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It’s Tea Time

It's Tea Time - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeGreen Tea vs White Tea.

Everyone has heard of Green Tea and the claims for its health benefits (see my previous post – A Smarter Cuppa), but how about White Tea (and I don’t mean normal tea with milk in it!)? Well, you might just want to read on.

White Tea is the least processed and most delicate of all of the teas. Similar to Green Tea, White Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and has high levels of Catechins which can reduce the formation of atherosclerotic plaques and the severity of strokes, but White Tea’s levels manage to outstrip even Green’s. Being the least processed, it also contains the least amount of caffeine, which is good for people who are caffeine sensitive. It is also less of an irritant to the throat and stomach, so may be more suitable for those for whom acid reflux is a problem. Critically, it is showing positive benefits in helping destroy many potential diseases due to its high antioxidant levels, plus it has significant anti-inflammatory and anti-collagenase properties. Collagenase, by the way, is what breaks down the bonds in Collagen and over time slowly reduces the elasticity of skin. So, anything that works against Collagenase, is wonderful in my books.

Additionally, for those of you that really can’t stand the taste of Green Tea, you may find that White Tea is much more your cuppa. Being more delicate in taste, it is less bitter and a more refined taste than Green Tea, so you may well find it easier and more enjoyable to drink. It also appears as though both Green and White tea are enhanced in terms of releasing the above benefits, by having Vitamin C added (i.e. lemon), especially if made by steeping/cold brewing in the fridge.

Therefore, whilst both types of tea are great when it comes to antioxidants and super health benefits, it looks like White Tea just about has the edge on the health front. In which case, I’m off to make a brew.