White Tea Research - What has science discovered about white tea?

White tea research is in early stages, but studies reveal white tea is overflowing not only with good taste, but with a multitude of health benefits, too. 

From white tea's antioxidants to its anti-aging benefits to its potential to help manage weight, this delicate tea is proving it may be a powerful addition to your overall health and wellness plan.

Here is what recent studies about white tea health benefits have to say. (Or, if you're not really interested in the research, visit our Health Benefits of White Tea page, where you'll find an overview of white  tea benefits without white tea research details.)

White Tea's Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Aging Qualities

According to a 2011 study at Kingston University in London, England, white tea can halt the development of problematic inflammation.

Chronic inflammation has a major effect on the onset and progression of various health concerns and diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, infertility, IBS, PCOS, Crohn's, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and osteoporosis), and it can lead to premature aging.

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White tea's impressive anti-inflammatory qualities can help reduce your risk of chronic disease and reverse the visible signs of aging (such as wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity), as well.

Click here to read a summary of this study. Or, to read a journal article about this research, click here.

White Tea Research about Its Remarkable Antioxidants and Anti-Aging Potential

Researchers at Kingston University in London, England in 2009 tested the health qualities of extracts from 21 plants, and found that white tea performed impressively. The study showed that white tea has high levels of antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and help our bodies fight chronic disease (like heart disease and cancer).

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The research also demonstrated that white tea can stop the enzymes that break down important proteins - especially elastin and collagen - in our bodies. Both elastin and collagen are essential for proper body functioning and repair, and contribute to skin smoothness and elasticity, as well.

In the study, other plants and herbs were found to prevent elastin and collagen breakdown, too - including green tea.

To read a summary of this research, click here, or you can read the research article here.

White Tea's Potential to Fight Lung Cancer

In 2010, researchers treated lung cancer cells with white tea extract, and found that the extract was effective (more effective than green tea extract) in increasing a certain type of cell death. Read a summary of this research here, or click here to review the research abstract.

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That's not all! To read more about additional studies targeting white tea, click here to go to White Tea Research Part 2.

Research about white tea is just beginning (especially when compared to scientific studies about green tea), but the great potential for health benefits that has been discovered in this 'newcomer' tea is exciting!

White Tea and Caffeine

Exactly how much caffeine does white tea have? Click here to learn more about caffeine levels in the different types of tea.

Are there any risks in drinking white tea?

It's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before adding significant amounts of white tea to your routine, particularly if you are expecting or a nursing mom, if you're thinking of using white tea to help you lose those extra few pounds, or if you're taking any prescription medications, such as blood thinners.

And, for those of you who are sensitive to caffeine, keep in mind that white tea naturally contains caffeine, so it may leave you feeling anxious, irritable, or headachey if you tend to experience caffeine side effects. 

Research has uncovered a few side effects of tea from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, as well. Be sure to visit our Health Effects of Tea page to learn more.

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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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