When you think of teas packed with antioxidants, green tea or black tea might come to mind, but white tea has the most antioxidants of any type of tea. Because it undergoes the least processing of any tea, it’s able to hold onto all those antioxidants. Plus, its mild taste makes it the perfect sip for any tea drinker, whether novice or expert.
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THE ANTIOXIDANTS: CATECHINS, FLAVONOIDS, & TANNINS:
White tea contains three different types of antioxidants: catechins, flavonoids, and tannins, all with a different benefit for your health.
CATECHINS: Catechins are a unique type of antioxidant found in tea, cocoa, and berries, the most well-known being EGCG. High-quality white teas contain the highest number of catechins out of any type of tea.
FLAVONOIDS: Flavonoids are a type of phytonutrient found in fruits and veggies, and have powerful effects on reducing inflammation and boosting your immunity.
TANNINS: Tannins are what gives tea its color. As you might guess, there aren’t as many in white tea as there are in black tea, but you can still get the benefits while enjoying the lighter flavor of white tea.
The polyphenols in white tea help to relax your blood vessels as well as aiding your body in getting rid of bad cholesterol, making it a great choice for heart health. They also help to promote circulation, which also helps your heart to stay healthy.
Polyphenols are one of the best antioxidant groups for total body wellness, so it comes as no surprise that they help to support your digestive system, too. These antioxidants help to increase the good bacteria in your gut while fending off the bad stuff. Plus, catechines also function as a prebiotic, meaning that they help to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, leading to better balance.
White tea is also especially helpful for bone health. Catechins help to promote bone growth and slow bone breakdown. It's so effective that white tea has been shown to be helpful in preventing osteoporosis.
Stronger Immune System
The antioxidant makeup of white tea makes it great for supporting a healthy immune system. Both tannins and catechins are naturally antimicrobial to help your body ward off illnesses. Catechins also help to reduce inflammation to keep your body healthy. Because polyphenols are so great for your gut health (and a majority of your immune system is found in your gut), they help to regulate immune response.
We love polyphenols for their skin-boosting benefits. These ingredients help to protect skin from environmental damage like UV rays and pollution, helping your look fresher.
Reduced Risk of Disease
Antioxidants are important to help fight off the free radicals that contribute to disease. Tannins, in particular, have been shown to be anticarcinogenic.
Like other true teas made from the tea plant, white tea contains caffeine, but it’s balanced out by L-theanine. You get that boost of focus while still receiving the calming benefits of tea. Plus, the catechin EGCG works well with the natural caffeine in white tea to help boost your metabolism.
TYPES OF WHITE TEA WE LOVE:
SNOW DRAGON WHITE TEA Sips by CITIZENTEA
This simple white tea is low in caffeine and has a crisp, vegetal flavor.
SILVER TIPS WHITE TEA Sips by TEAPIGS
This is a silver tips white tea, made with the top buds of tea harvested in the Fujian provinces in China. The top buds are especially rich in antioxidants.
FUDING WHITE PEONY Sips by MANSA TEA
White peony tea means both the buds and leaves of the tea plant are harvested to create this sweet, flavorful white tea that is lower in caffeine than silver tips white tea.
STRAWBERRY POPOVER WHITE Sips by FAVA TEA
This unique tea has notes of vanilla as well as strawberry, cinnamon, orange, and hibiscus, and is especially delicious iced.
WINTER WHITE SPICE Sips by TEALIGHTFUL
Reminiscent of apple cider, this loose leaf white tea blend has cinnamon, apples, almonds, and star anise.
COCONUT ESCAPE BLOOMING TEA Sips by FLOWER POT TEA
For a welcome escape, grab this gorgeous tea. It creates beautiful floral art as it brews and blooms, and tastes nutty and floral.
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