After a long tiring day, won’t you be looking for a refreshing sip of tea?
We are very familiar with having a cup of black or green tea in such a situation. But what about savouring over a cup of White Tea keeping in mind the health benefits of White Tea?
Yes, white tea is the healthiest of all types of tea that you have ever had. There are majorly three types of white tea which are produced from the same plant but at different stages of its growth. White tea is the minimally processed tea with the maximum nutritious values.
For detailed knowledge on White Tea like what it is, how it is harvested, different types of white tea and many more unknown facts about it, please go through Advantages of White Tea over Green Tea.
Health Benefits of White Tea
Due to the minimum processing of the white tea, it attributes to the immense health benefits of the drinker. The major health benefits of drinking White Tea are:-
1. Rich in Anti-Oxidants
White tea is packed with a type of polyphenols called Catechins. Polyphenols are basically plant-based molecules that act as antioxidants inside the body.
Antioxidants benefit our body by protecting the cells from the harmful effects caused by free radicals. White Tea is one of the best types of tea that fights free radicals.
2. Prevention from Cancer
White tea is quite effective against cancer-causing cells and protects from many types of cancers like colon, prostate, and stomach cancers.
The compound Flavonoids, a type of antioxidants present in White Tea, reduces the growth of cancer cells and stops the development of new ones.
3. Effective in controlling heart disease
Polyphenols present in White Tea help to relax the blood vessels, thereby leading to lesser strain on the heart during blood pumping and therefore longevity in the good health of the heart.
Moreover, Polyphenols restrict ‘bad’ cholesterol, also known as LDL cholesterol from oxidations, thereby contributing to a good heart.
4. Helps in fighting Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become hollow and porous. It has been studied that free radicals and chronic inflammation may accelerate osteoporosis.
The catechins found in abundance in white tea fight these risk factors and thereby reduce the risk of developing Osteoporosis.
5. Helps in Weight Management
Whenever we are thinking of weight loss, green tea comes first in our minds. But white tea also is as effective as green tea in this because of the presence of caffeine and catechins like ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) which have a collective effect in boosting metabolism, therefore helping to burn body fat and shed those extra pounds.
6. Helps to protect your skin from ageing
Ageing of skin can occur due to internal reasons like imbalance of hormones or cellular components, poor diet, sleeplessness, obesity etc. and external reasons include mainly exposure to sun’s UV rays.
White tea and its compounds play a significant role in controlling skin aging by fighting against dullness, wrinkles and unwanted spots on the skin.
7. Helps to reduce stress
Theanine present in white tea helps to calm down your nervous system thereby reducing stress. So start drinking white tea daily twice in the morning and afternoon to lead a comparatively lesser stressed life.
8. Boosts immunity
The antibacterial properties present in white tea are helpful in boosting our immunity systems. Moreover, the antioxidants abundantly found in white tea strengthens the immune system thereby protecting against various diseases.
The presence of catechins in white tea also help to increase immunity in our body.
9. Increases mental alertness
White tea contains an important nutrient L-theanine which increases mental clarity and alertness.
10. Boosts memory
White tea being a very good source of antioxidant is also one of the best sources of catechins. Thus, it is a good food for boosting memory and concentration thereby decreasing brain debility.
How to brew a perfect cup of delicate white tea
Heat the water and do not ever boil it. The ideal temperature to dip the white tea leaves in water is usually 160 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
In case, you do not have a thermometer to measure the temperature of hot water, boil the water and keep it to cool down a little bit for 3-4 minutes and then pour it on the delicate and tender white tea leaves.
Take a good measurement of your white tea. Use 2 teaspoons of the finest quality of white tea (consisting of only tea buds and no leaves), i.e. Silver Needle variety for 180ml of water.
For a variety of white tea consisting of a mix of tea buds and leaves, i.e. White Peony, use 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of tea for 180 ml of water.
Steep the white tea buds / leaves for around 2-4 minutes depending on your taste. The time of steeping depends on your personal choice of taste, colour and fragrance.
As per my suggestion, if you are brewing white tea for the first time, steep the white tea for a minute and then keep on checking the taste and color in every 30 seconds till you achieve the desired one as per your choice which should not exceed 4 minutes under any circumstance.
An additional point I would like to mention here is that you may use a pre-warmed cup for having your cup of this heavenly drink so that there is no change of temperature of the tea when poured in the cups.
You may add boiling water in your tea cup and lightly move it around everywhere in the cup to make it warm. This is definitely going to add in more flavour to your cup of white tea.
You may use an infuser to keep your entire room filled with the beautiful aroma of the white tea buds/leaves.
Usually a basket-style infuser or filter (made up of glass/metal/cloth) is preferable over a ball-type infuser.
Alternatively, you can use the traditional age-old method of brewing your cup of white tea by pouring in hot water on the leaves / buds and allow them to steep in.
You can see from the entire discussion, white tea is an excellent addition to a healthy lifestyle. The reason why white tea has gained such importance in terms of innumerable health benefits is due to its limited harvesting time.
Moreover, it is the least processed type of tea, thereby making it more expensive, especially the ones of higher quality.
So, if you try to find out that whatever you are paying for a cup of white tea is worth its benefits or not, I must say yes it is. In fact, if you consider the immense health benefits of white tea, switching to a regular habit of white tea from any other variety of tea that you have been consuming till date, it is absolutely worth every penny of it.