White tea, pure antioxidant power

By Carolin 

white teaPure, natural and unprocessed.

contains 3 times more antioxidants than its popular cousin green .

Black, green, white and oolong tea all comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis tea bush. The difference depends entirely on what happens after it is plucked.

is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. The tea takes its name from the silver fuzz that still covers the buds, which turns white when the tea is dried.

Tea leaves destined to be sold as white tea undergo even less processing than green tea leaves. Instead of air-drying, the leaves are merely steamed. The result is a pale tea with a sweet, silky flavor. People who have tried both note that white tea lacks the “grassy” aftertaste which often is associated with green tea.

White tea contains less than green tea:

Black tea: 40 mg caffeine per serving

Green tea: 20 mg caffeine per serving

White tea: 15 mg caffeine per serving

Studies indicate that white tea is even better for you than green tea. Leaving tea leaves so close to their natural state means that white tea contains three times more of the powerful polyphenol, than green tea. This has made white tea a popular anti aging product.
White tea is also said to have  antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Just like green tea it is fluoride rich which helps prevent dental plaque.

How to brew white tea

Don’t use boiling water as it will damage the delicate leaves and many of its antioxidants. Heat the water to boiling temperature then let it cool.  A temperature around 170 – 185 degrees Fahrenheit (76 to 85 degrees Celsius) is best.

I use about 1 teaspoon of white tea leaves for every cup of water and brew for about 1 minutes. But this is very much a matter to taste.

While you’re waiting for your tea to brew watch this beautiful video about how tea is grown and made.

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13 Responses to “White tea, pure antioxidant power”

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  2. stonedfenix on January 2nd, 2009 10:29 pm

    LOL, so thats what the white fuzz was. I thought the guy sold me moldy tea leaves. Now I kinda regret tossing out my bag of tea. Oh well. But does this mean eating freshly picked buds or young leaves have even more good stuff?

  3. Harry from chai tea on November 18th, 2009 3:50 pm

    Very enjoyable reading, I guess i just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write :)

  4. Carolin on November 18th, 2009 11:32 pm

    I’m glad you liked it Harry.

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    [...] Tea is anti-bacterial and anti-influenza. Immunologist found that people who drink five cups of black tea a day for two weeks will produce a large number of anti-viral interferon, its content is 10 times more than people who don’t drink tea.  This protein could be effective against infections help the body against flu. At the same time, it can reduce food poisoning, wound infections, athlete’s foot and even the symptoms of tuberculosis and malaria. Of course, drinking green tea also has the same effect. [...]

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  7. Van on February 3rd, 2010 10:00 am

    I must admit that I love blacktea now. I used to add alot of sugar and milk but have started to focus on the tea itself. Plain or black tea is a great way to truly taste the flavour of the tea.
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  8. Carolin on February 3rd, 2010 11:42 pm

    Good for you Van.
    There are so many different types of tea. Indeed, if you are able to drop the milk and sugar you actually get to taste the tea.
    I hope you’ll get to try out plenty to great teas.

  9. Michelle from Symptoms of Salmonella on March 2nd, 2010 2:10 am

    Many thanks for your message. I really get many information from it. Much appriciate

  10. jane from Under Cabinet Coffee Makers on March 24th, 2010 2:35 pm

    Wow! I never knew that Green tea had so much caffeine in it, I always assumd it was caffeine-free! Does that mean it’s unhealthy? I mean black tea is basically unhealthy if you drink a lot.

    Thanks for the post, I learnt something from it :-)
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  11. lynne from hozelock on July 7th, 2010 4:32 am

    I love to drink any tea pure and natural with no milk or sugar, the way it was intended to be drunk. Have to admit though I have never heard oif white tea, have recently started drinking green which I love,

  12. Carolin on July 8th, 2010 10:08 pm

    If you like green tea then I can recommend that you try white tea as well. It’s very pure and it is very high in antioxidants.

  13. rooibos tea on January 22nd, 2011 9:41 am

    People should try Rooibos Tea a healthy substitute for caffeine beverages by health-conscious business people, students, mothers and their families, as well as sport enthusiasts. A versatile beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold – with or without milk, sugar, honey or lemon.

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