You probably know everything about the benefits of black tea and green tea, but did you know that white tea can be very beneficial for the health and well-being as well?
White tea owes its unusual silvery-white shade to a special production process.
White tea is made from the buds and leaves of the tea tree which are hand-picked in the early spring. At that time the still undeveloped leaves and buds are covered with silver-white fuzz that gives this tea the unusual white color. The white tea, unlike other sorts of tea, is not fermented. It is only dried, which gives the infusion a light golden color and a delicate flavor and aroma. White tea is one of the most expensive teas in the world, and its production is carried out according to traditional, very rigorous methods. It is produced mostly in China and highly appreciated by connoisseurs of tea.
So what makes this beverage so desired, besides its rarity and subtle flavor?
White tea is full of polyphenols which are a powerful antioxidant.
First of the many white tea benefits is its rejuvenating power. White tea is a rich source of natural antioxidants called flavonoids, it contains up to three times more of them than other sort of tea. Antioxidants help neutralizing the effects of free radicals, molecules which damage the healthy cells in the body. The formation of free radicals is promoted by a number of factors, including UV rays, pollution, stress, poor diet and smoking. Therefore, it is important to include white tea in our diet in order to delay the aging process, strengthen the immune system, lower the level of cholesterol and stimulate circulation.
Vitamin C from white tea supports the immune system.
White tea is a rich source of vitamin C which boosts the immunity and prevents infections; therefore it is recommended to drink it during the periods of increased susceptibility to colds.
Caffeine in white tea helps to concentrate.
Because of a high content of caffeine drinking white tea has a stimulating and refreshing effect. It is much healthier than coffee and just as good in stimulating focus and intellectual activity.
This is how you should brew white tea
The flavor of tea is determined mainly by the manner of brewing, as well as by the kind of water you use. The water should be soft and must not contain mineral salts, particularly calcium and magnesium. You should always remember that during brewing the leaves increase their volume so do not use more than a teaspoon of tealeaves for one cup.
The process of brewing can be repeated two to three times using the same leaves but the infusions will have a weaker taste. The time of brewing is very important; preferably it should be five minutes for the tea to will keep the best of its unique taste and aroma but it can range from 3 to 10 minutes, depending on the desired taste. The temperature of water used for brewing white tea should not be higher than 80 degrees.
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