More Research about the Benefits of White Tea

Thanks to current research about the benefits of white tea, we are learning more and more about how very good this delicious tea is for health and wellness. 

From helping with weight loss to lowering the risk of disease to fighting the signs of aging, there are so many white tea benefits for physical and mental health!

Here are more of the benefits of this tea that current research has found.

Benefits of White Tea for Weight Loss

A 2009 study in Germany looked at the effects of white tea extract on fat cells, and found that white tea can help prevent the development of new fat cells and encourage the breakdown of fat in existing fat cells, as well.

Because white tea goes through minimal processing, it contains very potent antioxidants. 

White Tea Benefits & You!

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These antioxidants (along with the caffeine in white tea) contribute to white tea's weight management potential. A summary of the research can be found here, or you can read the article abstract here.

White Tea as a Cancer Fighter

Oregon State University researchers found in their study in 2000 that white tea has significant cancer-fighting potential.

The research demonstrated that white tea is very effective in preventing the DNA mutations that are early indicators of cancer development - more effective than green tea, in fact. White tea was also found to reduce polyp development.

The high levels of naturally occurring polyphenols in white tea are believed to be behind its ability to fight cancer (colon cancer, in particular). Because white tea is processed very minimally as compared to other types of tea (including black, oolong, and green teas), it retains greater amounts of polyphenols.  

Read more about this study here, or you can find the research abstract here.

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White Tea improves Concentration, enhances Alertness, and encourages Relaxation

According to a 2009 study conducted in China, white tea contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid that sharpens our concentration, helps us to relax, and calms anxiety (click here to read this study).

L-theanine combined with the caffeine in white tea (remember, white tea, like all teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant, does contain caffeine) provides even greater alertness, according to research at England's Northumbria University in 2008. See more information about this study here.

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Research tells us about the benefits of white tea for our physical and mental health - but don't forget, one of the many, many reasons why tea is so beloved around the world is because it nurtures us emotionally and socially, as well.

Steep a soothing cup of white tea and enjoy - it's good for you in so many ways!

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Lots of benefits... but are there any side effects?

We hear so much about tea health benefits nowadays, but be sure you stay informed about tea's potential risks and side effects, too. Visit our Health Effects of Tea page for more information.

If you're sensitive to caffeine or trying to watch your caffeine intake, remember that white tea does contain some caffeine (although not as much as other caffeinated beverages, like coffee or energy drinks). You can learn more about caffeine in tea here.

Please be sure to check with your healthcare provider first if you're thinking of adding high amounts of white tea to your diet, especially if you're a nursing mom or have a little one on the way, or if you're currently taking any prescription medications. She'll be able to answer any questions you have about safe amounts of white tea for you.

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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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. <>.

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.

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