More Research about White Tea for Health

White tea for health is becoming a more common research focus as interest in this tea and its many health benefits grows around the world. Let's look at more of the discoveries the scientific community is making about white tea.

White Tea Antioxidant Qualities

Results from a 2007 study confirmed the significance of white, green, and black tea antioxidants, showing that each of these teas - green tea in particular - can reduce oxidative damage in our red blood cells.

Oxidative stress, which is caused by free radicals, can age us prematurely and make us more susceptible to chronic disease. Interested in reading more? Click here to read the study.

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White Tea's Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal Properties

The many healing properties of white tea were established once again in this 2004 study at Pace University - specifically, its ability to disarm bad bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Researchers found white tea to be very effective in battling bacterial viruses - more effective than any other tea (including green tea!).

They also found that white tea can help prevent the development of dental plaque, and that certain toothpastes had improved anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties when white tea extract was added. To read a summary of this interesting study regarding white tea for health, click here.

Topical White Tea Use protects Skin from Stress and Aging

In 2003, researchers at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University studied the effectiveness of white tea in protecting skin cells from sun damage and other stressors that age and harm the skin.

In this study, topical application of a white tea extract cream improved skin cells' immune function and protected skin from oxidative stress (which can age skin and potentially lead to development of skin cancer). The white tea extract actually helped skin build resistance to stress, as well.

The effectiveness of the white tea extract for protecting and improving skin was attributed to the tea's antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Click here to read a summary of this study.

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White tea health benefits have been understood and valued in China for centuries, and, while many people don't need a scientific study to inform them about the value of white tea and its beneficial properties, current research does bring white tea to the public eye in a fresh, interesting way.

And white tea for health is still very new to scientific research, so it's likely we'll be learning much more about this amazing beverage in the years to come!

There's more... Click here to read more about current white tea research.

Why not try...

  • A white tea skin care or cosmetic product (preferably organic!)
  • Keeping an eye on your caffeine intake (as adults, our maximum recommended amount is 200 to 400 mg per day). Click here to read more about caffeine.

I drink white tea for health reasons... but are there any side effects from drinking white tea?

If you're considering adding white tea to your daily diet in significant amounts (say, to help you lose weight or manage your rheumatoid arthritis aches and pains), remember to talk to your healthcare provider first, to be sure this is a safe choice for you. 

This is particularly important if you are on any prescription medications (such as blood thinners), or if you are pregnant or nursing. 

Researchers have also found some side effects of tea that you may want to be aware of - click here to learn more.

Sensitive to caffeine? Be careful when first drinking white tea, because it does contain caffeine. You'll know whether its caffeine amounts are too much for you - watch for those caffeine side effects!

You'll find more information about recommended maximum caffeine amounts here.

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More about White Tea Benefits


Health Benefits of White Tea - There are so many reasons to enjoy a cup of white tea... and this tea's delicate, soothing taste is just the beginning! Drop by to discover why white tea is so good for health and wellness. 

White Tea Benefits & You! - Interested in what our other readers have to say about white tea benefits? Read their comments and opinions here, and why not share your own story about your experience with white tea?

White Tea Research - Interested in what recent research is saying about the health benefits of white tea? Learn more on our White Tea Research pages. 

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American Society For Microbiology. "White Tea Beats Green Tea In Fighting Germs." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 May 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040526070934.htm>.

Chen L, Chen Q, Zhang Z, Wan X. A novel colorimetric determination of free amino acids content in tea infusions with 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2009;22:137–141.

Gawlik M, Czajka A. The effect of green, black and white tea on the level of alpha and gamma tocopherols in free radical-induced oxidative damage of human red blood cells. Acta Pol Pharm. 2007 Mar-Apr;64(2):159-64.

Haskell CF, Kennedy DO, Milne AL, Wesnes KA, Scholey AB. The effects of L-theanine, caffeine and their combination on cognition and mood. Biol Psychol. 2008 Feb;77(2):113-22.

Mao JT, Nie WX, Tsu IH, Jin YS, Rao JY, Lu QY, Zhang ZF, Go VL, Serio KJ. White tea extract induces apoptosis in non-small cell lung cancer cells: the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-{gamma} and 15-lipoxygenases. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2010 Sep;3(9):1132-40.

Nutrition and Metabolism. "White Tea: Solution To Obesity Epidemic?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 May 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090430194803.htm>.

Orner GA, Dashwood WM, Blum CA, Díaz GD, Li Q, Dashwood RH. Suppression of tumorigenesis in the Apc(min) mouse: down-regulation of beta-catenin signaling by a combination of tea plus sulindac. Carcinogenesis. 2003 Feb;24(2):263-7.

Söhle J, Knott A, Holtzmann U, Siegner R, Grönniger E, Schepky A, Gallinat S, Wenck H, Stäb F and Winnefeld M. White Tea extract induces lipolytic activity and inhibits adipogenesis in human subcutaneous (pre)-adipocytes. Nutrition & Metabolism. 2009;6:20.

Thring T, Hili P and Naughton DP. Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2009;9:27.

Thring T, Hili P and Naughton DP. Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells. Journal of Inflammation. 2011;8:27.

University Hospitals Of Cleveland. "New Study Shows Tea Extract Protects Skin; White Tea Extract Reveals Anti-cancer, Anti-aging Properties." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 January 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/01/030130081227.htm>.


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