Getting Your Teas Right
Tea has been used as medicine for centuries. Now modern science is discovering what people in China and 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 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.
In large quantities, tea and tea extracts may reduce potassium levels and may cause gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Tea may also interfere with the blood thinning effects of Warafarin treatment. Tea also reduces the absorption of plant sources of iron in the diet. People who are anemic should limit tea consumption when eating iron rich foods.
White tea prevents cavities and strengthens teeth and bones due to the high fluoride content. White tea and tea extract may also help promote weight loss according to published work in the 2009 “Nutrition and Metabolism Journal.” Weight loss may be accelerated in overweight individuals who drink tea due to the active component catechin, which inhibits adipogenesis while stimulating the fat burning activity in the body.
Drinking tea may also help reduce risk of developing heart disease according to a 2001 study published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology.” Components such as catechins help to dilate blood vessels which allows for a reduction in blood pressure and better blood flow throughout the body. White tea contains the highest amount of catechins compared to green and black tea.