be precise. All this work, just so we can have the benefit and pleasure of a cup of white tea!
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2. If you want to make an "herbal tea cabinet" - If you had to pick only one book on herbal teas, this would be the one. It is a quick, easy reference - and right on the money with the medicinal uses and any cautions that should be taken.
3. If you want a good reference on teas: - It's that good. It's basically a alphabetical breakdown of teas and their uses, covering some herbs that are not considered typical tea, Pepper for one. There is also a ailment to herb section.
Victoria Zak's book includes herbal tea history, remedies,directions on making your own teas,detailed lists of herbs + ailments to treat.She lists herbs with cautions as well as parts of plant to use in making tea along with historical facts about many herbs. Recipes and quotes make this book an interesting read + educational reference to your herbal tea library.
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WHITE TEA VERY GOOD FOR YOU!
Tea has been widely regarded and used as medicine for 100's of years. Now modern science is rediscovering what many people throughout the world have long known: tea is good for you. While green and black tea are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels. It may be the supreme Drink of Health.
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients that guard the body from hurt by free radicals. Free radicals are vicious things that go around wreaking disorder in your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants neutralize them. White tea is full of these.
White Tea: Contains Tannin White Tea Catechin
What exactly are tea tannins?
Tea tannins are plant derived chemicals associated with tea. But when it comes to tannins there is a lot of confusion and even some misleading information concerning possible health risks. The main cause of confusion concerning tea tannins is that they're often wrongly believed to be associated with tannic acid which is used for tanning leather.. . This simply is not true.
What is very often referred to as tea tannins are in actuality called polyphenols. Polyphenols, which include flavonoids, give tea a boost of health benefits that help to prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke. Research has backed these health benefits. Polyphenols are natural compounds found in tea leaves that have antioxidant qualities. These antioxidants help prevent damage to the cells in our bodies and strengthen our immune system. A subgroup of polyphenols in tea is called catechins and is said to be a particularly strong antioxidant. Because green tea goes through a minimal fermentation process, and white tea goes through none at all, these two have the highest amounts of antioxidants.
REVIEW OF HEALTH BENEFITS:0F WHITE TEA
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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 stroke.
Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is packed with them.
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 Fluoride
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.
Other Health Benefits
White tea has many other benefits to offer. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. It reduces stress and increases energy.
White tea may or may not aid in weight-loss. Studies suggest tea may increase metabolism and encourage the body to burn more fat, but a balanced diet and regular exercise are more likely to produce results. Still, adding white tea to your weight-loss plan can't hurt.
By now you can see that white tea has a great range of effects on the body and a tremendous number of benefits to your health. Its supreme power is in preventing disease and disorder.
White tea protects against cancer, heart disease, and stroke, the leading causes of death in the industrial world, as well as numerous other conditions. It eases the symptoms of illness and promotes recovery. White tea strengthens the circulatory and immune systems as well as bones and teeth, and builds healthy skin.
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!
WHITE TEA AND PREGNANCY
Should pregnant women drink white tea?
Is it safe to drink white tea during pregnancy?
All teas have caffeine. To play it safe, while there appear to be no ill-effects of tea consumption, and, in fact, tea may help prevent certain diseases, it is not recommended that green/white tea be consumed in large amounts during pregnancy. The minerals, iron and calcium, are needed in higher amounts during pregnancy, and absorption of these two minerals may be affected by oxidation status and/or compounds in the tea such as phytates.(See article from SHE KNOWS.
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WHITE TEA TIPS - THINGS TO CONSIDER
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White Tea Tips. Things to consider.
1.Buy High-Quality Loose-Leaf White Tea
The best white teas come in loose-leaf form. They have far superior quality and flavor than bagged tea, which usually comes from dust at the bottom of the tea bin.
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2.Brew 3-5 Minutes In Very Hot Water. White Tea Temperature - water should be near but not boiling.
Like green tea, white tea is best brewed with pure water that is very hot, but not boiling. For stronger flavor, steep for a few minutes longer. Use 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf tea per cup.
3.Drink 2-4 Cups Of White Tea Daily
Studies show 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.
When reusing tea leaves, brew for several minutes longer than the first steeping.
4.Create Your Own Daily Tea Ritual
Set aside a few minutes every day for your own Tea Ritual. Spend a few quiet moments just relaxing and enjoying your tea. Breathe deeply and easily, sit back in a comfortable chair, play some relaxing music, do whatever works for you. Not only are you getting health benefits from the tea, but also from the stress relief. It's one of the favorite parts of our day and a great way to enjoy white tea.
5.Give The Gift Of White Tea
White tea makes a great gift for tea lovers. It has a light, refreshing taste, and the Silver Needle varieties are strikingly beautiful. It's also the Gift of Health. You'll feel good knowing you're enriching someone else's life. Plus, a small bag of loose-leaf white tea can last for weeks.
6.Try New Varieties Of White Tea
It's good to try new things. The world of tea offers a vast range of choices. If possible, try the higher grade white teas, like the Silver Needle. Try a new tea or new variety every month, or every 2 or 3 months. Set aside a certain amount per month for "Tea Exploration". With each new tea, you'll know a little more about the world and about yourself. Good Tea is a journey for a lifetime. Explore. Experiment. Be Bold.
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